There are fewer options for students for finding a place to study, especially now when most of the world is in lockdown or in quarantine. Going out is discouraged, and for a good reason. This means that if you need to study and review, then inside your home is pretty much the only place where you can do it safely. However, your house and your room might present some distractions, which means that you should be creating a dedicated spot for your academics. Here are some points to consider in making your own study space.
Designate a Dedicated Space
You may be staying in students accommodations, especially if you study in a big city like London or Chicago, but it may not have enough of the amenities you need. A certain amount of privacy is in order, and you have to set it when you build your study space. Choose a corner in your room that you like best and set up your desk, chair, and storage for your materials there. It doesn’t have to be large, just enough to be able to get to everything that you need while you’re studying. As much as possible, you wouldn’t want it too near the bed or TV.
Keep Distractions At A Distance
The reason why you’d want to keep away from the bed and the TV is because you’d want to stay away from distractions as much as possible. This also means that while you can put in some storage for healthy snacks, your main dining area should be away from the study space. Books that aren’t related to your schooling should also be separated from your academic material. Chances are you’re working with a computer, and on the internet, so you should avoid installing games and playing them. If you have more than one unit, you can dedicate one to your studies and put the distractions on the other one.
Regulate Light and Temperature
Studying requires a lot of reading, which means that you need a lot of light so you won’t strain your eyes. Make sure you have several options for lighting on your desk, such as lamps. The temperature will also affect how you study, so you also need to find some way to keep it in check. If it’s too hot, it will be exhausting. If it’s too cold, you can get sleepy instead. An air conditioning unit can be helpful, but if you have windows, you can place your desk near one of them and open and close as needed.
Place Reasonable Comforts
Being all tense and nervous all the time will not help, and study requirements don’t help matters. Going in too strict and harsh with yourself will only make you freeze up and not allow you to do your work in the best way you can. Allow yourself some comfortable things, like cushions, snacks, and ambient music. When you’re relaxed, your mind becomes more open to the information that it needs to absorb, making it easier for you to study. Just make sure that it doesn’t get in the way of your reviews instead.
Making yourself a conducive place for study lets you concentrate more and can raise the quality of the time you spend doing it. Using it every time can take some getting used to, but once your mind associates that place with focusing on your academics, it will be easier for you to start your sessions. You’ll be able to get in the “zone” much faster and be able to spend more time actually absorbing information rather than preparing your mind for the task.