Finding your sweet spot is the first step to studying success.
When you’re setting up your workspace to get homework, study and assignments done, there are a few things people tell you: get a plant, clean your desk before you start, don’t listen to metal while you work. But really, it all comes down to what works best for you. Here are some A or B questions to ask yourself.
Bed or Desk?
These aren’t the only two places you can work, of course, but they’ll stand in for the couch vs dining table or whatever. Do you like to have all your papers and books etc spread around you on the donna while you work? Or do you prefer to be sitting up at a desk, with things in more orderly piles?
Loud or Quiet?
Some people can’t get anything done when there’s music playing. They start singing along in their head instead of focusing on what they’re reading. Other people can’t stand when it’s too quiet, preferring a bit of background noise, even if it’s a conversation they’re not involved in. Try working in a library and a café, and see what’s more comfy.
Alone or Together?
If you love a chat and a bit of noise, you might find it more fun and useful to have a study buddy sharing your workspace. Conversations can break things up, and you can back’n’forth on topics that are confusing. Of course, if you’re more of a silent type, you might do better with zero distractions from other people. These things don’t always go together – Chatty Cathys can get too distracted when there’s goss to be shared.
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