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Ten ways to build the perfect study space

Ten ways to build the perfect study spaceWant to transform your room into a study paradise? Try some of these tips.

1. Kill distractions

Your phone, TV or Facebook are not your friends when it comes to studying. Don't rely on willpower: put obstacles between yourself and the distractions.

  • Turn your phone off - or at least put it on silent and leave it across the room, where you can't fiddle with it mindlessly.
  • Use browser extensions like LeechBlock and Nanny to block distracting websites

Setting yourself regular breaks can help you avoid temptation during work time.

2. Tidy up your act

Clearing away the clutter from your study space should help clear your mind, allowing you to focus on the job at hand. You'll also avoid losing important notes in piles of disorganized paperwork.

3. Light up your life

Ensure there’s good lighting in your study space. If it's too dark to read, you won't get very far. During the day, working by the window or even outside can give you the best light to work by.

4. Get settled...

A comfortable chair will keep you working more effectively than an uncomfortable one, a sofa or, worst of all, your bed.

5. ...or get moving

Study doesn't have to be still. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t like to sit still all the time, get on your feet and pace around while repeating what you’re studying aloud.

6. Find the right background noise

A little bit of background noise can block out distractions and help you concentrate - but the wrong kind can be a distraction in itself.

Instrumental music can be a good choice, as lyrics tend to be more distracting. Alternatively, there are many websites and phone apps that play rain noises, cafe sounds or white noise.

7. Be equipped

Make sure that you have all the books, resources and equipment needed to get the job done when you start - that way, you won't be constantly stopping and starting to go and fetch things.

8. Shut out the outside world

The outside world is a dangerous place, full of noises and people coming to distract you. Shut the door to build yourself a private study cocoon. If anyone needs you, they can knock.

9. Some like it hot

Try to get the temperature right in your study space. If it’s too hot or cold, you may not be at your most productive. It's hard to write neatly when you're shivering.

10. Stop trying to build the perfect study space

If you've got two weeks to prepare for an exam, it's very easy to spend 13 days perfecting your study space and leave yourself no time to make use of it. When you find yourself rearranging furniture, ranking all the music on Spotify by suitability for studying or inventing a new kind of chair, it's probably time to call it a day. After all, the one thing that really makes a great study space is that it has you in it, studying.

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