Maintaining an Effective Study Space

Maintaining an Effective Study Space

It’s an old story: your child arrives home from school or an extracurricular activity and sits right down on the couch or at the kitchen table and begins to get to work. Or maybe your child does have a dedicated desk, but it is strewn with pencils, old post-it notes, and/or loose papers.

These situations can be problematic because where students study can have as big of an impact on results as how much they study! Having a clean, quiet space that is dedicated to school work—whether that be at home, at school, or at the local library—can be the difference between students getting work done quickly and effectively and students struggling to keep up with their tasks each day. That is why this month’s study tips are:

  Identify the location where you can do your schoolwork most effectively.

  Schedule a time each week to clean and organize any loose items in your study space.

Many students find maintaining consistent organizational routines to be a struggle, so using outside resources can help build good habits. Tools that we will be discussing this week include:

  • Habitica – An app that turns goal and task management into a video game.
  • Evernote – An app that organizes and prioritizes ideas, projects, and to-do lists.

3 ways Maintaining an Effective Study Space makes students more college-ready:

  1. Studies have shown that stress resulting from background noise can induce the release of cortisol, a hormone that negatively impacts the ability to retain information.
  2. Research from DePaul University highlights the “substantial link between procrastination and clutter problems.”
  3. Having a study area with exposure to sunlight increases motivation and allows students to study for longer without getting tired.

Take it to the next level!

  • Use a note-taking system like Cornell Notes to more effectively retain information and efficiently review content later.
  • Maintain a monthly calendar in your study space so that you can easily keep track of upcoming events.
  • Schedule weekly times to organize your binders and to clean your locker and backpack.

Remember, developing great habits takes consistent practice so keep at it!

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