Where is your usual study space? This is something that is often overlooked, and yet highly important, especially now that most of your studying is done at home. In this guide, you will learn how to create the perfect study space.
1. Choose Your Space
To begin, you need to choose a room where you can study. It is important that this space is both quiet and free of other people. For example, a spare bedroom.
Now that you have chosen your study space, it is now time to choose the furnishings. You will require a desk. You do not have to invest in any expensive pieces of furniture. Chances are you already have a desk that is perfect for studying.
You will, of course, also need a chair. Choose a comfortable chair, as you will be sitting in it for long periods of time. An adjustable chair is preferable, so you don’t hurt your back.
A real or fake plant can also be a great addition to any study space. Studies have shown that plants can help increase productivity and reduce stress.
Also, make sure that your study space is ergonomic. In order to achieve this, ensure that your screen is at eye level, and that your’e not slouching in your chair.
If you’re interested, here’s some more advice on ergonomics from Jon Cinkay.
2. Remove Distractions
You will never be able to study properly unless you remove all distractions from your study space, and yes, that includes your phone (unless you are using it as part of your study).
The only thing that you should have on your desk is what you are working on at that point in time. Nothing else should be present in your study space.
If your biggest distraction is one that you have no control over, for example, people talking in another room, then you should invest in noise-cancelling earphones. They can help you to stay focused and avoid any external distractions.
If you like listening to music, make sure you only play instrumental music, as any music with lyrics will cause you to become distracted.
3. Organise Everything
You want to make sure that you can easily access everything you need in order to study before you begin your session. This will ensure that you don’t waste anytime looking for things while you’re in the zone.
Below is a checklist of the things that you will need to have before you start studying.
- Relevant Notes and Textbooks
- Pens, Pencils and Colouring Pencils
- Computer / Tablet (only if necessary)
- Refill Pad
- Tea or Coffee
- Study Music
- Whiteboard and Marker
Example of The Perfect Study Space
In the above study space, we can see that there is an ergonomic chair and laptop stand. There is adequate lighting and a plant. When creating your study space, try and model the above.
-The examable Team