Do you like to study at the dining room table? How about while laying in your bed? Two good options, but they may bring distractions with them.
This list will support you in kick-starting your at-home learning and study space as you continue your education online.
To help you out, here are some key pieces of advice:
Remove all distractions from your study area and work within a schedule.
- Things like phones, food and video games are sure to keep you off track – keep them out of reach!
- Set a timer – work for 30 minutes then take a 5-10 minute break.
- Remember to eat a snack or two throughout the day!
Be sure that you have everything you need in your study space. By being prepared you can get to your work much more quickly.
Have all the items you need to complete your assignments: computer (if available), textbooks, notebooks, pencils/pens/erasers and a calculator.
How’s the lighting? Too dark? Too bright maybe?
If you find your eyes are having a hard time focusing, it may be because of the lighting in your space. Do you need more light? If you don’t have adequate lighting, your eyes will have to work harder to focus. This could lead to a headache. If you have a desk lamp, turn it on! If not, you may need to locate a better, brighter area in your house
Hows’s the Climate
What about the temperature? Too cold? Too hot? This can make a difference if you’re trying to stay on track.
Be sure that your space best suits the temperature that you appreciate the most. Some students find that a room that is too warm causes them to get drowsy and fall asleep. Others like working in a cooler spot and don’t mind throwing on an extra sweater. Whatever the case, figure out what you like best and stick to it!