One of the big challenges of learning from home is not having a dedicated study space. And with Covid-19 still a risk, it isn’t possible to go to a coffee shop or even a library to have a designated, consistent study space. However, with a bit of planning, it is still possible to find a spot (or spots!) that works for you.
Pick a Few Study Spots
Take time to consider a few spots in your home where you can study best. This may be a kitchen table, a bedroom corner, or a chair in your living room—ideally, this space will be separate from distractions and easy for you to be away from roommates, family members, and friends. Choosing a few of these spaces will let you rotate them based upon availability.
For example, some classes or assignments might require you to be in a much quieter spot, completely free from distractions. Then there are subjects and/or assignments where your concentration doesn’t need to be so intense. In this case, a little background noise might make studying more enjoyable.
Negotiate What You Need
Most likely, you are sharing your space with others. This is great for companionship but can be a challenge when there are others using your study space for their own needs. It is a good idea to clearly communicate where you need to study and when.
Perhaps you prefer the kitchen table, so you can lay all your study materials out, but that isn’t ideal around mealtimes. Talk to your family and roommates about when you can occupy certain spaces to make them as distraction-free as possible. It won’t be perfect, but it will work- maybe even better than anticipated.
Keep Your Materials Organized
If you share your home, it might be difficult to have a central location where you can keep your materials organized and out of the way. Create a “Berea box” with the supplies you need (e.g., notebook, pens, chargers). As part of your “time to study” ritual (below), you can pull out your box at your set study times and get started.
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