Finding the Perfect Study Spot
Have you ever planned a study session and gotten all ready to go, only to lose concentration and end up not following through with studying? I have had that happen before.
Don’t be discouraged if you are not good at studying. Studying is different for everyone. One person’s routine is going to be different from another’s.
For me, I enjoy a quiet place away from my apartment. I work better and stay focused outside of my home. Managing five classes (as many of us do), I have plenty of work to do each week. I set aside study time each week to ensure I am getting my work done. Over the years, my study habits have gotten much better.
If you are struggling to manage your study time, follow these tips to become a study pro.
Find a Comfortable Study Spot
A key to effective studying is having the perfect location. Studying is a time for quiet, where you can devote your attention to your work. My favorite study spot is the MCS Computer Lab. I enjoy having a computer and desk space to lay out my papers.
Another on-campus study spot is the library‘s Learning Commons. Complete with couches, comfy chairs, study booths and private rooms, the library is a great place to hit the books.
The public library downtown is also a great place to study. There are private rooms and large tables for anyone to use. If you need to check out books or reference materials for school work, you can do that there. Score! One drawback to note is its hours are more limited than the library on campus.
Most of all, you want to be comfortable in the place you choose to study because any small discomforts can ruin your studying.
While I prefer getting away from home, you may work better there. Try studying in different areas of your dorm room or home. Try sitting at the dining room table, on your bed or even on the floor. Changing things up keeps your mind sharp and you won’t get bored as fast.
Be Prepared When Studying
Before beginning to study, make sure to have all the materials you need. My backpack is always loaded with my math binder, class folders, planner and plenty of pens and pencils.
You may even think about carrying a phone charger, headphones, water and snacks so you are completely covered. If you get to your study spot and realize you forgot materials, will you really want to go home, then go back to you study location? Chances are no. You will probably stay home and later regret getting nothing done.
Who checks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat 10 to 15 times a day? I raised my hand because I know I do and I’m pretty sure most of you do as well.
While you might not want to admit it, social media is one of the biggest distractions we encounter. Resist the social media black hole. Removing distractions from your study time allows you to solely focus on studying. Without those distractions, you will be able to get your work done. Once all your studying is done, you then have free time to do whatever you please (i.e. check social media).
Music Can Be Your Friend
When I study, I have to listen to music.
I turn on Pandora and once the music starts playing, I am ready to begin my work. Music can allow you to have some fun while studying.
I might have music playing, but it is pushed to the background. I am able to listen to the songs, while focusing on my work. The music erases other noises that might be going on around me.
The next time you walk into the library or computer lab, look how many students are wearing headphones. You will see music is essential to many study routines.
Find a Study Partner
Working alone is ideal for some, but if you work better with others, form a study group. Get together with your friends and make a schedule for one large study party. Keep in mind this group study session should not be a group talking session.
Having others to study with could be beneficial in that, you may be able to help one another. I have studied with my friends and I enjoy it. We all have different things to work on, but we have fun being in a group.
Studying is a part of college living. You are going to have normal everyday study sessions and there will be those all-nighters. I have pulled my fair share of all-nighters (especially this semester). Finding the perfect study location will make for a smooth semester. Evaluate your study habits and make adjustments to allow yourself the most beneficial study time.
Where is your favorite place to study on or off campus? Share by commenting below.