Learning in the right space

Are you finding studying a challenge? Do you find that you get easily distracted, sleepy or fidgety when trying to do your work? Take a look at these top tips to set up a better study space that will help you stay on track and achieve better results.

Temperature

Too hot and you could find yourself nodding off while trying to read. Too cold and you may be distracted by finding blankets, making a cuppa etc. Make sure you choose a temperature for your workspace at which your mind and body work best – this is usually somewhere between 18 and 22 degrees.

Clutter

You’ve probably heard of the common saying that a tidy desk equals a tidy mind. Having clutter around your workspace can affect your productivity levels. Ensure that papers are filed away, get rid of any rubbish before you start work, and keep your workspace clear – it will help you think clearly too!

Light

Having enough light is really important to ensure you’re not straining your eyes while studying – this will help prevent tiredness and headaches. Likewise, make sure that your space isn’t too bright, you don’t want to be squinting at a book or your computer screen!

Distractions

Turn off your mobile phone, the television or any other devices in the room. If silence isn’t for you, put on some background music that doesn’t have lyrics so that you don’t get distracted by singing along! If you have children who are at home during your study hours, try setting them up with some toys to keep them occupied while you get some work done. Even better, ask a family member or friend if they can pop by to help occupy the kids while you write your next assignment!

Visual aids and Equipment

Make your space as enjoyable to be in as possible. Kit it out with all the resources you need (stationary, folders, your laptop etc.) Try adding some personal touches that reflect your personality, such as photographs, a poster, a fun calendar or print outs of motivational quotes on the wall. Putting your own stamp on your space will make it a more inviting and pleasant place to study in, which will help keep you motivated.

Making space

You may not have an entire room available to dedicate to studying however using just part of a room may be a possibility for you.

You can find lots more ideas and inspiration on our Learn in the Right Space Pinterest board.

Do you have your own study space tip? Send us your tips, or let us know how these tips are working for you, on Twitter @CLLWarwick, on our Facebook page, or feel free to leave a comment below.

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