10 Tips to Create a Good Study Environment - St. Louis Tutoring

With college students spending 12 hours per week attending classes, and high school students 30 hours, it's commonly accepted that these students learn the most while in the classroom. However, many experts disagree - the radical educator Ivan Illich noted that students learn more outside the classroom. For high school students and especially http://privatetutoring.us/ - Science Tutor - for college students, it's crucial to be organized and efficient in studying - and learning - beyond school. Anyone can make an environment which helps, rather than hinders, learning. Here's a few ideas:Filter out distractions - You don't have to study in a vacuum, but try filtering distractions and interruptions out from your study environment. Don't be afraid to ask people in advance to leave you alone while you're studying. Try to reduce noise and visual distractions to a reasonable level. If you can't, consider a different place to study.Separate work and https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/resources/learning/tutors/ - https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/resources/learning/tutors/ - play - Study in a different place than where you hang out or sleep - a separate study room, a library, a classroom, or a coffee shop. Clearly designating one place for work and another for play can prevent unnecessary procrastination and distraction. For this same reason try to keep work and sleep separate - don't study in bed.Organize your area - Make sure you have everything you need at your desk with reach, so you won't have to get up in the midst of studying for a pencil or highlighter. Consider organizing your files, physical and virtual, to avoid having to spend too much time looking for the right one.Unplug your computer - Ok, you may not want to literally unplug it - you'll probably be using it to study. But find a way to unplug yourself from online distractions - log off from social networking and chat on your computer and phone, or use a service like Cold Turkey to block these for you.Think about your posture - Imagine a grandparent telling you to stop slouching. Posture is important, especially when spending long hours studying. You don't need a perfect chair, but at least use a chair. If you find yourself aching after an hour of studying, consider switching positions or seating.Take regular breaks - Realize you're only as productive as your brain is - and it needs regular breaks to work at full capacity. A simple time management method is to work for 30 minutes, take a 2 minute break, and resume work. Use a timer, take it seriously, and see how it works for you. Different timing works for different people, but it's important to remember to break from any studying: stretch or walk around, and return to work with a clearer mind.Set a study schedule - Find time that works for you during the week, and give yourself set times to study. A schedule can be useful for breaking down a big assignment - like reading an entire book - into smaller and more manageable pieces: a chapter every other day. Once you write a schedule, stick to it.Be consistent - If you study well in a library or at home, keep studying there. Don't switch study places, especially close to an important deadline. Avoid drastic changes to your study area unless necessary - don't give yourself any new reasons to be distracted.Remind and Motivate yourself - Fill your space with things that remind you about tasks and motivate you to complete them. Use a calendar to keep deadlines and important dates within reach and a simple to-do list to prioritize tasks and get things done. Also, find small tokens and images that will motivate you; maybe a toy, picture, or college acceptance letter will provide a bit of necessary encouragement in the middle of the night before a final is due.Personalize it - Do you study better with your back to any windows? Or facing them? Do you like the complete silence of noise-cancelling headphones or the rhythmic hum of electronic music? The best study environment is one that is personalized to how you study. Make it your own, and keep modifying it until it's perfect.Question about tutoring? Email tutoringexaminer@varsitytutors.com or visit http://www.varsitytutors.com, and subscribe above to receive the latest posts.