I am an eleven letter word. I am present everywhere. I like to tempt you but I am best avoided. Guess who am I?
Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about ‘Distractions’ – your number one enemy while studying, especially when you’re taking online classes. One important step you can take to keep these distractions at bay is to create an effective study room. With the right tools, some smart planning and organizing, you can create the best place to study at home to help you concentrate better on your online classes. Here are 5 study room essentials that will help you study better:
Comfort in a study room is all about the seating arrangement. Make sure that you have a cozy table and a chair, but not so cozy that it makes you want to take a nap. While taking online classes it is not a good idea to sit on your bed and slouch. Keeping your tablet on a table and sitting on a chair enables you to maintain a good posture. Similarly, a study area that is not well lit can not only hamper your eyesight but also makes it easier for you to doze off. Ensure to lighten up your study area adequately either through a tube light or a desk lamp. You can also use natural light to do the same, as long as you can keep your mind off what’s going on outside the window!
Online classes require a different set-up than the usual. You only need a limited set of items during your lessons. After you’ve made your study space well-lit, it’s time to clean it up a bit. Start with removing all the unnecessary stuff that is taking up space. For example, pens that don’t work anymore or books that are from the previous year or rough copies that are filled. Shift items that are necessary but have no immediate use in some other shelf/cupboard and throw away items that cannot be used anymore. Make a list of things you need to stock up on. Meanwhile don’t forget to engage in some dusting and cleaning of the area too. A neat place reflects a neat mind. Make the place shine bright as a study place should be.
Just the way school bags are arranged frequently based on the school time-table, attending online classes too requires you to assemble all your supplies from time to time. Use the list you made while decluttering to know what supplies need to be restocked. This could be pens, notebooks, pencils, erasers, staplers, page holders, etc. If after the decluttering you are left with some loose pages that have important notes, get a folder to file them together.
An important step to organizing your study space to have ‘only’ the most important things on it. Try keeping up to just 4-5 things on it, at a time. These could be your textbooks, notebooks, pen/pencil, tablet, etc. To achieve this you’ll have to organize the drawers and shelves where you keep all your other books too. Make an arrangement of your choice, either subject wise or semester wise, whatever is suitable for your needs. Such an arrangement will make it easier for you to find your books quickly and prevent you from messing up the study area anytime soon. Use a pen stand to keep all your stationery together.
We learned in the Pomodoro technique that the human mind needs a break every once in a while to concentrate better. For the study session after online classes, you can decide at what intervals you should be taking breaks. For this, you can either put an alarm on your tablet or keep a clock in your study area. Try to avoid using your phone as your clock, as it can distract you in many other ways.
Some important considerations:
And there you have it – all the essentials to let your study space help you learn more effectively with online classes. Did we leave anything out? Do you have your own unique tip to share? Tell us in the comment section below.
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