No learning happens in a vacuum. The environment set aside for study has an incredible influence on how successful time spent for learning will be. This, of course, is quite obvious to anyone who’s ever lived near a main road or had a flat mate or neighbour with a loud and unpalatable taste in music.
Nevertheless everyone can benefit from making a few arrangements at home to help set up their personal space and be more conductive to study. Here are a few tips from our experience worth bearing in mind when considering your own study zone:
You won’t get much out of your studies if you’re constantly in discomfort from a hard chair or badly adjusted desk. Consider investing in a decent adjustable chair – you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in it so you should ensure you have one that suits you best. Don’t be afraid to visit an office supplies store and try out the various chairs they’ll almost certainly have.
Adjustment wise, it is best to be able to adjust it so that both feet can comfortably rest flat on the floor without being so low as to require excessive bending in your legs. This will help you maintain good posture which will keep you comfortable and alert through your learning.
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Light is an essential part of studying for obvious reasons. With obvious exceptions, you can never have too much light. The human body is naturally accustomed to being awake when exposed to strong light which is why most people require darkness for comfortable sleeping.
Coincidentally then, it’s important to make sure your study area is well lit during periods of learning. Not doing so will start to invite the natural urge to sleep with the associated shut down in brain function that accompanies the body's expectation of an upcoming rest period. In short- keep the lights on physically to keep the lights on mentally!
The hardest part of home study is the self-discipline required to see things through. It’s all too easy to be distracted by an interesting looking magazine, or to follow an interesting link online. Ensure all things that might tempt you away from your work are stored safely away from your study area.
Expand this to your computer. Most operating systems nowadays allow you to have multiple user accounts. Set up a new one free from all the tempting distractions you might have on your main user account for use during study time. One without the websites, games, applications and soon that can all tempt you away from your learning.
When setting up your Study Area give special thought to keeping it supplied with all the things you might need. Pads of paper for note taking, pens for writing of different colours, hole punchers, staplers, staples, post it notes. Only you will know best what tools are the most invaluable for helping you in your learning. But make sure they’re handy and available before you being studying – suddenly needing to find a stapler in the middle of a study session can interrupt your train of thought and damage your efforts.
Have you got any tips for setting up a successful study area? Let us know!