Studying at home can be difficult: there are many distractions! However, if you take the right steps, you can be as productive at home as you are in the library or in a study group. Here are our tips for studying at home.
Tips for Studying at Home
Create a schedule (and stick to it)
When will you study, and what? You need to make sure that you know what is expected of you: the books you must read, the projects and papers you must complete, and the tests that you have coming up. Look at all of the syllabi for your classes and create a calendar so that you know exactly what is due, and when.
You also need to create a daily schedule. Try to wake up and go to sleep around the same time. Schedule exercise. Schedule your breaks and lunches. The more detailed your schedule is, the more likely you will keep to this routine.
Make sure you’re physically and mentally prepared to study
Do not just wake up, roll out of bed, and begin studying. This never works! Prepare yourself and your space. Exercise, make your breakfast, do your shopping, and clean up your home a little before sitting down to study.
Create a dedicated study space
Create an area in your home where you study. Don’t pick a place like your bed: this is for sleeping! Choose a table or a desk, and make sure that area is clean and free of clutter. If you’d like, add a candle or a plant to your study space to brighten your day.
Put your phone away
Phones are the biggest distraction while working. Set your phone to silent and then keep it away from your study space. This will allow you to focus on your work.
While you’re on your computer, stay away from social media and websites that will distract you. Stay on task, and stick to your schedule! If you need to, schedule in “social media breaks” where you stop studying and check your Instagram, Tik Tok, or other social media accounts.