How often do you get to late afternoon and cannot keep your eyes open? Try what you may you are exhausted, no matter how much sleep you had last night. Your body as well as your brain goes through many different stages during a day. This means there are optimal times of the day that the brain can process certain types of information.

Different times of the day offer different pros and cons. There are advantages to studying early in the day when your mind is still fresh and calm. You will probably find that your concentration is more focused and you will be able to study with a certain intensity. According to, an advantage of studying in the evening before you go to sleep is that the new information is not likely to be pushed out by other information. It has between six and eight hours to settle in your mind without being disturbed. The disadvantage of course being that you may be exhausted and unable to concentrate on the material in front of you.

Certain studies have found that age may play a role in when you are at your most focused during the day. Younger people’s ability to concentrate tends to improve as the day progresses, while older people generally exhibit a decline. These patterns suggest that morning may be the best time for older adults to undertake challenging cognitive tasks, and that late afternoon or evening may be best for younger people. Keep in mind these are generalisations, not scientific fact.

When you are studying English, it is important to take task appropriate breaks. While writing an essay, it is recommended that you take a break after 45 minutes and resume after about 15 minutes. You are also advised to revise any new information from the previous day early in the morning to refresh and focus you on the day ahead.

All in all, I would say that it probably differs from person to person how and when they learn best. One fact that is certain is that revision is important, and if possible, do a little at night and in the mornings when you wake up. This way you will secure and imprint the new information forever. Add into this all the practise you get while living in an English speaking country and you are bound for success!