A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that undergrad students learn better in classes that are later in the day, compared to morning classes.
The study was conducted by Mariah Evans, sociology professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, her colleague Jonathan Kelly, and Paul Kelley of The Open University in the U.K.
Researchers conducted a large survey of almost 200 first and second-year undergrads and also collected data that examined links between sleep and cognitive function.
The study concluded that courses that start at 10 a.m. would be more ideal than courses that start at 8 a.m.
However, while “there is no ideal start time” for all students, up to 83 percent of students would be performing their best if they started classes at their ideal time, the study concluded.
Researchers said that biological factors also play into students’ inability to perform their best too early in the day. Previous research has shown that younger people’s body clocks are set at a different time than older people.
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