7 ways to organize your study space for success
by UTEP Connect
The flexibility of studying online frees you from the constraints of a physical classroom and allows you to schedule study time around work and family commitments. But all this convenience and flexibility leaves you with too many options for when and where to study.
Here are some tips we’ve gathered on how to set up a study space that will motivate you and help boost your productivity:
Choose an area you associate with learning
If a potential study space is already associated with activities such as eating, watching television or sleeping, it’s probably not ideal. Instead, select an area you already associate with learning, and you’ll find the more time you spend in it, the stronger the association will become. Eventually, you will find yourself feeling more focused as soon as you enter the space.
Clear the clutter
The tidiness of your workspace is vital to productivity. Ensure your study area is free of unnecessary materials such as papers, junk and empty water bottles. A tidy learning space will have a positive impact on your learning and improve your ability to focus.
Make sure your space is comfortable
When ensuring your study space is comfortable, one of the most important things to keep in mind is ergonomics. Both your study table and chair should allow good posture, and when you’re seated, the top of your desk should rest somewhere between your chest and rib cage. This way, you’ll be able to rest your elbows on the desktop without having to hunch your shoulders forward. Additionally, the chair should be comfortable, fit the height of the desk and allow your feet to rest flat on the floor.
Organize your files
Your course materials should be easily accessible whenever you need them. If you prefer working with hard copies, you can invest in a physical filing system, but online students also have the option to enjoy the ease and flexibility of working digitally. Store your computer files in folders and use descriptive names to facilitate identification.
Get rid of anything within your study space that might cause an unnecessary distraction, especially clutter. Before getting down to business, clean up your desk and ensure everything is in its designated place. Put your phone away or, if you have to use it as a studying tool, turn on airplane mode or silence notifications. You may also want to play some soothing background music to block any external noises or other distractions.
Gather your study materials
To avoid too much movement when studying, have all your materials close at hand. If you do not have enough desktop space, use a shelf close to your table or put everything in a drawer.
Organize your time
When you enroll in an online course, it’s vital to familiarize yourself with the syllabus, class requirements and assignment due dates to avoid unpleasant surprises down the line. Hang a calendar on the wall of your study space and fill out once you get the syllabus. Alternatively, use an online calendar and set alerts. Organizing your schedule will not only facilitate your studies, but will also help you set aside time for the other elements of your life.
Creating a functional working space is key for your success as an online student. Try these tactics and let us know which ones help you the most!