Most teenagers’ bedrooms are untidy and full of wonderful distractions. In fact they are a treasure trove of distractions, many of them electronic, which continually take your mind off the task at hand - study. This environment is not conducive to good study, and now is the time to clean up that mess and make your bedroom a place of study. An engine room that will power you along as you endure the hours of study all the way to the final exams and hopefully outstanding results.
Step 1: Minimalism
You need to start cleaning your room, start packing up some of these distractions and getting them out of there or up in a cupboard somewhere for now. Clean up your room, until it is bare and only has the essentials of study. It goes without saying you need to get rid of the greatest distraction in your room - your phone. Perhaps leave it out in the common area, visit it after you have completed a task, but do not take it into your new study room.
Step 2: Put up your study motivation signs/symbols
One of the most effective ways to keep yourself motivated is to surround yourself with motivational signs/symbols, which remind you every time you sit down at your desk what you are there for and what you hope to achieve.
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Step 3: Make your room comfortable
If your study room is not comfortable it will be difficult to work for any extended period of time. Essentials include:
- a clean table or work area
- fresh air and sunlight
- well-lit area for studying in the evening
- a comfortable chair, (look after your back, stand up and move around frequently)
Step 4: Should you listen to music?
Lots of students like to listen to music while they study. Some parents and teachers often question whether this is a good thing or not. Many students argue that music can be a useful tool to help them study.
The key to listening to music is timing. Students should only listen to music when they are doing low-powered, repetitive work. For example completing mathematics exercises from the textbook. On the other hand there are times when students are required to concentrate such as memorising notes or doing practice exams. During these times they would want as few distractions as possible and would turn the music off.
Finally, not everyone finds their room is the best place to study. Libraries are another place which students find useful places to study. Many school libraries will be open throughout the September school holidays and all students are welcome to use the library for study.