Creating The Perfect Bedroom For Studying In
Students up and down the country have flown the nest and started an exciting new course at university. With sky-high tuition fees, you’ll want to make sure that you can use all your powers of concentration – not easy when student life has so many distractions! Whether you’re living on campus or sharing a student house, we’re got some great ways to make sure your bedroom is the perfect place to study.
Sleep and study zones
Start by zoning your room into different areas. Sleep and relaxation will be important to help you unwind, so make sure you position your bed as far away from your desk as possible. The last thing you want to see when you’re nodding off is that essay or project you’ve still got to write. If your room is big enough, a folding screen can be an inexpensive way to divide up the room. It’s also a great way to hide clutter if other students pop by for a cuppa!
Next, set up your study zone for maximum comfort and concentration. Make sure your chair is the right height for your desk and monitor. Ideally, you should sit with your back straight and your forearms parallel with the floor. Don’t slouch or sit so low that your wrists drop below the level of your laptop or keyboard. You’ll find it hard to work for long periods of time as your hands, wrists and neck will start to ache. Chairs on wheels can also cause back problems if you don’t align yourself properly with your desk.
Planning and preparation will be vital to your studies, so get a noticeboard and pin your lecture timetable to it. You can then section the board off into different subject areas. Colour-coding is a quick and easy way to identify different study topics. Use a specific colour for post-it-notes, ring-binders and notebooks for each subject. Stock up on pens, paperclips, rubbers, staples and anything else that you’ll need for your course work.
Studies have shown that light can have a real influence on learning, increasing reading speed, reducing errors and improving attention span. High quality LED lighting will create a study space that inspires concentration and is a brighter place to learn. Choose a desk lamp or ceiling light with a high light intensity and a cool (4000K) or daylight (6000K) colour temperature, to help you focus and stay alert.
Make study rules
With so many new friends, it can be tempting to swap your studies for a quick drink in the student bar. Plan your study time at the start of the week and stick to it. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Make sure you take regular breaks and grab some energy-boosting snacks to help you study more effectively.
Get some beauty sleep
And finally, don’t forget to make sure you get some good quality sleep. A dose of Benenox a few minutes before lights out will support your body, to ensure you wake up feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – ready for your 9am lectures.
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