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Preparing for your studies: creating your study space

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Time & Balance, All, O-Week

There are many challenges you may face when starting or returning to University. One of these is finding the best place to study. 

It is important that you create a space where you can concentrate and have everything you need at hand. This means that the kitchen table is not a good space, as it is most likely used for other activities that will be constantly distracting. 

Try to make your study area a welcoming place where you feel comfortable.

Ideally you should have a room with a door which you can shut. This room is where you can go and focus on your academic work. A desk, chair and computer are essential. You also need somewhere you can store your text books, study guides and other reading material. Try to make your study area a welcoming place where you feel comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, so it pays to organise it in a way that encourages you to study. 

Creating this space allows you to have the time to think and concentrate on your work. When you are establishing your study space, inform your family, friends and anyone else involved in your daily life, that this is your space and when the door is shut, you don’t want to be disturbed. 

For parents with small children, this may not be realistic during the day, but find times of the day or night you can commit to your studies. If you’re a morning person, get up early before the family and use the quiet hours to study. On the other hand, if you’re a night person, it may work best to find time to study after the kids have been put to bed. 

If you don’t have a space you can set aside permanently, think about using the University or local library as a quiet space to study. If you go on a regular basis, you’ll soon find that having this routine will help your concentration and your ability to focus on your studies. 

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This article appears in:
Time & Balance, All, O-Week

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