The right study area can set you up for great marks. Learn how to pick the best space to hit the books with these tips. Do you thrive on peace and quiet, or are you one of the rare few who likes chaos? Your answer to these questions will define the kind of study nook space that suits your individual learning needs. But be warned: once you’ve found a space that works for you, stick to it. Most minds need consistency and routine to flourish.
Here’s our top six study haven options to get you started.
Study at the library:
It’s number one for good reason – the library. It’s quiet, set up for study, has all the resources on hand and you can’t fall for those pesky procrastination pitfalls like doing the vacuuming instead of taking notes. The downsides include: you can’t personalise your space, you won’t always get your favourite spot, it’s often too cold, and you are always expected to act with decorum.
Often there’s nothing better than an ergonomically designed desk surrounded by a few inspirational posters, a colour-coded study schedule and maybe a pot plant or two to get the retentive juices flowing. Or, if you prefer the low key approach, feel free to climb under the doona, crank up the laptop and study in solitude. Downsides include: ready access to the internet and social media, daily chores (which suddenly look more appealing than study) and the temptation to throw the books away in favour of a snooze.
A customised office:
This is probably the holy grail of study spaces, but (on a student budget) not everyone has access. It can be tailored to suit even the most discerning scholar with all the necessary potted plants, study and inspirational tools. It also features few of the distractions of a bedroom with hopefully no bed, or chores, in sight.
The great outdoors:
This one isn’t ideal if the rain is pelting down, but fresh air and rustling leaves – study ambience at its finest. Downsides include: no WiFi (could also be an upside) and nowhere to comfortably sit or write.
A coffee shop:
Warning – not for everyone. But if your local coffee joint has free wireless and you work well on a caffeine buzz, it’s a nice place to go to break up your routine and particularly good for the less intensive tasks like logging on to download information. Downsides: distractions are constant and so is the urge to give into sugar cravings, and spend up big!
A study partner’s house:
We all know the benefits of a problem shared. Studying with someone else means you can ask each other questions, share theories and if you study at their house, they have to clean up the empty pizza boxes afterwards! Just make sure you’re on the same wavelength and share the same goals before embarking on a shared study odyssey, or you may find yourself having a great time – but learning little.
Tips on creating a selecting a great study area:
- Create a zone that suits your individual learning style
- It’s great if you can personalise your space
- Getting back to nature can be great
- Your room can hold lots of distractions