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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

If you are a college student who is still acclimating to working from home, you are not alone. Millions of students around the country are still adjusting to living and studying at home. Back on campus, you had dozens of study areas to choose from. The library, quad, dining center, and cafe were just a few places where you could plop down your books and get down to work.

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But when you are stuck at home during a pandemic when everyone else is also encouraged to stay inside, you are left with very few options. With everyone quarantined inside for an interminable time period, tensions can start to flare and family members may begin to butt heads. The last thing you need is to worry about getting in a fight with your sibling in the middle of an exam.

Luckily for you, we have some tips on transforming your bedroom into the ultimate study oasis. Find out how you can finish the semester off strong and ace your finals from home by checking out these six top tips now.

Keep the Room Tidy and Remove Distractions

Get Rid of Junk and Unnecessary Items

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Keep your room clean and neat to prevent yourself from getting distracted while you study at home.

If you haven’t already put away your shoes, folded your laundry, or picked up any items left on the floor, now is the time to do that. A cluttered room is a distracting room. Turn your bedroom into a bona fide study space with just one small spring cleanout. Before you know it, you will be ready to go!

Getting Rid of Distractions

Studying is going to be a lot easier if you don’t have your phone or TV turned on near you. When it’s time for class, turn off the cell phone and put it away. If you have a TV in your room, make sure you switch it off too. Make sure you also keep a tidy room. Strewn about shoes and yesterday’s laundry should be kept out of sight. A cluttered room, while not as entertaining as your cell phone or TV, can also be distracting when you are trying to study.

If you think you will be too tempted to log onto Instagram or YouTube on your laptop, consider downloading a study app that can block distracting websites for set periods of time. StayFocused and SelfControl both restrict users from logging onto distracting websites for extended periods.  

Ensure Nice Lighting and a Moderate Temperature

Let the Natural Lighting in and Keep Your Room at a Comfortable Temperature

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Avoid studying in places with dim or low lighting -- it can strain your eyes and make studying harder.

Attempting to concentrate in dim lighting or when you are too hot or too cold is frustrating and difficult. Taking a few minutes to adjust the temperature and lighting in your room will help you in the long run when it comes to studying and working on projects. Here are some tips for making the room more comfortable.

Adjusting the Temperature

Make sure your room is set at an ideal temperature to ensure you are comfortable when you begin to study. If you can’t adjust the room temperature, you may have to make special accommodations for yourself. This may involve purchasing a fan to cool yourself off or bringing in a couple of extra blankets to keep yourself warm.

Fixing the Lighting

When it comes to lighting, try to let as much natural light in as possible. You might need to move your desk closer to a window or open up your curtains for study sessions. If your room doesn’t receive enough natural lighting or you are trying to study at night, you will need to mimic natural lighting in your room. Luckily, pulling this off is pretty simple. Turn on any lamps in addition to the overhead lights in your room. Make sure your light bulbs are ‘cool white,’ as they are actually better for your eyes than ‘yellow’ bulbs.

Make it a Little More Comfortable

Don’t Be Afraid to Grab a Pillow or a Blanket to Get Cozy

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You can try alternating between studying at your desk and on your bed, but make sure you retain good posture wherever you sit.

You don’t want to allow yourself to get so uncomfortable that you can’t focus, but you also don’t want to get so comfortable that you doze off. That’s why we recommend studying at a desk with a blanket and back-supporting chair to help you stay focused. Add a pillow or two if it helps support your back.

Whatever you do, don’t lie down in your bed to study or do your homework. It’s easy to get too comfortable on your bed when you have a soft blanket and plush pillow to help lull you to sleep. Before you know it, your 5-minute break could turn into a two-hour nap!

Stay on track by doing most of your work from your desk. This will be beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Sitting in a chair with back support is much better on your posture than attempting to sit upright on your bed.

Invest in Noise Cancelling Devices and Study Aids

Sometimes, Closing a Door Isn’t Enough to Block Out Loud Family Members

You may need to purchase a pair of noise-canceling headphones if you live in a loud household.

Headphones are great for listening to music or tuning out your noisy siblings. And even though you are taking classes from home now, that doesn’t mean your workload is any easier or less demanding. That’s why we recommend coming up with a strategy to keep your room free of any distractions.

Tips for Tuning Out the Noise while Studying at Home

Earplugs or noise-canceling headphones can go a long way in blocking out distracting noise. Soothing and classical music is even known to help you concentrate! But if you don’t have enough money for a new pair of headphones, you may need to get a little creative. This may entail soundproofing your room by stuffing a blanket under your door or using a fan to drown out the noise. Large furnishings such as pillows and rugs are also great for absorbing sound.

Organize a Small Desk Space

Set Aside a Small Space Designated Just for Studying

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Find a quiet space and make it a habit to study at that spot every day.

Set aside an actual place to study in your room. A pile of books placed near the foot of your bed doesn’t count. If you don’t have a desk in your room, try to find another room inside the house that does or can offer enough space for you to study. Turn this area into your designated workplace. Make sure you find time to study and work on projects there every day.

Keeping Your Desk Tidy

Cluttered desks can also be distracting and disorienting. In fact, they are even known to increase anxiety and make you feel less motivated. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your desk organized to help you stay focused. So, before starting any class or study session, you should clear away unnecessary papers and books from your desk. Even if you just put them under your desk, you will be able to clear your mind and visual space to make room for focusing on the task at hand.

If you want to have all of your notebooks and folders on hand, but don’t want it cluttering up your desk, consider purchasing a desk organizer. Desk organizers can keep writing utensils, notebooks, and folders nearly separated and sorted out.

Studying Outside of Your Bedroom

Sometimes, you just want a break from your room. Maybe you are okay with studying with some background noise or you are just sick of being holed up in one place all day. If possible, try to find a study space that is separated from areas where you would normally eat or watch TV. This will prevent you from becoming easily distracted.    

Creating a study space away from campus can be a little daunting at first -- after all, you're changing your entire work environment. However when you consider a few simple components of what makes a good study space a good study space, we how you'll find that you're able to create the ideal study space wherever you are. Happy studying!