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Attention salesmen,
sales managers:
location, location, location
Classified ad,
Chicago Tribune, 1926

Learning to learning series

Finding the right study space

As you click through the exercise,
mouse-over the shaded area for a suggestion.

 

It may be that changing where you study will bring better results.
What area works best for you for effective studying?

  • A coffee shop can provide a stimulating community,
    background noise, relaxed atmosphere, wifi, and coffee! It can be convenient for small groups, studying with a partner or alone. You can also be unknown and unbothered, and easily turn off your cell phone to avoid that distraction!
  • Your school's study lounge can also be convenient
    for studying alone or in small groups. However, if the noise, movement or distractions of friends or students are too distracting, then relocate to where your studying will become more effective.
  • Your bedroom/personal space can be convenient
    to fit your schedule, as well as have all your study materials at hand. Its comfort can be a mixed blessing if you take too many naps!
  • Kitchens are conducive to studying,
    with good lighting and open space for all your materials. You also have nourishment at hand, but snack with fruit and vegetables to avoid heavy foods.
  • If you focus better in your basement, great!
    Music can make for good background noise, but make sure it stays in the background: don't lose track of what you are studying.
  • Your living room is a great place to study
    with comfortable seating and enough space, but avoid the distractions or projects around the house. If you love watching the television, it may not be the best option for a study space.
  • The library offers professional services,
    a quiet environment, Wi-Fi, and even windows with a view! An empty classroom provides an even quieter, even secluded space.
See also:

Effective study habits | A.S.P.I.R.E. - a study system |
Index - a study system | Studying with flashcards |
Studying with multiple sources | Finding the right study space |
Studying text books in science

Flash exercise contributed by Michaela Benson and Dr. Brad Hokanson, Interactive Media (DHA 4384) School of Design, University of Minnesota; adapted and revised by Joe Landsberger