Stringent cramming is already hard to do. No point making it harder by being in a study environment that is totally not conducive to your learning and revision. Here are a few simple hacks you can try out to effectively turn your study space into somewhere you actually want to be in.
1. Keep your desk free of clutter
It’s easier to be productive when your desk is not strewn with stationery, books and notes. Store your stationeries in small table-top drawers, and your books in magazine racks so you know exactly where each item is located.
2. Get a proper desk lamp
If your current desk lamp happens to have a high wattage bulb, perhaps it is time to get a new one as the glare can strain your eyes, posture, and cause headaches. Desk lamps can help you study more productively, efficiently and comfortably. Choose a lamp with an energy-saving LED bulb, as well as a flexible head to direct light exactly where you need it. You can get one for less than $15 from IKEA
3. Keep tasty snack rewards handy
It helps to give yourself little snack rewards whenever you achieve a study goal. Have a Ferrero Rocher after every two chapters of reading, or a gummi bear after completing a set of maths problems.
4. Have some really good pens
As mentioned before in a previous article, it has been proven that you remember things a lot better when you write them down by hand instead of by typing. So if you’re going to be writing for hours, you’ll need a pen that not only writes well, but is easy to hold in your grip.
5. Stock up on coloured highlighters
Your brain naturally pays attention to bright colours so by highlighting important points, it will help in remembering them. Be sure not to go crazy with the highlighting and end up with an entire page full of yellow. Just because you are highlighting the text doesn’t mean you are doing it effectively.
6. Keep a small potted plant
Place it somewhere prominent in your study area. Aside from providing a little extra oxygen, studies have shown that plants can improve concentration and productivity. Whenever you get tired from studying, looking at the plant can refresh our direct attention and soothe the mind.
7. Decorate your space with positive encouragements
Stick your favourite inspirational quote or words of encouragement on the wall above your study space. Or, if you have a specific grade in mind you want to achieve in your next exam, write it down on a piece of paper and stick it where you can constantly see it. A constant reminder of what you are working towards will help you to focus better.
Having the right place to study is as important as having good study skills. By having more control over your study environment, it can play a big factor in how successfully you learn and retain information. So give it a try!