Although they are looked back on as the best years and most carefree years of your life, the truth is that whilst you are in the middle of them, the years you spend in high school and university can be some of the most pressure ridden and demanding of your entire life! If you make the right kind of searches online, you can find a million different suggestions for how to make your studying life a lot easier, and these range from things you can do in your own head like relaxation techniques to things you can do with fellow students like creating study groups to lean on and learn from one another. However, something that is less publicised but something that we think is one of the most important factors in successful learning is to create a perfect, productive study space for yourself, a space away from the social pressures of university where you can get your head down and really make a difference to your studies. If you are looking for tips on how to create your very own perfect study space, then you have come to the right place!
1. Invest In A Good Desk
The first think you need to do is find a really good quality, spacious desk from which to base your study space. There may be smaller, cheaper alternatives, but it’s really work spending the extra few bucks on something that has enough room for you to spread out all of your work. You want something that is going to go the distance too, not something that is prone to breaking at any minute.
2. Comfortable Chair
If you are serious about your studies, then the chances are that you are going to be spending a lot of time sat at your desk, and for this reason it is imperative that you buy a chair that is comfortable to sit in for hours at a time. Backache is something that can really ruin a study session by taking your mind away from the learning. You want a chair that is comfortable enough to allow you to concentrate on your work, but not so comfortable that you nod off after a while!
3. Adequate Lighting
Sure, your laptop or PC is something that provides light from within, but you need more than the harsh light of the screen to be as productive as possible. Make the most of some strategically placed lamps around your designated study area. They will provide a warmer, less harsh light that you can rely on not to cause you a headache and allow you to see all your notes and books that aren’t directly in front of your computer screen.
4. Keep Organised
Mess is the arch enemy of productivity. The more chaotic your study space is, the more chaotic your mind is going to be when you are trying to get important work done. Things are bound to get messy when you are frantically studying and trying to find different notes from different books, but try to maintain a level of calm and organisation and you will find that the flow of studying comes much easier. And that goes for files on your computer too. Keep everything organised in handy folders so that you don’t panic when you can’t find something important.
5. Social Media Free Zone
Commit to making your designated study area a place where checking on all the various social media platforms is completely banned. Things like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some of the worst enemies of productivity, and you would be shocked by just how much time they take up without you even realizing it. Instead of constantly scrolling for updates, treat social media as a reward where you can have five minutes of freedom after every solid hour of studying. This turns it into a source of motivation rather than procrastination!
6. Block Out Distracting Sounds
If your TV or radio happens to be on in the corner, get up and turn it off. You don’t realise how distracting they can be until you are studying much better without them. Alternatively, if you have a Spotify or Apple Music account, there are hundreds of playlists on the platforms that are designed especially for studying, filled with instrumental and ambient sounds that are scientifically proven to help a student with their concentration and focus levels.
7. Avoid Snacking
Much like social media, treat eating and snacking as a reward for a period of extended study. Snacking whilst studying will only result in sugar rushes and subsequent crashes that will prevent you from being able to do any really worthwhile academic work. Have a healthy meal before you start studying and that should be enough to see you through a productive session. If you’re in for a long, heavy session and need a snack, choose something healthy that won’t cause spikes in your blood sugar.