How to Study: The Perfect Study Environment
There are different types of physical learning environments (study space) or areas in which students love to go and study before an exam, quiz or for a review.
Here are a few study spaces you might have used before!
The library is quiet, spacious with available books and study materials to enhance your learning experience. Although the library might be a great place to study, often times the same quiet environment can make you sleepy.
The Coffee Shop
Your laptop, books, study materials with a cup of coffee or tea is a study space that some students love. It is amazing for group discussions. A coffee shop is spacious yet loud, and may cause distractions as well.
A study lounge might be provided at your school. It is also great for group discussions and collaborative learning.
At the comfort of your own home, where you can go and make dinner when you are hungry is another amazing study space that we all utilize. However, your room can be so comfortable that you mind end up crawling in bed.
Learning style and Learning Environment
There are so many other study spaces that you can create or utilize. With the pros and cons of each study area, what is a study environment that is in accordance with your learning style? For example, if you are an interpersonal learner (learns in group discussion) the coffee shop or study lounge would be a facilitating environment for your learning style. In contrast, an intrapersonal learner (learns alone) would prefer the library.
There should be a congruence between your learning style and physical learning environment. This however, doesn’t mean you should always study at a coffee shop or the study lounge. This would however guide you to make learning easier.
Creating a Study Space in Your Room ( Design your study environment)
- Remove distractions
- Organize study space and materials
- Ideal temperature
Remove all distractions such as phones, videogames, food and drinks etc. Control your environment by removing your distractions. Instead, reward yourself when you have finished studying.
Organize study materials
Organize all your study materials before you begin. This also includes organizing your study space to be spacious and uncluttered. This would help you increase your concentration by keeping you organized.
A study conducted by Shishegar (2016) investigated the influence of light on student and workers. The study showed that there is a relationship between light and student’s attention and productivity. Try to study near a window to get natural sunlight. Another significant tip is to experiment with brightness and color temperatures until you find your ideal.
Extreme temperature can cause you to be consciously distracted and cause you to make mistakes. Research shows that temperature has a significant effect on learning and productivity. Therefore, it is crucial to adjust the temperature if possible, for your comfort.
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Shishegar, N. (2016). Natural Light and Productivity: Analyzing the Impacts of Daylighting on Students’ and Workers’ Health and Alertness. International Journal of Advances in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences, 3(1). doi:10.15242/ijacebs.ae0416104