Student life is rather engaging and at times offers much fun. Being young and having lots of friends… Is there anything else you need for happiness? A friendly student community and an exciting extracurricular environment may offer a high fun factor; however, many students experience difficulties when it’s time to get ready for exams or complete a major project. College and university studies require preparation to build up a well-rounded education. Self-motivation and the ability to organize your time and activities are to be considered first. Here are 12 tips to help students create a perfect studying environment!
Choose a proper place for your studies
Find a place which will suit your studies regarding all key factors: lightning, comfortable sitting and a table. Try to avoid using the same place for studying and napping (Cohn, 2013). The place where you study should help you concentrate, not fall asleep!
Get equipped with everything you need
Choosing a place and getting right to work is one thing, but it’s also essential to sort everything out around you, and make sure you have all the necessary tools and reference materials so there’s no need to search for things every single moment (Cohn, 2013).
Keep your studying place clean
Keep the place where you study tidy and clean it regularly. Wadded up papers and stained coffee cups are likely to bring disorder into your mind. A neatly ordered table and plenty of fresh air in your room can boost your mood and enhance your brain power!
Reduce the number of distractions
Stay away from noisy places. A few experts think that soft background music benefits your concentration and, at the same time, boosts your academic studies; but there is also evidence to suggest that hearing a familiar tune and humming along with it is more likely to distract you from your studies (Flavin, 2015).
Use the library
Go to the library and spend time studying there. Find and use books related to your topics. Being surrounded with a dozen books will give you a better insight into the subject matter of your studies, and the library itself will also serve as an inspiring environment for you.
Include regular breaks into your studies
Once you’ve organized your working environment and escaped all disturbances, you can immerse fully into your studies and let the whole world forget about you until the next holiday. No way! Don’t forget about work/rest balance! Take regular breaks to recharge your batteries and get some inspiration (Cohn, 2013). Go out for a while and breathe some fresh air or have a snack. You’ll notice that these short pauses can make your studies more effective and stimulate your mental abilities!
Leave your gadgets aside for a while
Make a decision to avoid using your iPad and mobile phone while you study. You may think that you can’t do without them a single minute, but in fact, it’s not true! Unplug your devices or turn the silent mode on. This will help you concentrate on the exam or project, instead of non-stop useless chatting. Moreover, being silent for some time will help you generate new ideas and get a better insight of the subject you’re dealing with (Flavin, 2015).
Keep in mind your motivation
Always remember the goals you want to achieve through studying (Cohn, 2013). It’s important to understand why you need to get good education, so envision a major goal that you dream about and find something to represent this dream to yourself that you can hang on your wall or put on the cover of your notebook. Have a look at this image each time you start losing your enthusiasm. Remember, all your studying means something!
Don’t get discouraged if some task seems rather challenging. Divide tough tasks into chunks to cope with them easily (Cohn, 2013). This way, if something seems too difficult today, it will get much easier tomorrow!
Make the list of tasks for each day
No matter how many issues you have to deal with, or how many pages you have to compose, it’s impossible to do everything in just one day (Cohn, 2013). Analyze the amount of work you have left to do and make a list of things to accomplish each day (e.g. to find the needed sources, to read\write 20 pages). At the end of the day, cross out all the items that you’ve completed. Using such approach will make your studies well-timed and better-organized, and you’ll avoid problems with due dates.
Choosing time for studies – an early riser or a night owl?
Studying both day and night before an exam or typing the day and night before handing in a term paper is pointless and exhausting. Choose a time when you are able to read a lot, analyze information, compose thesis, so that your scholarly work is the most effective (Flavin, 2015). It usually depends on your biological clock; so morning or evening hours for studies; you’re the one to choose.
Make your studying environment suit you!
Along with acquiring good knowledge and getting excellent academic results, it’s very important to enjoy your studies! Try to organize you study-place just the way you like it. Get a new comfortable chair for yourself, or put a nice plant on your table.
To summarize everything above, let’s state simply that your study environment, if organized the right way, will boost your mood and raise your grades.
1. Flavin. 12 Tips to Create a Perfect Studying Environment for You. 18 May. 2015. <http://rasmussen.edu/>
2. Cohn. 10 Tips to Create a Good Studying Environment. 22 Apr. 2013 <http://examiner.com/>