Studying can be hard at the best of times. Trying to focus your mind on a particular task and to prevent yourself from becoming distracted is a skill we all want to possess.
Achieving this is particularly hard when your study environment is busy or chaotic. Although libraries are quiet areas, there are still a lot of distractions, people perusing the bookshelves behind your study desk, or group study sessions taking place down the corridor.
Which is why finding your own secluded study space will be a game changer.
First things first aim to remove all distractions from your study area. Try to choose a study room which doesn’t feature a television, this can be one of the biggest distractions. Even if you believe a television provides necessary background noise, it will no doubt also be diluting your attention and preventing you from applying yourself fully to the task at hand.This performance decrease has been confirmed in a study looking at the distraction effects of television on homework.
If you have set up a study area at home, fitting block out curtains could prevent unnecessary distractions from outside affecting your concentration. A plus benefit of getting black out curtains to improve concentration is the added benefit of blocking out street lights at night. Increased light in bedrooms has been linked to poor sleep. Therefore, as sleep improves, brain function it is another important study benefit.
Make sure it’s comfortable
To improve the likelihood of settling down to a substantial study session it is beneficial to make your study space as comfortable as possible. Setting up your workspace correctly is important, key aspects of which are making sure your screen is at eye height to prevent hunching, that you can sit close to the desk, and that you arms and back are supported correctly. Ultimately, by having a comfortable study space, it will mean you will naturally want to spend more time in this space.
Ambient lighting and music are great ways to create a private and quiet area to study. Textured fabrics and furnishings can also help create the desired atmosphere in your study space, and help make the environment feel welcoming and comfortable. The objective of creating a secluded study space if to prevent you from being distracted and allow you to focus wholly on your study in order to achieve your desired goal. By making a space which you feel at home in, and relaxed will mean you’ll be less likely to want to leave.
Although studying in seclusion has a number of benefits, it is also just as important to make sure you take break your seclusion and take regular breaks. Things like getting up and stretching your legs have been shown to benefit the application of your concentration later on. It gives your body and mind a break, and gives it time to refresh.
On average, humans have an attention span of approximately twenty minutes. Therefore, if you find yourself getting distracted around this time, it would be a good idea to get up and do some stretches. The last thing you want is to get information overload and become fatigued, especially if you are studying for an exam or finalising a paper. So, remember to get up and step away from your desk whenever you can.
Taking a walk doesn’t need to mean a long walk, it could be as small as walking around the room or walking to get a glass of water before settling back into studying. Just remember to treat yourself with the compassion you would give to others and it will make studying that little bit easier.