A successful and productive studying session depends on a number of things: having the right materials, being in the right frame of mind, and having a purpose are the often thought of factors. But the right study space is just as, if not more, important as these.
It may be early in the year, but it is worth thinking about and getting organised as soon as possible. The right study setup means that you can always find pens, books, reference materials and so on when you need them and they’ll more than likely be within arm’s reach. We all know how difficult it is to get in the mood to study when our surroundings aren’t right. And you aren’t going to stay in one spot too long if you’re uncomfortable.
The first thing to do is to find or set up a dedicated study area that’s free from distraction. We wouldn’t recommend studying in the kitchen or your bedroom for example. While they may be quiet, your body has associations with them so you may find yourself feeling sleepy in your bedroom or a bit more peckish in the kitchen.
You don’t need to gather all sorts of furniture and equipment for this study area, but a few bits and pieces will come in handy. Naturally, you’ll need a desk or table to work on. It should provide you with enough space to spread out your work so that you don’t get overwhelmed by a mountain of books or resort to stacking sheets on top of one another. Avoiding clutter is essential. Plus, you need a little extra space for the tools that you need for a given study session.
Storage space is another consideration that should be at the top of your list when preparing your study area. It’s important to keep your work space clear, but you need to be able to find and access any additional materials quickly. You need a place to store your books as well as resources such as your dictionary, thesaurus, or atlas. A bookcase, desk drawers or shelves can be invaluable. Everything should have a place and should be readily accessible.
Some elements of your study space can be a careful balancing act. Take your chair for example. An uncomfortable chair can cause discomfort or result in longer term pain that will impact your study over time. On the other hand, a chair that is too comfortable may actually make you sleepy. You need to find a chair that you can sit in comfortably for hours while maintaining focus.
A good study space isn’t quite half the battle, but it will ensure that you stay motivated, productive and organised. Small changes can make a significant difference. Make sure your study area is set up just the way you like it before the crunch period hits and it will be significantly easier to put the head down and get the work done.
In Short: With the school and college year approaching, it’s time to set up a study space so that you don’t lose actual studying time when it’s most important.