Follow These Guidelines to Create an Effective Study Space
Getting that impressive grade point average is no easy feat. You need to study hard in a focus-inducive learning space that promotes that level of academic success. Hence, allow us to share with you some guidelines that you can follow to create the perfect study space at home to hit the books.
Get Rid of Distractions
Here’s the deal: a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. That’s why one of the first things that you should do before your study session is to clear your desk from all the unnecessary distractions. If possible, get rid of all your digital devices, or better yet, install an app on your phone that will restrict you from accessing games and social media apps. Playing games and chatting with friends will steal your attention and cause you to procrastinate.
Have Easy Access to Everything You Need Before You Start
The next thing that you need to do is to prepare all the materials that you’re going to need. In this way, you won’t need to stand up every now and then to get something and ruin your momentum.
Make Sure You’re Comfortable
Another factor that you need to consider is comfort. You want to make sure that you have a chair that provides you with ample back support (good posture actually improves focus!), and that your tools (including your computer keyboard and mouse) are ergonomically designed. Discomfort doesn’t just create a conscious distraction, but it also makes you unconsciously prone to make more mistakes. Speaking of comfort, this leads us to the next tip.
Adjust Your Study Space to the Ideal Temperature
A crucial part of one’s comfort is temperature. In fact, did you know that research shows that temperatures between 22°C and 25°C are optimal to boost production? Use room fans and space heaters when needed.
Trying to study in a poorly lit area can contribute to issues likes headaches and eyestrain, while soft lighting can make you drowsy. Western Carolina University suggests you choose a light bright enough to maintain your focus and keep you on task. Natural light is ideal, so try to schedule a few daytime study sessions to take advantage of the sun. Meanwhile, another study suggests that lighting plays a huge role in studying as well. Apparently, warmer light induces more creativity while colder light helps you concentrate better.
Some people find energetic music necessary to keep them awake during extended study sessions, while some prefer to listen to white noise (like the sounds of the rain or ocean waves) relaxing and helpful. However, we still recommend keeping your study space completely quiet when you’re trying to figure out complex concepts to help you concentrate better. It is recommended for those who enjoy some background noise while hitting the books to study under rhythmic music. People who prefer silence should set up their space somewhere they know they can escape from noisy friends or traffic. Western Carolina University recommended figuring out a schedule with roommates to ensure you’ll have a calm space.
Buy Some Plants or Decor
While we have constantly reiterated to keep your study space clutter-free, this doesn’t mean that it should look boring. Adding some plants or decor to your desk not only makes it more aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes the space friendlier and more fun to study in.
Use It Only for Studying
Finally, if there’s one thing that we want you to take away from our article, it’s this: dedicate a space specifically for studying. This will motivate you to study more and ultimately produce better results. Good luck!
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