How to Optimize Your Home for Studying

We’ve been going to quite a few graduations and graduation parties here recently – how about you? It’s that time of year!

What has been really interesting to me is the amount of 18-year-old kiddos I’ve chatted with who plan on furthering their education, but doing it via a trade or tech school. And doing it while they still live at home!

Having JUST YESTERDAY paid off the last of my student loans, I wonder if that wouldn’t have been a much smarter choice than the 4-year university degree my husband and I both used time and resources obtaining. At this point, it’s more of a shoulda coulda woulda thought – what’s done is done, right? However, I think non-universities offer a great educational alternative, even for those who may already have a degree (like myself and my husband). Some of them even offer certifications you could obtain totally online, which offers quite the convenience factor!

In fact, thanks to the growth in the availability of online learning, people are increasingly choosing to gain an education from home. Students who have just graduated high school, postgraduate college students and adults who want to return to education to further or change their careers are all among those who are using online learning to gain qualifications from home.

Having said this, it is not always easy to focus on study when at home. Because of this, creating the perfect study space in your home is essential!

Lady Looking At Books Showing Education

Dedicated Study Space

Whether you’re studying for your high school diploma or looking to achieve a degree to further your career, it’s crucial that you have a quiet, dedicated space to study, learn and revise. When you are studying for an online degree, it’s vital to have a separate study space where you can go to take online classes, revise, read and work on your assignments. The environment in which you study can have a huge effect on your motivation levels and subsequently your results, so setting aside a specific room for study is definitely beneficial.

Minimize Distractions

In today’s world, there are a lot of things that can easily distract us from studying. For example, if you’re studying at home for a Master of Science in Nursing degree as well as working as a registered nurse, it can be easy to come home and be distracted by the television or your iPad instead of working. Although it’s great to set aside time to simply relax and have fun sometimes, it’s crucial that you don’t let these distractions put your education in jeopardy. When designing your study space, keep it as distraction-free as possible to make sure that your time is solely dedicated to learning when you enter the room.

A Clutter-Free Environment

Having clutter and mess around your home can sometimes be unavoidable, but a consistently cluttered environment can affect your ability to study and learn. Clutter in and of itself can be a distraction, and it’s never the best setting if you are wanting to stay calm and focus while you study. Instead, making sure that your home is clutter-free, spacious and airy can help you to stay in the right frame of mind while you study.

The Right Furniture

When it comes to studying, having the right furniture is crucial. Although you may think you’ll be fine studying while sitting in an armchair or propped up in bed, doing this consistently can actually end up hurting your body due to bad posture. Additionally, getting too comfortable could mean that you end up falling asleep instead of doing your work! Investing in a good desk and comfortable chair to work from will keep you alert and supported as you carry out your studies.

If you want to succeed when studying at home, you need to ensure that your home isn’t holding you back! Where is YOUR favorite study spot around your home?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

18 thoughts on “How to Optimize Your Home for Studying

  1. Those are great tips. My oldest is going into 7th grade, so I am sure he will have a lot more studying to do next year.

  2. Back when I went back to college I had my own apartment and I tended to have to study at the kitchen table–no choice really–small apartment. I agree totally that you need a space where there are no distractions!

  3. I know I don’t work well on the couch. It seems comfortable, but it isn’t motivating. My kids do their homework at the dining room table, and it seems to be ok for now.

  4. I am a home educating momma – so I have an entire room dedicated to school and studying – but these are amazing tips! We even utilize noise cancelling headphones on particularly distracting days

  5. I just got my student loans paid off 2 years ago. It took me 20 years. I have a degree I have never used. My husband has no degree- got a ton of computer certifications and has worked for Microsoft and Dell. Yep. I think trade school is the way to go – especially if you have the right study environment.

  6. Clutter doesn’t helo you relax at all especially when you’re under a lot of pressure. It’s good to be able to remive the clutter when you’re welcoming a new season. These are great tips!

  7. Great advices! It’s not an easy task to study at home due to a lot of distractions and so on, so creating the perfect environment at home is essential! I love studying in my room, it’s my private space with comfortable desk and chair! But motivation is everything!

  8. My husband is finishing paramedic school this summer. It is a great idea to have a dedicated study space, I wish we could do that but our small place doesn’t have the space. So then it becomes super important to makes sure the place he does do his homework is clutter free. He has ADD and is easily distracted by a mess.

  9. Ahhhh studing at home can definitely be a distraction!!! I work from home and ughh…. Distraction overload! Having your own space is a must!

  10. I was drawn to read this post because I love to study and your tips are spot on. My study table holds a pride of place in my heart and I make sure I guard my space. I avoid distractions as much as possible. But, with kids around, I often have to do some explanation to get some quiet. Thanks for sharing!

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