5 Easy Tips for an Effective Study Environment


Now that we are well into the semester and we’ve all had a chance to enjoy a long weekend full of fantastic Thanksgiving food, it’s time to get back to work.

Right around this point in the semester is a good time to take a look at our progress and our habits. If you are anything like me you started September off with a can-do attitude, a fully stocked pencil case, and a beautifully organized notebook. Now you’re doing homework last-minute, your pencil case seems to be missing pencils, and your so-called notebook is a jumble of random notes from 4 different classes.

Okay, it’s probably not that bad, but I bet that can do attitude that helped keep you focused at the beginning of the school year has faded somewhat. Be honest, do you ever sit down to do homework with the best intentions and then find that you ended up on YouTube, your phone, or playing video games? (Yea, me too!)

Sometimes it’s not so easy to avoid distractions, no matter how good your intentions. Here are 5 easy tips for an effective study environment.

1| Remove Distractions

Make sure your homework environment is a well-lit and distraction-free zone. That means leave your phones in another room or turn them off, avoid YouTube unless it’s for research, and avoid computers unless your homework demands it.

2| Have a Brain Break

Don’t start your homework right when you get home from school. Your brain has had to stay focused all day at school and it needs time to rest. My routine has always been to grab a snack and watch an episode of my favourite tv show before starting in on the day’s homework.

3| Take Study Breaks

It doesn’t make sense to power through all your homework at once. A healthy strategy is to work for 90 minutes and break for 20 minutes, but keep in mind everyone is different so find the Study-ON/Study-OFF schedule that works best for you and Stick to It! 

4| Remember to Eat

Hunger is one of the worst things to be when you’re trying to study. Hunger eats away at your concentration and your brain power, leaving you more vulnerable to distraction and error. Grab a snack before you start your homework and keep something close by for an emergency concentration boost.

5| Get Organized

Being well organized is a sure way to succeed in your studies. Keep your class notes organized, write homework assignments in a daily agenda, and make sure you keep a fully stocked pencil case (complete with calculator and ruler).

These are just a few tips to help you create a productive homework environment.

Do you have any strategies that work for you? Share them in the comments below.

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