Finding a study space is nearly as important as actually taking the focused and uninterrupted time to actually study. But the problem is finding that space, that study space where you can zone out, focus and get smarter by the minutes.

I thought today I can give you few study spaces that you can try out.

1. Your Bedroom for your Study Space  

Using your bedroom as your study space is not a bad idea.  You will have all that you require close by and the best thing is that you can study, rest, eat and study again.  Dropping in and out of studying becomes much easier than having to relocate every time.

The biggest disadvantage of your room is the fact that you have all of your playful toys available, from your computer to your tv and xbox and the list continues.  If you can manage to keep your focus and concentration on your books alone, then your bedroom is great, otherwise I would suggest that you find a different study space.

I use to study a lot in my bedroom, as I’m sure you will too, but keep the advantages and disadvantages of every space in mind when it comes to crunch time.

For instance having a space where you can drop in and out of study time is great, like your bedroom.  But also relocating to a new environment has its own advantages.  By preparing to go somewhere else you are in actual fact preparing what you feel you should be studying in the allocated timeframe.  You take what you need and nothing more – this makes the management of keeping focus easier in many ways.

2. Your Coffee Shop for your Study Space

Some students find the ambient noise of a coffee shop perfect to get into the study zone.  Those who are able to simply zone out, often does so with great success.  Focusing on only what’s in front of them and cancelling everything else out from the start is a very clear cut way to achieving your goal of focus and concentration.

If you’re not such a lucky student that can find their focus and keep it in the hussle and bussle of a coffee shop, well then a more quieter environment will be recommended.

3. The Varsity Library for your Study Space

Your varsity library is always a good option to try in finding your ideal study space.  The library opens early and stays open till late, with little distractions while being quiet, yet not empty. The library will also have some Wi-Fi, with all the reading material that you may need.

Your Varsity will also have a spaces close by where some group studying is allowed.  Group studies has shown to be very effective if all members participate as needed, a good option to keep in mind for crunch time.

I was one of those students that would move from study space to study space.  Staying in one place never work too long for me, but what I can say is that I needed to find a space with no distractions whatsoever.

Here are a list of other elements to consider when choosing your study space.

1. Does the study space have good lighting?

2. Are there any distractions in this study space

i.e. the conversations of others, windows with scenery, people walking by, a bed calling out to you for a nap?

3. Will this study space be available for my scheduled study times – early morning, late at night, middle of the afternoon?

4. Is this study space quite enough?

I hope these few suggestions can maybe help you out in finding your ideal study space.  Finding that space is important, it can make a 5 hour study session drop to 3 hours.

Written by Lizl Brink, Lizl is copywriter and designer based in Johannesburg, she is also a frequent contributor to the Mafadi blog, and as an Urban investor and rejuvenation shares a passion for urban regeneration, go check out her personal portfolio here
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