Having the perfect space to study in is important to your ability to study effectively. Being surrounded by mess and clutter will only serve to distract you from your work. You can put yourself in the right mindset and improve your results by creating the perfect study space to suit your personality and learning style. With the right equipment, some planning and organisation, better results are within your reach. Take note of these tips we’ve prepared for you and you’ll soon be set up with the perfect study space.
1] Firstly, assess whether you need a completely quiet room in order to study, or if you prefer a bit of quiet background music. Find that space and claim it as your study space, between set hours if you need to. Make sure that your space is set at a comfortable temperature, too. If it’s too hot or too cold, you might not be very productive in your studies.
2] Set yourself up with the essentials – a good table and a comfortable chair and a computer if you need it. Select a chair in which you can sit for long periods while maintaining your concentration on studying. Set your desk up in a way that minimises hand, wrist or neck injuries and take care to avoid repetitive stress injury while working on your computer. Stock up with any tools you’ll need, like pens, pencils, paper, dictionaries and calculators. Make sure your table is set up in an area with adequate lighting. The best light to study in is daylight from the sun, but failing that, you can install a table lamp. The important thing is that you can clearly see what you need to see without any strain or discomfort.
3] Background noise – if you need total silence, be sure to inform family and friends of the times that you will be in your ‘study space’ and ask them to keep noise to a minimum. If you like a bit of background noise, instrumental music is a good choice as there are no distracting lyrics to listen to. It should be calm and relaxing, so it doesn’t distract you too much. Alternatively, there are apps that play sounds such as falling rain, cafe sounds or white noise.
4] Keep things organised. Try not to let your desk get overly messy and cluttered with your work. You could organise your study materials into folders and use bulletin boards or calendars to keep track of when things are due. Keep a ‘to-do’ list handy and always visible so you can defer to it easily whenever you need to. Don’t forget to keep your computer files organised as well – there’s nothing worse than being unable to find that file you need because you can’t remember where you saved it.
5] Hang a clock on the wall above your desk. You can refer to it while you’re studying to make sure you’re getting all the hours in that you need. You can also use it to meet time-related study goals. For example, after every half an hour of studying you can then give yourself a quick five minute break.
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