Researchers from Trent University in Ontario (Go Excalibur!) found that students who were "tested" at 9 a.m. on a Guitar Hero song that they had learned at 9 p.m. the previous night (and then gotten their rest), performed three times better than students who learned the song in the morning and then were tested that evening.
This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year, and to help my older daughter get settled in for her junior year. It's a big transition, not just for them but for their mom, who will be an empty nester for the first time in 21 years. Our lives have been so consumed with the details of the move, there hasn't been much time to contemplate the emotional logistics. I thought long and hard about what my parting advice to them should be. I decided on, "get enough sleep!" Indeed, HuffPost College has launched a campaign urging students to replace the traditional "Freshman 15" (pounds), with the "Freshman 8" (hours of sleep). Check out Dr. Michael Breus's post on why this is so important, and these great tips on getting enough sleep in a dorm... without your mommy there to tuck you in.