A good study space can really improve the productivity of your study sessions. Taking the time to create a space that is clean, quiet and distraction-free can make a huge difference to your study routine.
1. Clean and comfortable
Trust us when we say that perching your laptop on top of a stack of papers that are leaning precariously to one side like the leaning tower of Pisa is not going to end well.
Before you start studying, clean whatever space you will be working at. File away any wayward papers, put away anything you won’t be needing and make sure your laptop or notepad is sitting directly on the desk. A comfortable chair and appropriate desk height will also help those hours pass a lot quicker. It may sound trivial but you’d be amazed at what a good desk chair can do to your study habits!
2. The lighting situation
Studying in the dark obviously doesn’t sound like a great idea, but many people do overlook the importance of lighting. A dark room is a really simple way to drain your energy and concentration. Natural lighting is best at keeping you alert during a study session, but if that’s not a possibility, a well-lit room will do the trick.
3. The set up
Ergonomics is the study of how efficient an individual is in their work space. Having an ergonomically-sound set up is a good way to help to make your study sessions more productive.
There are a few ways you can make your study area more ergonomically-sound. The first is having an organised work-space. Make sure you have everything you will need within arm’s reach for each study session before you actually sit down to work. Your sessions will be far more productive if you don’t have to get up and down every few minutes to collect something you had forgotten.
Something else you can do is ensure you have the appropriate study accessories. Some of these include folders to organise your notes in, a desk organiser, a pen holder/pencil case or a calendar to write exam dates in. All of these accessories can make your sessions more productive, as your workplace will be more organised.
4. Distraction-free zone
On paper this seems like a no-brainer, but I think we can all agree it is much easier said than done. Your study space will function far better if it is actually used for studying.
Be self-aware of what tends to make you lose concentration during a study session. Once you know, keep them away! I think most people will be guilty of spending too much time on their phone during a study session, so don’t tempt yourself by putting it next to you while you work! The reward system is often a good way to combat this – for example, reward yourself by with 5-10 minutes of phone time after you have completed an hour of work.
5. Location, location, location
Location is key when it comes to a good study space. You will want to try to find somewhere quiet, calm and tucked away from temptations.
While it is common to use a bedroom desk as a study space, we want to express caution. Studying in your bedroom leaves you awfully close to your bed, which will, after about 10 minutes of study, start calling your name. Naps can be effective, but napping your way through a study session will not be beneficial! If possible, we suggest working at a dining room table, in a study or in the kitchen.
It’s worthwhile taking a bit of time to make your study space a better place! A good study space can make your sessions more productive and efficient, as your concentration energy levels increase.