Friday, May 20, 2005

Top 5 features of a great place to study

5. The kind of studying matches the kind of location

  • If you are studying alone, then studying in an isolated place is often the most productive choice, like the library, a home office, or study carrels. If you are doing group work or you are part of a study group, many libraries on campus have a particular zone where you can discuss the course material. Otherwise, consider meeting in an empty classroom, lecture hall, or cafeteria.

4. Good lighting

  • It sounds obvious, but dim lighting will quickly make your eyes tired and may even give you a headache.

3. Sit upright at a desk or table

  • Our bodies and minds are accustomed to sleeping in a bed. Most students who study in bed end up falling asleep or get through the study material more slowly because they are too relaxed!
2. Few interruptions or distractions
  • Interruptions may include the phone ringing, a chatty friend, or unexpected visitors. You might try unplugging the phone, putting a sign on your door, or finding an isolated location. For instance, if you live with others, you may want to avoid studying at the kitchen table.
  • Distractions may include piles of laundry, bills, magazines, tv, or the internet. Recognize your weaknesses, and keep them out of sight.

1. You go there to study and only study

  • If you can find a place where you only study, eventually you will be able to go to this space (even when studying feels like the last thing you want to do) and find some focus once you get started.

If you are interested doing an analysis of your study environment or finding out more information on this topic, check out:

Study Environment Analysis

Study Environment Analysis Handout

Finally, the workshop for next week is:

Reading Textbooks on May 24th @ 1-2 pm in 340 Helen Glass. Everyone is welcome, although registration (drop in at 520 University Centre, or call 474-9251) is appreciated.


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