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A Guide to Setting Up a Productive Study Space

June 11, 2024

1. Choose an Appropriate Spot at Home

You may occasionally like to take your books out of your apartment, such as to the campus library, a coffee shop, or even a local park. However, your main study space should be in your apartment, as this will be available to you any time of the day, meaning you can study whenever you want.
It’s best to choose a place where you’ll be alone, to avoid being interrupted. For this reason, your bedroom tends to be the ideal place. Whereas you could use the kitchen table or living room couch, your roommates will also be using these areas, which makes them less ideal.

2. Have Enough Physical Space

Give yourself enough space for all the items you’ll need while studying. This will likely include your textbooks, notebooks, laptop, and stationery. Make sure you have a large enough desk to fit everything.

3. Avoid Clutter

Free up space and avoid distractions by minimizing the items around your study area that are unrelated to your schoolwork. Since you may find that clutter starts building up after a while, it’s important to reorganize your desk regularly. For instance, you may start accumulating coffee cups, wrappers from snacks, and scraps of paper where you jotted down ideas. As well as decluttering, use the opportunity to wipe down your desk to remove the dust. Cleaning your space will both keep it sanitary and keep you motivated.

4. Make It Comfortable

Make your study space somewhere you want to go. This may mean having a personal item or two on your desk, such as a photo, plant, or mascot. If you’re worried about space, take advantage of the wall above your desk, hang a bulletin board to help you stay on track or remind yourself of why studying matters to you with a vision board.

Another way to make your space conducive to studying is to invest in some headphones or a bluetooth speaker. Play whatever helps you focus, whether that’s music without lyrics, ambient sounds, or even white noise.

5. Pay Attention to the Lighting

You should never be straining your eyes while you’re studying. Make sure you have plenty of light, no matter the time of day you’re studying. For evenings, this may mean having a desk lamp, whereas you should try to take advantage of natural light during the daytime.

There’s no need to put much effort into setting up a productive study space when you live at Regent. Our alternative to Brock University residence provides you with a desk and chair in a private bedroom where you’ll be able to study in peace. When you want a change of scenery, the onsite community room is perfect. Set up your tour today to see where you could be living.

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