If you are a conscientious student you’re going to spend a great deal of time reading books, taking notes and writing essays, so it makes sense to create the right study environment to get all this work done. The library may be the ideal place to study, as you’re surrounded by books and it is completely quiet, but sometimes this isn’t an option and you have to study at home. This doesn’t have to be a problem, though; as long as you have somewhere you can spread out your books and avoid interruptions.
Sometimes, it is difficult to find peace and quiet at home, though, especially when you live with other people. You may live in halls or you may have rented a house with a few of your friends, but there is a good chance that not everyone you live with is going to be as committed a student as you are. You may have housemates who like to play their music a little too loudly or who are constantly bursting in your room to have a discussion. You have to make clear that this isn’t acceptable when you’re trying to study.
The trouble is that once you’ve been distracted it can be difficult to re-focus your energy back towards the book you ought to be reading or the notes you should be taking. It helps to study in a calm environment and this can be a struggle when you’re surrounded by others who aren’t very considerate of your needs. If you’re not happy with the way you’re being treated you have to raise the issue, though, as your housemates not even realise they’re making your life difficult.
Unless you happen to have your own study, which is unlikely when you’re a student, you will probably have to make do with studying in your bedroom. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem as long as you have a desk to work at and a chair to sit on. You have to ensure that you don’t lose focus with all the ‘toys’ you’ve got to play with, though. It is all too easy to start watching a DVD or listening to your MP3 player or switching on your computer and playing games, so you have to keep all these gizmos at a distance.
The right study environment is one where you feel comfortable, as comfort is important if you are going to be able to study for long periods of time. However, you have to be careful that you don’t get so comfortable that you’re listening to music or watching television whilst taking notes, as you should be focused solely on studying. You need to surround yourself with books, paper and pens, so that you know what you should be doing and this will hopefully help you stay motivated to get on with it.