How to create the perfect study space
We’ve done some research to find out which conditions can help you learn better and might even lead to better grades.
So if you’ve got an essay or an exam coming up, these top tips might be worth a try.
1) Designate an area, and stick to it
For most students, this will be the desk in your bedroom or the library.
The key thing is to create a zone that your brain will come to associate with focus and learning.
This will help you to more easily switch into study mode when you enter the space.
2) Create an uncluttered field of vision
It’s difficult to retain focus on the job at hand while studying for hours. Don’t make things harder for yourself by doing it with the TV flickering in the background or your games console or favourite novel propped up on the shelf in front of you.
Keeping distractions out of sight will lessen the temptation to procrastinate.
3) Put your phone away
Speaking of distractions, let’s talk about the biggest of them all: your phone.
Make sure you put it on silent and store it away in a drawer while you study.
At the very least, put it on airplane mode to stop all those notifications coming through.
4) Pay attention to light
Multiple studies have shown that working in natural light can boost academic performance.
So, if you can, find a spot in your room or the library near a large window. And if you’re studying into the small hours? Invest in a good flexible desk lamp with a bright, LED bulb.
A cool light with blue tones is said to improve concentration.
5) Have everything you need to hand
A bottle of water, snacks, textbooks and stationery; make sure you have everything you need for your study session within easy reach.
The idea is that you shouldn’t need to leave the space to get something. As soon as you do, there’s a risk of breaking focus and starting something else.
6) Keep it quiet
Science tells us that silence is best for studying, but if you’re someone who prefers a bit of background music, make sure you pick something without lyrics.
Try something instrumental like classical music, and make sure you play at a low volume.
And there you go: 6 tips for creating a study space that will lead you to success!