start of a year is a good time to reassess the space where you work at
home. It is best to work in whatever space has the least amount of
distractions. Here are some points to
Natural lighting is best, but if not possible then a good strong bulb
in your room and a bright desk lamp is essential. What is the lighting
like in your study area?
- Fresh air and oxygen to the brain helps keep you mentally alert. What
is the ventilation and air quality like in your study area?
- Your work space sets the tone for the way you approach your study. Is
your desk large enough? What is your working space or desk like?
- The chair you use should be comfortable (but not so comfy you fall
asleep) and adjustable to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. What
is your chair like?
- When you are trying to memorise things, quiet is essential. No music
(unless it is certain types of classical like baroque). How effectively
can you keep your room quiet?
- Storage is essential to help you keep your notes organised and sorted.
Shelves, a filing cabinet, drawers. What is the storage like in your
- It is important to keep your study area uncluttered and organised. A
large pin board for notices and a calendar are useful. How organised is
your study area?
- How many distractions do you have in your room? Computer, phone etc? It
is always a good idea to switch off or remove distractions before you
start work. If you have to use your
laptop make a conscious effort to not use personal technology during
times when you are doing schoolwork. How well do you cope with the
distractions in your room?
learn more about setting up an effective work area at home (including
the effect the colour of your room has on your ability to study and how
up your room ergonomically) visit the Home Study Environment unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.