How to Study at Home

Students of all levels, listen up. You know you need to study in order to do well with your assignments and exams. Ideally, studying inside a nice, quiet library or with a group of like-minded people would be the way to go. 

However, we know that this is not always possible. So, you have to study at home. Home can be hazardous to students’ study habits, however: you have parents asking you to do something for you, perhaps YOU are the parent and your kid won’t stop bugging you…or perhaps you just have some noisy flatmates. 

No matter the situation, we can help. We have compiled some of our favourite study tips, so you get top marks always. 

The Tips

  1. Clear the Distractions

We live in a world where our mobile delivers us something cool to look at every few seconds. It becomes hard to focus for hours on a text or math problems when you could easily check out some YouTube videos. 

If this is you, place the mobile out of your way. Maybe you use your smartphone to listen to music and it is the world outside the window that distracts you. If that is the case, close the curtains. You get the idea. Take away whatever seems to keep you from getting work done.

  1. Create A Study Environment

Some of us are lucky to have a home office or even a quiet extra room in our homes. But for the rest of us, how can we create a space that lets you study and get things done? 

Start by choosing a space that you like. Designate one room or area as your study zone for studying online courses. Your brain will realise over time that it is study time and you will get right into the mode as time goes on. Going from place to place can be like a shock to the brain, so stay in one spot. 

Make sure your spot is comfortable, too. And do not dress as if you were at home doing nothing. Put on your clothing as you would if you were going to work or school and then sit down to work. Being too comfortable-in pyjamas, for instance-gives our brain the idea that it is time for lounging, not work. 

Those of you that work well with music playing, may wish to try some ambient noise in place. You can search YouTube for some suggestions, some of which are 8 hours long. If you must have music, try listening to classical. It gives you the musical sound you desire without shifting your focus to lyrics. 

  1. Start A Routine

Where you study will vary from time to time; an hour between classes might mean reading on a bench until it is time to go. While you can’t always control where studying will take place, you can get a routine started that tells your brain it is time to get schoolwork done. 

Jumping around from place to place throws off our whole routine-think of how you feel when you are late for school or work! When we are in a routine we concentrate and feel ready to work. 

Get yourself “ready,” too. Just like work, you cannot leave whenever you feel like it. Have all snacks, music and water ready to go so you do not have to get up and get them. Then take scheduled breaks so you always have something to look forward to. 

  1. Avoid Multitasking

This seems like a really dumb thing to say, because in today’s world, if you are not multitasking, then you are just being lazy, right?  Not so. Sure, we are so used to doing this that it is hard to stop. Multitasking is actually detrimental to productivity. 

Thankfully, there is a solution, and it’s free. It is called the Pomodoro technique. You set a timer for 25 minutes and when the 25 minutes is up, you step away and take a five-minute break. 

If you have any ideas or thoughts come to you while you are on your 25-minute streak, write them down and attend to them later on. Get back to the task at hand. Here is a Pomodoro timer you can use for your next study session. 

  1. Put Your Friends and Family to Work

If you have notes you need to memories for an upcoming exam, simply have your flat mates or family members hold them while you recite them back. This helps you cut down on the need to avoid your friends, parents, spouse or kids while you study. 

They can also give you feedback or even memory tricks to help you remember things that are hard for you. Another good idea is to give your friends or family a lesson in whatever it is you are being tested upon. The ability to explain something to another person means you have a solid understanding of the material. 

  1. Stay Positive

Remember, studying is not a punishment. It is just a way for you to internalise the techniques and ideas your profs want you to know. The info you are learning could save a life, spark a new idea, lead to new inventions-so it’s best that you are prepared and ready to learn these important lessons. 

You will feel more apt to do this if you keep a positive environment. Put up photos of your family and friends. Put up a picture of a car that you might like to buy when you are not a student, but a worker in your field. Post a photo of a holiday spot you will visit once your studies are successfully completed. 

After all you will not be studying forever, so keep at it and you will be done before you know it. 

Go Forth and Learn

We hope these ideas have been helpful to you as you work toward your degree, certificate or training completion. Set up an environment in your home that works for you. We wish you all the best in your studies!