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Design Your Study Environment

Design Your Study Environment

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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!

Library

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.

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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.

Study Lounge

A study lounge might be provided at your school. It is also great for group discussions and collaborative learning.

Your Room

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.

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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
  • Lighting
  • Ideal temperature

Remove Distractions

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.

Lighting

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.

Ideal Temperature

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.

Thank you for going through the how to design your study environment. This is the part two of the how to study series. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already to receive blogs and updates on your email. Our next topic would be on Best Notetaking Practices.

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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 Sciences3(1). doi:10.15242/ijacebs.ae0416104

My name is Fiskvik Boahemaa Antwi. I am a registered nurse in Trinidad and Tobago and currently pursuing my masters degree in Nursing. I attended the University of the Southern Caribbean for my bachelor's degree.

6 Comments

  • Hilary Tan

    My advice is not to study in bed. The bed should only be used for 2 things: sleep and intimacy. I do study in my room but at a desk. If I’m lucky, I will go to the library to get work done there. Often, whenever I’m at the library, I get cravings for food and drinks, so my biggest issue is bringing enough food to last me the entire study session.

    • Fiskvik Antwi

      Yes! I used to study on my bed and 99.9% of the time i would fall asleep. It is important to create a specific study space like your desk as you mentioned to be able to get as much work/study done. Thank you for sharing.

      • Hilary Tan

        Being able to spend time at the library is a luxury, it really is. I am hoping to go there tomorrow to work on my medication chart. I didn’t get a chance to work on it today and here I am typing out med info at 11:30pm. The desk looks quite comfortable to sleep on right now tbh. I think I’m gonna call it a night. 😴

      • Fiskvik Antwi

        I hope you were able to get everything done! It is nice to know that you like the library. I get alot done in my study table at home. The library can make me feel so sleepy haha. Thanks for sharing friend!

  • Melissa Alexander

    I am still to create an ideal study environment, as the tables at my home are situated where family members hang out quite often. the most convenient place to study for me is at home though. The ideal time for me is when everyone is asleep. By the way I am certainly looking forward to best note taking practices.

    • Fiskvik Antwi

      Thank you for sharing your experience. As you said, work with what you have for now. Your living room table can be your study space. It’s all about making that study period count with no distraction. Next blog would be out soon!

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