How Sleeping In Class Actually Helps You Learn


If you haven’t passed out in class you either aren’t going to class or you aren’t working hard enough. So I will just assume that you have nodded off but before you go feeling bad about it perhaps you should read an article by elite daily. It turns out that nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all, as a new study has shown that going to… Read More

Study Before Bed for Significantly Better Retention

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It’s not news that sleep is tied to learning—even a 90-minute nap can significantly help boost your brain power—but if you want to cement new knowledge in your brain, recent sleep research demonstrates that a good night’s sleep shortly following your studies has a significant impact on your ability to retain information. The study in question asked participants to memorize related word pairs (e.g., circus – clown) and unrelated word pairs (e.g.,… Read More

How Not to Die in College: Not Falling Asleep in Class


No lie, it’s been a long time since I’ve been an undergraduate freshman, but now that I’m a graduate student in a new school and in a new state, I’m finding many parallels to then and now. To keep things interesting I will provide some sage-like advice from someone who has already graduated, in my series HOW NOT TO DIE IN COLLEGE (HOW NOT TO DIE INC). How Not to Die In College Presents:… Read More

Forget A’s, B’s, and C’s—What We Need Is More Zzzz’s


Some advertisers routinely entreat us to undermine our health, but rarely through overt attacks on healthy behavior. When one such unhealthful message assaulting sleep reached my university’s campus this fall, I began to hear about it from offended and sympathetic colleagues. One saw it in her freshman daughter’s dorm. Another saw it in a campus convenience store. The makers of the energy drink Red Bull advised students that “Nobody ever wishes they’d… Read More