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The Importance of Timing to Learning

In addition to the types of questions presented in this learning survey, other questions and considerations may need to be addressed to analyze a prior learning experience and effectively plan for a current learning activity.

For example, are you a morning person or an afternoon person? Are you at your mental peak before lunch or after lunch? Naturally, if you are a morning person, you would want to schedule a learning situation or a test for the morning hours. Conversely, if you don't get into high gear until after lunch, then your learning or testing activity probably should be scheduled for that time.

Generally, it isn't possible to remain in a high mental state throughout an entire day. Due to metabolism, as well as prior work or scheduling experience, there are individuals who function better in the morning than later in the day. If you are used to getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day and you're in the office by 7 a.m., you're probably a morning person.