Tips for your study space

Student living in your study space: dos and don’ts

So you’ve started your university career and you’ve bounded into student accommodation – that means it’s time to knuckle down and study, study, study. Maintaining your productivity for three or more years can be very difficult, but if you want to come away with that 1st class degree, it’s a feat you’re going to have to manage. Fortunately, there are several techniques and tips that you can follow to ensure that your concentration levels remain high at all times.

Do: have a dedicated study area

You need to set aside a space in your room specifically for study and academic work. It should be an entirely functional area with as few distractions as possible; a comfortable but supportive chair, a neat desk, and appropriate lighting are all things that you should include in your study space if you want to retain your concentration whilst working.

Don’t: make a mess

Regardless of your personality or domestic habits, it is far more difficult to remain on task in a messy or disorganised space than it is a clean one. Imagine if you need a highlighter pen or some such other piece of stationery for that fast-approaching deadline. Is it under that pile of clothes? Is it in that desk drawer? Did you leave it in your satchel? As well as causing a distraction, a disorganised study space can effectively waste time that would be better spent on actual work.

Do: incentivise

It can be incredibly off-putting to face an enormous pile of work with no real end in sight. You can find yourself getting distracted simply because you can’t visualise an end to your workload. Set yourself achievable targets and reward yourself when you reach them. A snack, a breath of fresh air or even a quick break can all help to give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you productive.

Don’t: be disorganised

Too many students go about their work in an ad-hoc fashion, flitting from one subject to the next or leaving some pieces of work to the very last minute. Work out a schedule and pin it to the wall above your desk. That way, you’ll know exactly what to do and when, helping you stick to the task at hand without deviation. Plus, you’ll have the added satisfaction of being able to cross off the completed tasks when you’re finished!.

Do: get a pot plant

As we respire, we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. In a small room, no matter how well-ventilated, those carbon dioxide levels can build up, having a negative effect on health and concentration. Keeping a pot plant in your study space will help to reduce carbon dioxide levels and increase oxygen levels, helping you to concentrate.

Fortunately, Scape Student Living provides some of the best academic study spaces around. High speed WiFi is included in your rent, and our rooms have practical integrated desks, handy storage space and even wipe-clean notice boards to help you plan and execute your study habits.

Scape – the place to be! 

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