Studying in student halls
Studying in student halls can be quite a challenge for me, especially with lots of people coming and going and the many distractions that come with living in London. So here are five of my best tips to help you study more effectively whilst living in student accommodation. They work for me, and I hope they will work for you too.
1. Keep a tidy desk space
The more room you have to work, the better it is for you. You can put your laptop in the middle of your desk and then put your books/paperwork on either side of your laptop, so they are easy to get to.
2. Set yourself break times
Taking regular breaks will help improve your concentration during your study sessions. When living in student accommodation, there are some easy things you could do such as tidying your room, making a drink for yourself and your flat mates or doing your laundry. At Liberty Court, for example, the washing takes around 30 minutes and the drying takes around 50 minutes, giving me time to work whilst my clothes are at the laundry.
3. Do not work on your bed
As attractive as it is, I have found to my cost that studying on my bed is unhelpful. I tend to get distracted and lose concentration more easily when I am studying on my bed than when I am studying at a desk. The beds here at Liberty Court are the perfect size to spread my work out and this is too tempting; before I know it, I just want to relax and down tools! So, make sure you work at your desk. Your bed is where you chill out and your desk is your work zone!
4. Revise with friends
If you are going to be studying in student halls, then revising with friends is a good option. The kitchens in a shared flat are normally large enough for a group to study together. The other advantage of working with friends is that their academic strengths might compliment your weaknesses.
5. Learn the online library
The final piece of advice I have is get to know your university’s online library system. That way you don’t have to have loads of books lying about your student halls bedroom, as the majority of them will be accessible online.
These are my five top tips. I hope they work as well for you as they do for me!
Posted on 18th March 2014 by Jessica H.
Jessica H. is a 1st year Journalism undergraduate staying at one of Liberty Living’s 5 student residences in London. She has been writing a variety of blogs about being a student and living in student accommodation.