Effective study space tips
Remove visual distractions, including your mobile if you can. Clear any clutter and have a bit of a tidy before you start studying – this will help your mind focus on your task.
- Desk tidy.
A noisy environment can be distracting. If you can, try to study in a room with a door so you can shut out the world better. Invest in a pair of comfortable headphones to help you block out sound when you really need to concentrate.
The right sounds can also help you study. Some online students find perfect silence just does not work for them. You may be the kind of person who enjoys a little background noise when studying.
Useful apps and accessories
- Headphones. Active noise-cancelling headphones can help block out background noise.
- Noisli. A clever online noise generator to help you relax and focus in noisy environments.
- Spotify and YouTube playlists, like Chill Beats Music and Jazz for Work and Study.
- If music distracts you, simple white noise can block out distracting background sounds.
It can be difficult to concentrate when studying in a stuffy room. Fresh air can help you stay alert. Try and work somewhere that’s well ventilated, or where you can open a window.
Remember to leave
Whenever possible, you should only use your study space for studying. Keeping it a designated study area will help you switch into study mode whenever you sit down there. This effect will fade if you start using the same area for web browsing, eating, chatting on the phone.
Take regular breaks from your study space, no matter how inviting you’ve made it, to feel properly refreshed between study sessions.