Going to university is hard. Going to a university in the middle of a distractive city is even harder. My ideal study space is a quiet single seat in natural lighting, with an outlet near by. To be honest, I was pretty late in the game in figuring out where I study best. I’ve tried cafes, I’ve tried late-night studying, and I’ve tried libraries. Noting really worked. I eventually figured out that I need to be in a certain mood and mindset in order to study effectively. Being in the correct mindset is important – you wouldn’t want to study after coming home from a party, right? At least, I wouldn’t.
Finding Your Ideal Study Space
Everyone’s ideal study space is different. For some, they can zone out distractions while for others, they have specific requirements before they are able to focus. Here are 6 factors that I take into consideration when looking for a new study space.
Sleep is important! Our willpower and ability to focus are finite, and mental fatigue plays a large part in preventing you from getting your most important work done. Instead of fighting your natural sleep cycle, try finding your optimal sleep time and stick to it!
Start by considering the locations you might want to work at. Think of your room, school, public libraries, private study rooms, empty classrooms or even a local café. Once you have a location in mind, ask yourself whether you work best at a desk, table, bed, or couch. Consider the resources you will need when you sit down to study. Does your location provide them? If you need to use your computer or to work online, make sure your study environment has internet access and electrical outlets.
After you have chosen your location, decide what type of atmosphere works best for you. Factors to consider are:
a. Noise – some prefer dead silence, while others like soft background music or ambient noise.
b. Lighting, lighting lighting! – Harsh bright light is often unpleasant – but a soft ambient light can put you to sleep. Try to find a happy medium.
c. Temperature – Try to find a place that is fairly consistent with their temperature.
d. Hunger – Studying uses a lot of energy! If you are planning for long hours, pack study snacks, or even lunch to avoid using vending machines.
No one can operate at their maximum level all the time – and you shouldn’t be trying to! Instead, start the day off by making sure you are fully refreshed, nourished, and hydrated. Following your natural energy levels and allowing yourself breaks throughout the day is the most effective way of studying. Avoid fighting your natural energy patterns, as it will only hurt in the long run.
I hope you found these tips helpful!