Claim Your Space!

It’s Wednesday and, of course, that means study tips. It’s important to stake out an effective and positive place to study. Everyone’s different. The library doesn’t work for everyone, especially if you’re easily distracted like me. Some need absolute quiet, others actually do well with some background noise. Follow these steps to find out where and when is the best place to study for you.

  1. Evaluate your personality and preferences. Figure out whether or not you are vulnerable to noise and other distractions. Also determine if you work better by sitting quietly for a long period of time or if you need to take short breaks once in a while and then return to your work.
  2. Identify the space and claim it.Your bedroom maybe the best place to study, but it may not be. Some students identify their bedrooms with rest and simply can’t concentrate there.A bedroom can also be problematical if you have roommates. If you happen to need a quiet place without interruption, it might be better for you to set up a place somewhere else in the house or a campus building with quiet study areas.
  3. Make sure your study area is comfortable. It is very important to set up your computer and chair in a way that won’t harm your hands, wrists, and neck.
    Next, stock your study space with all the tools you’ll need, like pens, pencils, paper, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and math tools.
  4. Establish study rules. Give yourself strict rules to when to study and when to take breaks! If I let myself go unchecked, I’ll take hour long breaks that turn into…well, not breaks. I just quit studying. If you set up a study schedule, you can hopefully avoid sabotaging yourself!