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How to create a study space at home

A study space doesn't have to be perfect to make it work for you


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Finding a space that works for you to study in where you live can be challenging. You may share a room with someone, only have space to work at a kitchen table or shared space, or maybe you have limited options for finding time by yourself. Whatever your situation, there are small things you can do to try to create a calming space to work if you need to study at home.

5 tips for setting up a home study space

It can be useful to think about what the essentials are. The top three things for most people are something to sit on, something to lean on, and somewhere with the least amount of distractions. Think about what your top three things are.

Setting up a study in your own room

If you do have space and can get set up in your own bedroom, try not to study while on your bed as this can make it difficult for you to separate relaxing or sleeping from studying. Try to ensure you are getting some light and set up close to a window or use a lamp if you can. It can really help to have a clean study area with only the materials you will use for that particular study session. Notes from other subjects, snacks from the day before and other books should not be on your study area.

Sharing a study space

When revising, you may have to share a study space with a family member who is also working or studying from home. It could be helpful to have a discussion with them about the best way to work around each other. Maybe that means setting your study timetable up so that you take breaks or lunch at a different time to them so you get some time to yourself. Maybe you could start studying a bit earlier or later than they are working to maximise time without distractions. It can be difficult to spend a lot of time with the same people in a small space. Here are some tips on reducing arguments at home if there is tension.

Think outside the box

Think about the rooms or space you have in your home. You may have space to set up in your own bedroom. If this isn’t possible, or you really struggle to study in your own room, perhaps you could use a sibling, parent or guardian's room, if they are happy for you to do that. Some students have found studying in the back seat of the car quite handy as it is very hard to get distracted by temptations or others.

Try outdoor study spaces

If the weather is nice and it means you have a bit more space, studying outside can work well for some people. You can enjoy the fresh air and not feel like you are missing out on any nice weather. Ensure you can move your study bits easily back inside in case the weather does quickly change.

Get creative

If you don’t have a suitable desk or chair to use you may need to get creative. Think about what other items you have in your house that might work. Maybe you could use an ironing board as a makeshift desk or a storage box and cushions for a chair. It’s important to try and ensure whatever you use is the right height to help support your posture. Having something to support your back will help and if you are using a computer or laptop, having the screen at eye-level can reduce strain on your body.

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Published May 7th2020
Last updated May 7th2021
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