Whether you have noisy roommates, want to change your study habits or can't stop yourself from traveling during school time, you might eventually find yourself studying outside your “natural habitat”. I know your bedroom might be cozy and inviting, but if, like myself, you’ve realized it is far from being a productive work environment, these tips might help you change and improve your habits.
If it's not raining nor too cold, study outside. It lowers stress levels, boosts your memory and even improves creativity! I studied in Sweden, an amazing country, but which unfortunately faces a long, dark winter. Therefore, whenever the sun was shining I couldn't stay home, even if I had an essay to complete. Many times, I wrote assignments outdoors and I can tell that simply being under the sun and breathing fresh air made a huge difference. As it happens, I'm writing this article outside right now. You can choose from city parks to café terraces or even a botanical garden or a nature reserve.
If the weather is bad, go to the library
It’s a good place to keep you focused because if everyone around you is studying, you have no excuse for being distracted. Some other nice indoor places to study are college campuses, coffee shops, and community centers.
Study in a well-lit area
Whatever the place you choose, make sure you have enough light. Even if the environment is perfect, studying with poor lighting will have a negative effect. If you’re indoors, try to study near a window, so you have some natural light coming in.
Do you really need Wi-Fi?
If you already have everything you need in your device, go somewhere without Wi-Fi. You won't have the constant temptation of checking your Twitter or Instagram account and will avoid procrastination, the number one student enemy.
Don’t forget to eat and drink
Bring a couple of snacks with you and reward yourself when you’ve done, for example, an hour of studying. Also, keep yourself hydrated, but don’t overdrink coffee. Water or tea should go a long way, both for your concentration and health.
Study and travel
As a travel addict, one of my major concerns as a student was having to study during my trips. With the growing popularity of exchange programs and with so many cheap flights at the distance of one click, no wonder that so many students are trying to complete their assignments on the road. I had to work in overnight trains, while waiting for a flight in the airport or even on planes and I found out it doesn’t need to be an unpleasant experience. Make sure to sit up straight and guarantee you’re not suffering any physical strain while you work. Even small discomforts can eventually result in more serious health problems, so be extra careful with that!
Last and most importantly…
Set up a good work environment. It is counterproductive to study for extended hours at a time feeling uncomfortable. Ergonomics, which is the design of an equipment in a way that makes it comfortable and effective for people, is crucial for it. If you have a tablet, for example, I’m sure you’ve experienced some strain on your eyes, back or neck when trying to read or write on it. Solutions for this problem are scarce, but recently Silesian Case released an ergonomic tablet stand and briefcase that perfectly handles it. It allows you to use your tablet on your lap, anywhere, ensuring that your screen is elevated and improving your body posture. It also works as a case that carries and protects your tablet and accessories.
Hopefully, these tips will help you but remember that study habits differ between people. The ideal study place for you may not be the best for someone else. Trying to find the right one is also a good excuse to explore your city or a new one and find the perfect spot for you!