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Five ways to create a productive study space

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With the end of semester approaching, final assignments and exams are on the horizon. If you haven’t already, now might be the ideal time to think about how you can make a productive study space.

Here are five tips to help you create the ideal space to boost your productivity:

  1. The environment: It is important to choose a study space that suits you and how you like to study, whether you like to be surrounded by the energy of other people or in peaceful solitude. There are many on-campus locations that you can go to study like the library, faculty buildings, on a bean bag under the Henderson Court pines or other spaces around campus. You may also choose to study off-campus in the comfort of your own home, or even outdoors at your local park.
  2. Remove any distractions: You may not realise, but some every day habits can reduce your productivity and most can lead to procrastination from study. Your mobile phone, multiple tabs open in your internet browser, messy food, Netflix and TV, video games and other people (unless people are required for a group project), can all be highly distracting to your study. So make a conscious decision to remove these distractions during the times that you need to focus.
  3. Prepare your tools: Make sure you have easy access to everything you will need to study before you start. Set up your study space with a good ergonomic chair, a computer, chargers, textbooks, notebooks, various pens, highlighters, post-it notes and anything else that will help make your studying more productive.
  4. Good lighting: Natural lighting can help to boost productivity when studying, so try setting up a study space near a good source of natural light such as a window. Spaces with fluorescent lights often give off a diffused light, so investing in a desk lamp which can provide a bright, focused light is great for better reading.
  5. Keep it tidy: A clean and organised desk can help you have a clearer head when studying. So try cleaning your space every hour, it is one of quickest tasks you can do to refresh your space and give your mind a temporary break from study.

Look around and review your space, you might be pleasantly surprised how a few simple changes can help your productivity.