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Learning and Study


Organising your study spaces


Working places: home

Personal space

It can be difficult to find somewhere quiet to work. You will need a small space at least to which you can regularly return and work.

The right furniture

Your chair should:

  • support your body properly
  • be at the right height for the desk or table

Your monitor or laptop screen should:

  • be at a level where you do not have to strain your neck or eyes
  • use monitor blocks and laptop wedges if necessary

Your desk/table should:

  • be big enough for you to work effectively
  • stay clear of mess and distractions

The right lighting

Natural light from a window is best, but you will probably need a suitable lamp as well as overhead light for working in darker conditions. Make sure there is no glare or reflection if you are working at a screen.

The right atmosphere

  • Streamline: Take away any unused furniture, posters or objects that could distract you by making the room too "busy".
  • Group: Group all your books into one part of the study space. Put everything you need for a specific task in its own area.
  • Move: Move furniture, books and equipment so that everything you need is easy to access and you can get to your desk without tripping over.

Putting things in their place

Keep things for your most urgent tasks closest to your workspace. Regularly review this so you can file less urgent or older materials away.

Develop a filing system

Not being able to find what you need immediately could cause unnecessary stress. You could use different folders, notebooks, index tabs or colour coding.