Study space tips for success

Your head space for studying can be greatly impacted by the physical space you’re in. Studying on your bed lying on your tummy will not only put a strain on your back but will also not lead to productive studying in your peak form. Everyone works differently with their learning style and preferences unique to you. You know yourself best, but there are some general rules you can think about to improve your studying performance.

1) Set up your space correctly.

​​​​Whatever equipment you need for study, whether that’s just notes and books or a device like a tablet or laptop, make sure you’re setting yourself up with comfortable positioning. If you’re using a computer you want your screen to be around eye level, so that you’re not craning your neck to look at your work for hours. Your chair should be comfy, and placed close to your desk so that you have your feet flat on the floor and parallel, crossing your legs may feel nice for a short while but can hurt your posture after a while.

2) Keep your space clean.

​​​​​​If you’re the type of person that starts to collect dirty mugs and glasses by your desk, break that habit ASAP! Clean a mug/plate etc as you use it so your work surfaces don’t snowball into a heap of yucky old dishes. If you’re working constantly surrounded by dirty stuff and mess you’re not going to be working efficiently, and you’re probably going to end up losing your pen every 5 minutes.

3) Personal touches, not clutter.

Your desk can be a place to express your personality. Put a framed photo of friends, family and happy memories on the desk, a pen pot and a few trinkets, but don’t go overboard with everything but the kitchen sink or spreading out and organising notes and things you’re actually working on will be impossible, and all of the ‘stuff’ will add to the distraction.

4) Work smarter not harder.

This is more of a head space tip than a workspace thing but still stands, don’t get lost in the idea of the more time at the desk the more work happens. This mindset can lead to fatigue, and you’ll be more likely to procrastinate or work slowly. Working in smaller more productive chunks will let you focus your energy working at your peak form, getting the best work done rather than finishing a whole day sitting at your desk with an essay that doesn’t really reflect the smart cookie that you are. Take short breaks to help clear your mind, like going for a short walk, going to make yourself a tea or eat a healthy snack and then come back renewed and refreshed.

5) Find creative ways of filing that work for you.

The worst thing you’ll find at uni is writing some amazing work/finding an awesome reading relating to your topic then misplacing it either virtually in your files or in a pile of paper on your desk. Use binders with tabs and colour-coding, folders by subject and easy-to-search naming protocols for all of your files, you’ll find you save so much time every time you start a study session.

Scape and our team wants to help you do the best work of your life, whether that’s living your best life and making unforgettable memories with friends or kicking goals with your uni and studies. Your uni days can set you up to achieve amazing things throughout your life so work now and be rewarded later.