Where you study is equally as important as how you study. Finding or creating the perfect space to study can be a daunting task. But by following these steps you will be able to find or design a space that works for your studying style!
Step One: Determine the Type of Studying You Want to Do
Type A: Focused
This is the kind of studying that requires an environment free from all distractions or interruptions. Some tasks that may require this include: studying for a test or quiz, writing a paper, working on a task that requires a great deal of focus or attention to detail.
Type B: Casual
This is a great start for studying before diving into the intensity of Type A. Casual studying means that there is a greater likelihood of interruption and therefore it probably takes place in a bigger or public space. Some examples include: studying in a coffee shop, studying in a park, or studying in the open space of a library.
Type C: Collaborative
Many projects require studying that involves collaboration with other students. This can be a great way to work together to achieve a common goal and learn from each other. Some examples might include: a study group or working on a group project.
Step Two: Find a Desk Space or Table Area
Focused Desk Space
In an effort to minimize distractions, it is best to use a desk that is in a room separate from others. Keep only what you need on your desk (writing utensils, notebooks, computer, etc.) and try to keep everything tidy to allow for easy access to all the information you need.
Casual Desk Space
Because there are fewer restrictions on casual studying, the desk space can reflect this. It is important to be inspired when you're studying because this will allow for your results to be an accurate representation of the work that you put in.
Collaborative Desk Space
In order to collaboratively study, it is important that everyone involved is able to contribute to the conversation. Typically, it is best to use a round table or set up tables so that member of the team is facing one another.
Step Three: Find Your Lighting
Adjusting the lighting of your study space is one of the easiest ways to improve your productivity and comprehension of materials. Make sure that if it's dark outside that you are studying indoors with a desk lamp on.
Studying in a dim or dark environment is counterproductive, but it can also put a considerable strain on your eyes.
Rooms with natural light can help improve your productivity! Natural lighting is your friend, not only is it energy efficient, but it is also beneficial to your mental and physical health to get ample exposure to sunlight during the day--especially in winter.
Step Four: Find a Study Playlist
Many students find it easier to stay focused while studying if they are listening to music. While this might not be for everyone, listening to instrumental music could help to block out noise and keep you focused on your studies. There are many study playlists available on YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora.