Does Going to Lecture Theatres overnight Mean Going to Read?

Obafemi Awolowo University

You can agree with me that the power and benefits of reading can never be overemphasized. Ranging from reducing stress, to helping you remember things you have forgotten, even to improving your vocabulary and comprehension and so on, reading has proved to be vital from generation to generation. This article however is not to inform you about the benefits of reading, but to discuss about overnight reading in lecture theatres (among students of OAU).

I’d assume we all know that there are two major factors to consider when you want to read, which are the time you choose to read, the environment you decide to read(at that time). Sometimes, the motive behind your reading also matters. Most OAU students prefer to ‘read overnight’ at lecture theatres, but does going to the lecture theaters overnight mean going to read? No, it doesn’t! Why? Let’s find out.

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I understand that reading at night or overnight has its perks, as night times are almost quiet and peaceful with less buzz and distractions compared to daytime when people are more active. However, let’s face the fact, students will always be students.

Below are the kinds of people that go for overnights and the things that are done in lecture theatres overnight;

1. Follow-follow geng: Some go to the lecture theatres due to peer pressure, as per say “my friend dey jack, make me sef go jack”.

2. Babe finder: let’s be real, some go with the sole aim of finding babe. Let us also not forget that there are inevitable ‘forces of nature’ such as mosquitoes that can prove to be a constant distraction at night, considering the topographical area of the Obafemi Awolowo campus.

3. Serious researchers: Yes, you might say reading at night helps you to focus and also makes research on search engines much easier as most of your friends are asleep, which makes your social networks less active.

4. The Disturber: Some students leave their friends thinking he/she is going to lecture theatre to read but they go to lecture theatres to disturb other students that are reading, constituting nuisance by making noises.

5. The Sleepy heads: Yes, you saw the right thing. Some students go overnight with the aim of reading but end up sleeping. They are most likely not night readers but they just want to leave the hostel in order to not appear unserious by sleeping in the hostel when their mates are going for overnights.

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However, I would like to point your attention to something. Let’s be honest with ourselves, most people being contactable during the day makes it easier to communicate with your friends or lecturers if you end up having any questions while reading. All you need to do is learn how to be disciplined and maintain focus, and reading during the day is a better training ground for such compared to reading at night. After all, distractions don’t always seem like distractions, and can therefore still be available at night without you knowing, thereby subtly taking away your precious time. Reading during the day on the other hand makes distractions a bit more obvious than they are at night, and it could give you the courage/ginger to be disciplined so as to avoid loosing focus. For example, you could train yourself to learning how to read in a busy or noisy environment and still be security conscious.

Although, it sometimes depends on our different biological rythms, which somehow determine our peak performance times, as some students are morning larks, while some are night owls. Nonetheless, according to learning experts, it’s advisable not to stay up late at night, as the brain does not only need adequate sleep time to run, but also to rejuvenate itself and give you maximum productivity especially when reading. Moreover, keeping yourself awake by consuming tea, coffee or other simulators at that time are not usually good for your health, not to talk of sitting on those uncomfortable chairs at the lecture theaters. Your mind and body would have already been exhausted from the day’s activities.

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So, by forcing yourself to read at night (whether you are used to it or not), you are going against your body system and giving it extra burden. Your productivity or efficiency of learning and understanding the course may not be at its best. So cracking open that book at night would more likely accelerate the amount of time it would take for you to fall asleep.

Besides, there are so many reasons why reading during the day is highly suggested, some of which are:.

1. You can’t live your full life adapting yourself to a night schedule. If you do, you’ll likely miss many things in your life. You’ll miss your routine…you won’t be able to wake up early to enjoy breakfast, meet up with early morning lectures & schedules and even socialize properly with friends, because you would spend most of your day sleeping.

2. As a result of sleeping all day, you will more likely become lazy and tend to skip many activities that happen during the day. And if you don’t, your body would be too tired from from all the day’s work even before you start studying at the night.

3. There are much better places to read than the lecture theatres such as the library. Since the society is structured around being active during the day and sleeping at night, so by sticking to this norm, you are giving yourself access to undeniable benefits such as being able to go to the library or the bookshop.

4. Natural light is far better for your eyes. Artificial light can affect our natural sleep rhythm.

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However, everyone’s point of view is different, but seriously, if you want to study you can do it at any hour in any condition. It’s just your mind who usually tends to fool you everytime and give you many excuses to not study. It depends entirely on YOU! (And sometimes the kind of exam you’re reading for). You know yourself better, read at the time you feel is best or whenever time permits you to study, but whenever you study, study with a fresh mind and with full concentration and make sure you take an unavoidable minimum of 5 hours sleep.

Conclusively, both early birds/day readers and nocturnal devotees/night readers can make ends meet, but I’d strongly advise you to read in the day time, or that you read the ‘hard to comprehend’ topics in the morning and the less difficult topics at night.

Reference: Quora

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