Preparing for your studies: creating your study space
There are many challenges you may face when starting or returning to University. One of these is creating a productive study space.
Here is your ultimate guide to getting set up so you can stay focused and make the most of your study time.
Find a space
It is important that you create a space where you can concentrate and have everything you need at hand. This means that the kitchen table is not a good space, as it is most likely used for other activities that will be constantly distracting.
Ideally you should have a room with a door which you can shut. This room is where you can go and focus on your academic work.
Get kitted out
A desk, chair and computer are essential. You also need somewhere you can store your text books, study guides and other reading material. Try to make your study area a welcoming place where you feel comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, so it pays to organise it in a way that encourages you to study.
Keep distractions at bay
Creating this space allows you to have the time to think and concentrate on your work. When you are establishing your study space, inform your family, friends and anyone else involved in your daily life, that this is your space and when the door is shut, you don’t want to be disturbed.
For parents with small children, this may not be realistic during the day, but find times of the day or night you can commit to your studies. If you’re a morning person, get up early before the family and use the quiet hours to study. On the other hand, if you’re a night person, it may work best to find time to study after the kids have been put to bed.
Look beyond your home
If you don’t have a space you can set aside permanently, think about using the University or local library as a quiet space to study. If you go on a regular basis, you’ll soon find that having this routine will help your concentration and your ability to focus on your studies.