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Earning your online degree takes time and effort; an effective study space can help you make the most of both. Review the tips below on how to create a productive environment.
Claim a Space
The first step in creating a good study environment is claiming a space. A home office is ideal, but a spare bedroom or space away from general traffic will work as well.
Assess Your Needs
Every student has their own set of needs for effective studying. What works for you is based on your own preferences. Take some time to consider how you learn. If a quiet works best, clear out radios and television, and try to work in a room with a door. If you need background noise, pick soft music that won’t interfere with your thought process. Pick a comfortable chair for your desk and get comfortable. Bottom line: do what you need in order to get the most from your studies.
Once you have assessed your study needs, stock your space with a computer, pens, paper and other necessary materials. Avoid leaving your space during study time. Part of online university success is staying focused; breaking your rhythm can hinder your progress.
Set Some Rules
As an online university student, you are responsible for your own success. As such, think of some rules to help you accomplish your goals. Ban eating or other visitors from your space while you are using it. Bottom line: set up parameters to help improve your work ethic.
Switch It Up
If you’ve ever found yourself in an exercise rut, you know that changing your surroundings or routine can make all the difference. Consider moving your desk into another part of the room after a few months, adding more light or a comfortable armchair. Start a fresh routine by switching the order in which you study your courses.
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