Studying should be at the top of your priority list as a college student. It’s what will lead to your success and to your ultimate goal of earning a degree, and it always amazed me as a college adviser how many of my students didn’t have a regular study routine.
Life’s busy. Believe me, as a mom of three kids, I know that. As a student, you’re probably managing class time, a job, social commitments, AND study time. Sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. Yeah, I know. So why not make it a bit easier on yourself by setting up a regular spot or two for your study sessions. Having a study area already in place will help you to integrate study time into your already busy lifestyle. It will also help to avoid things like distractions and temptations, that zap your focus.
Pick a Place
Choose a place where you’ll go to study, a place that will be free of distractions. You may even pick two. Maybe your dorm room is the ideal place because you’ve got your desk and all of your study supplies handy. When your roommate’s there, however, he blares the TV and gives you the play-by-play of the action packed movie he’s watching. Not ideal for getting work done. Believe me, I know; my kids do the same thing, only it’s usually the exploits of Hannah Montana I get to hear about.
So you may want to choose a spot on campus that is good for studying. I used to study in the lounge of the campus ministry. It was relatively quiet and provided a nice alternative to the library which could get pretty crowded. Check out this helpful and humorous post from Dr. Wizard on finding a great hideaway on campus where you can study in peace.
Make It a Habit
Going to your study spot will prep your mind and body to get down to the business at hand. When you’re in your regular space, your mind will kick into study mode, and it will be easier for you to get to work. Also, you’ll want to try to set up routine times to study. Take into account your study style. If you like to get things done early, set up time in the morning for your regular study sessions. Night owls will want to plan accordingly. Just make it a habit, and you’ll be well on your way.
Make It Yours
Even if it’s not in your room, you can personalize your study spot to fit your needs. If you can’t stand total quiet, bring along your mp3 player. It doesn’t make sense to try to go against your innate preferences, so try to set up your study area to suit you and your personality. If you get sleepy in a warm spot, pick a place that well-ventilated. You get the idea.
Good luck finding your ideal study spot. Let me know in the comments if you already have that perfect place or if you have any questions about how to find it.