Create the ultimate study location

By Zoe Taylor

Your study location has a strong influence on your productivity, motivation and learning. It is therefore important to ensure that your surroundings are set out in the perfect way while you study.

This doesn’t mean that you have to study in the same place every single time – we have some great tips that you can apply to any spot that you choose to work.

Make it light
It’s important to make sure the space you choose to study in is light, not only so you can see and read your notes properly, but to help you focus. A well lit environment makes it easier for you to concentrate and stay alert, and it makes for a study session with minimal frustration.

Make it colourful
A colourful environment is inspiring and can help with productivity during study sessions, as bright colours better your mood and spark all kinds of thought processes and ideas.

Make it smell nice
Pleasant smells increase our moods, which results in higher motivation to study. It could be the smell of coffee at your local cafe, the smell of baked goods in the oven or your favourite vanilla candle. Whatever it is, make sure it’s present while you study!

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Make it convenient
If your study location is difficult to get to, you’ll be less motivated to go there and study. This will result in a lack of drive to study make it more difficult for you to get the work done. Make sure your study location of choice is extremely easy to get to!

Make it productive
Having everything you need at your fingertips is key for a productive study session. Make sure you have all your pens, highlighters, devices, notes and so on, because if you don’t you’ll have to break your focus to go and find them and this is unideal. A good way to make sure you always have everything you need is to create a checklist which you can check off before you go to your study location.

Make it distraction-free
In addition, to create a highly productive study environment it’s important that you get rid of any distractions, for example books and magazines that don’t relate to your study, Facebook, calls and so on. Put your phone on ‘do not disturb mode’ so that only emergency calls come through. We’ve mentioned the program SelfControl a couple of times – it’s a program that blocks any distracting websites for a set period of time on your computer. If you find it hard to resist checking your social media profiles, this is a fantastic, completely free tool to use!

Make sure it’s connected
Online education relies on one important thing – the Internet! Therefore it’s essential that your study location has a working internet connection that doesn’t lag or frequently drop out.

Use these tips to find our create the perfect study location for you and start studying in a highly productive environment right away!

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