Creating a Study Sanctuary

It can be very distracting to one’s studying if the place chosen for study is full of attention grabbers.  There are computers, which may help one study, but also have the ability to get one involved with sites that have nothing to do with one’s studies.  There are cell phones, iPods, televisions, iPads – with so many possibilities available to pull focus, staying on task with one’s studies can be a task itself.  This is not to say that one needs a completely quiet place as people have different methods of learning and one might require private and quite while another requires background noise to focus their concentration.  It is merely important that the study sanctuary promote an enhance study and studious behavior not detract from it.

While individual preferences for the perfect study sanctuary may vary, there are some general rules to consider:

One should develop a Study Routine.
While studying is subject to personal preference when it comes to place or the time, it should be a place without distractions.  Create a routine and motivation will come easily and the efforts of your study habits will yield rewards in both higher grades and invested learning curves.

If one is going to utilize a computer, try using a timer to focus attention to study and resist the urge to check social media during the time on the timer.  If required, one may also set up a special computer that is devoid of time eating and distracting social media, games and other software not conducive to studying.

Make sure your study place is optimized for comfort.
If one is uncomfortable, studying will become difficult or even impossible.  One should make a concerted effort to find a place that is physically comfortable (warm enough and relaxing but not overly so that one falls asleep).  One should make an effort to review ergonomics insuring against wrist, back and neck discomfort and injuries.  The smallest adjustments can help one avoid physical problems from repetitive motions such as writing and typing or even eye strain from staring at a computer screen for lengthy time periods.

Another way to make things comfortable is to include supplies such as pens and notebooks and paper in one’s study area.  Peace of mind will add to one’s study comfort when supplies are available, tools are set up properly and room comfort is attuned.

Evaluate your study preferences
Review how it is that YOU study best.  Knowing how one is able to study best, taking into account all learning methods and personal distractions will aid in discovering and creating the right study environment.  Re-evaluation of the study environment periodically will determine if the environment is helping with study or if something needs to be changed.

Give yourself some rules and enforce them
Having some trouble getting motivated?  Feel unproductive or study sessions not having the effect required?  Make yourself up a list of rules.  Once the rules are made, collect a study sponsor or trusted family member to help you with enforcing them.  Some more common rules are study timeframes and clear study breaks.

Studying should be a breeze and quite enjoyable after one has established rules, located a great study area, and reviewed their learning styles.



Author: smartstudyskills

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