When it comes to studying at home, you need to make sure the space you have is conducive to knuckling down and getting the job done. Much like working from home, you need specific requirements and criteria to facilitate productivity and ensure you still get the best learning experience possible.
So what do you need when finding the ideal study space at home?
A Room With A Door
You need to be able to close the rest of the world out to give you a sanctuary you can study. If you are trying to go through your coursework or absorb vital information in a busy and noisy environment, chances are this will dampen your efforts and make things harder than they need to be. So find a room with a door or create a barrier within a room that allows you some privacy. Alternatively, you might want to think about creating a separate space, such as in a garden. You can have a home extension or garden structure using steel fabrication to help you design the perfect study room in a purpose-built space just for your needs.
Have A Desk and A Chair
While you might have found a room with a door, you can close if that room is your bedroom and you are studying from the bed, you might as well still be in them idle of all the goings on at home. You need to be setting the scene and use furniture and materials designed for studying. So this means having a desk and chair you can sit at to study. Not only is this more practical, but it can help you get in the right headspace to focus on what you are learning for better results.
Make sure you have a comfy chair too. At some points, writing a dissertation, for example, you can expect to spend long periods sitting in place writing. So your desk chair needs to be able to support your body to avoid you becoming uncomfortable and experiencing pain when studying.
Studying in a dark room isn’t going to be fun, nor is it conducive to effective studying. You need to choose a space flooded with natural light as much as possible, as this is the best way to work without putting too much strain on your eyes. After all, you will likely already be looking at screens which can cause eye strain and fatigue and reading printed materials, so avoiding dark rooms or harsh indoor lighting can make for a more comfortable studying environment for your eyes. If this isn’t possible, get a good lamp with as natural a light as possible.
Many people find the presence of ambient sounds essential for helping them to block out external noise and get in the frame of mind to concentrate. Whether you prefer to work with a radio or the TV on, have white noise in the background or remove all sounds by wearing noise-cancelling headphones, pay attention to the ambient sounds in the room and find the right comfort level to help your study better.
Studying at home doesn’t mean you should be on the back foot and struggling. It simply means you need to take control of the environment you are studying in to help you create a space that works for you and makes it easier to get in the zone and get through your work when needed. These tips can help you to get started.