Does Waking Up Early Help You to Memorise Things Better?

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It is imperative that you get all of those facts and figures in your head, but there are just so many of them and it’s so difficult to find the time. This is a problem that has affected students for as long as exams have existed. What is the best way to study? Does waking up early help, and how can I do that if I’m just not a morning person? Hopefully this article will help you on your way to getting all that information in your noggin.

The first reality to accept is that everybody is different. Whether or not waking up early to revise is good, generally speaking, will make not a bit of difference to somebody whose body just does not function properly when woken up early. If you really are that person, you will already know this and should discount completely the idea that somehow your whole bodily system is just going to magically alter because you need it to.

It is dark at night and light during the day for a good reason, or at least our bodies believe that, which is why daily life follows its normal path through the sunlit hours and we sleep and rest during the night. As our bodies have been living to this pattern for the duration of our stay on this earth it only makes sense that by adhering to this routine we are living more in synch with our natural flow.

By being in synch with the world outside, well-rested and fresh from a good sleep, everything about your attitude to the coming day automatically improves. You look at the clock and see how much time you have before you in which to get everything done. This simple positive start has a direct correlation with your ability to then revise, calmly and systematically.

The easiest way to compare this technique and its benefits is to compare it with an alternate way of working. If you try to cram revision into the end of a long day your body is naturally tired and wanting to rest and therefore resistant to the whole process. You can sit in front of a book then and force yourself to read but most of it will not be withheld as your body is just not functioning properly at this time. And all the caffeine in the world won’t really change this!

So now that it has been logically established how waking up early will help you most effectively hit those revision books, the question that many lovers of lying in will ask is, how?

Some simple techniques that help waking up early include:

  • Setting your alarm ten or twenty minutes earlier each day
  • Moving the alarm clock and the snooze button out of reach
  • Avoiding coffee and fizzy drinks late at night
  • Getting straight out of bed and making your bed as soon as the alarm sounds
  • Make a pot of coffee even if you don’t like it. The smell itself will wake you up

It is important to remember that simply waking up early is not going to help you memorise anything automatically. Establishing this routine is only the first part of the process.

In order to effectively learn, you also need to plan exactly what it is you are going to do once you are awake. And just because you have woken up early doesn’t mean that you don’t need breaks from work. Ten minutes in every hour is a good rule of thumb to follow.

So you’re up early and you’ve got a plan on how you’re going to approach the work at hand. Take a look out of the window at that rising sun and get ready for all of those previously impossible facts and figures to just roll seamlessly into your comprehension. Oh what a glorious morning!

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