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Creating the Ideal Study Space

26 MAR 2014

As many education news sites and trending educational articles will tell you, studying can be frustrating at times, especially if you don’t have a comfortable and relaxing place to hit the books. Contrary to popular belief, studying doesn’t have to be a complete bore and a total chore, and there are ways to study that will not only make it easier for you and help you retain more information, but will keep you interested and positive. Here are some tips for creating the ideal study space, no matter what style of studier you are.

Identify Where You Work Best

There’s no point in putting in a ton of work setting up the perfect study space if you don’t know what location you work in the best. Start experimenting with different settings: cafes, libraries, in different rooms in your home, just try everything! After you think you’ve found the spot that works for you, try some experiments with studying there for two or three days and then switching to another spot – is it better or worse? A school directory can point you to some helpful study spots on campus.

It might be that you’re the kind of person that likes change, so moving around from week to week or day to day might be beneficial. The ideal study space doesn’t necessarily need to be one physical space; it could be several – or even a head space. All that matters is you find a routine that works for you.

Music or No Music?

Some people can only study with noise going on around them, and some people prefer quiet solitude. However, background noise – even just a low murmur – has been shown to be better for a studying environment. If you’re someone who does like to study with music on, try to focus on playing songs that are mostly instrumental and aren’t extremely complex. If you’re a music fan, when a song with intricate lyrics comes on, you’ll find yourself paying more attention to that than you will your work. Classical music as well as more ambient or beat-oriented electronic music have all been shown to be efficient studying music.

Personalize Your Space

As much as you can, try and make yourself comfortable in your study space. If you’re studying at home, make sure all of your school supplies are within arm’s reach, make sure you have plenty of light and make sure the temperature’s just how you like it. If you’re studying somewhere else, pick the spot that’s best suited for you, bring some conveniences from home and don’t be afraid to hole up and carve out a little niche for yourself.

Focus, But Also Take Breaks

The best way to craft an ideal study space is to have one where you can separate studying from everything else. In your study space, disable Facebook on your computer and leave your smartphone in another room or in your bag. Study for a good hour or two before taking a nice 15-20 minute break to check your email, get up and stretch, get a coffee or just take a walk. This way, you’re not burning yourself out by studying, and you’re not being distracted every 30 seconds by a text. Keep your studying in your studying area and take a break when you want to do something else.

By following these tips, you’ll have crafted the perfect study nook in no time.