Studying means something different to everyone, whether it brings joy, dread, excitement or hatred.
Creating an environment that is relaxing and calming can help studying become a much quicker process. There are many different techniques and tricks that can help make studying more productive, efficient and useful.
Here are five ways to create a relaxing study environment.
Location, Location, Location!
The first step in creating a relaxing studying environment is determined by where you study. Your location plays an extremely important part in how you will effectively retain information.
No matter what you are studying, if you cannot find a location suitable to your style of learning then you won’t be able to retain as much information as you want.
This means finding out when is the most effective time you should be studying and whether you work better with silence or low background noise around you. Sometimes going to the library provides the right amount of ambient noise that keeps you focused.
A Clutter Space is a Cluttered Mind
Have you found that after you tidy up a space you feel more at peace?
Well this has to do with decluttering the space around you. There is something intrinsic about a cleared space that enables you to focus better on the task at hand.
It stops you from being distracted from the objects around you, allowing you to zone in on the task at hand.
Block Those Websites
Have you found yourself determined to study for a few hours BUT discovered towards the end of your studying session you have spent most of your time on Youtube, Facebook or Instagram?
Whether you have to lock up your phone or block access to sites on your computer for a set time this will help you study with focus and clarity.
Setting Up Your Workspace
When setting up your workspace ensure you work on a clean and decluttered desk.
Working with good lighting is a must as the less strain you put on your body will enable you to work more effectively. That means utilising good ergonometric practices.
Study in blocks then get up and walk around. This will relieve pressure from sitting in one position for too long.
Also, make sure you have your screen at eye level and you are sitting with your back straight. It can be a challenge when working from a laptop. However, there are small working stands available that a laptop can rested on, raising it up to eye level.
The Five Senses
If you are finding that after using some or all of these tips that you are finding studying still stressful, then here is one last trick for you!
A small helpful exercise is to reflect on your five senses sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. Tuning into each of these areas can let you see if there is something that is bothering you from studying.
For example, there might be the noise of heavy traffic or you could be hungry and the chair you are sitting on is not comfortable.
Discovering these things then lets you change them so that you can become more focused on the things around you. So, in this example, you might find a quieter place, have something to eat beforehand or sit on a more comfortable chair.
There are many ways to creating a relaxing study environment. These tips focus on eliminating distractions so that you may direct all of your attention to the task at hand.