Design Your Study Environment

Design Your Study Environment Hey guys! This blog post is in collaboration with an amazing youtuber, Melissa Edwards. Melissa Edwards is a Registered Nurse and provides informative content on both nursing and lifestyle, to help new nurses and nursing students build clinical knowledge and skills. Her YouTube channel is both educational and entertaining, giving viewers a glimpse into the life of a Registered Nurse. Melissa has a passion for helping her fellow nurses and soon-to-be nurses, along with sharing her personal journey through the struggles of becoming a nursing. Check out her channel as she goes through a “HOW TO…” series for nursing students and nurses. You would learn a lot. Subscribe to her channel! Click the link below! 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. 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. 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. Previous Blog 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