How to design your study space
Study is a tough but necessary part of learning but we’ve got some tips to help you optimise your workspace and brain pace.
- Clean desk, clean mind
Although your mind is full of bouncing ideas and theories, desk organisation is an important and useful tool to help organise your mind. Start by preparing all the equipment you need to study: textbooks, laptop, and stationary.
If you’re missing pieces vital to your study space, you can kit-out at your local newsagent, Officeworks, or, for a luxurious Swiss touch to your stationary wardrobe, Kikki K. Kikki K is excellent for the scatterbrain studier because they even hold organisation workshops in store, which give you the tools and tricks for smart study.
- Brain food
Study snacks are next on your to-do list. In amongst a stress mess, students are prone to the late-night fast-fuelling feeds on chocolate, pizza, coffee, and energy drinks. Unfortunately processed fats and sugars have the same sugar high and crashing low effect on university students as small children. Healthy alternatives can help you to stay alert and endure the mental workout. Fruit give a natural high and apples are said to wake you up more than coffee. Other great snacks to keep handy are: almonds, carrots, granola bars, and, of course, plenty of water to keep you and your brain hydrated.
- Sounds like learning
Apart from the myth of the Mozart effect, students tend to use music as a distraction rather than a tool. According to a 2005 study on the “Effect of Music Listening on Work Performance,” music improves mood and promotes productivity. For a study space, instrumental music can provide a relaxing environment and eliminates the potential to write Brittney Spears lyrics on your flash cards.
- Light and space
Feng Sui is an ancient Chinese philosophy about achieving harmony through the flow of positive energy (chi) in environments. Light and space are key considerations in this philosophy. You may like to increase the positive energy in your workspace by simply: re-arranging your desk in the commanding position, which is facing the room’s entry, adding some greenery to refresh the energy of the space, or placing something motivational in the front left-corner of the desk to promote knowledge and wisdom.
When your study space is set-up you’re ready to nestle in and start revising.
If you need some more tips please feel free to call (07) 5593 8333 or email us at qts.edu.au