Making your room a study friendly haven
As a leading independent sixth form college, we have helped day and boarding students from all walks of life thrive and succeed. Ensuring this ethos continues back home is just as important though. Whether living with your parents or boarding during your college years, the private space you call home should be as study-friendly as possible. Your room shouldn’t just be a place to rest your head after a long day in the classroom.
How you decorate and furnish your space has been proven to improve concentration and productivity, two factors that are integral to making the most of your sixth form experience. In this blog post, we reveal our top tips for making your room a study-friendly haven.
Have a dedicated study space
When decorating and furnishing your student room, you need to strike a balance. Although your space should be comfortable, if everything in your room is too comfortable you run the risk of sacrificing your study time for lounge time. Having dedicated spaces for rest and work is possible even in the smallest student rooms.
Your bed area should contain all the creature comforts you’d expect and need, particularly if you are living away from home for the first time. Your desk should offer the complete opposite, providing a clean, clutter free and productive space for you to work in.
Use light to your advantage
The presence of natural light has a profound effect on the human brain and body. In addition to boosting vitamin D, an action that keeps the body in great condition, a recent study revealed that those working in natural light had higher energy levels and were more productive as a result. Natural light has also been proven to help you sleep, and sleep matters to students for a number of reasons.
Boosting light levels within your student room is simple with the right know-how. Decorating your student space with mirrors, and keeping colour schemes light and neutral both help to illuminate spaces big and small. Remember, natural light is better than artificial lighting in terms of its productivity boosting, health-enhancing benefits. If natural light isn’t so readily available, choose and position artificial light fixtures carefully. However, light shining directly into the eyes is distracting, so make sure placement is well-thought-out.
Keep it clean
The cleanliness of your room can have a huge impact on its study friendliness. As well as the hygiene of your room affecting concentration levels, the presence of physical clutter is thought to negatively impact a person’s ability to focus, as this blog post from Unclutterer details:
“Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published the results of a study they conducted in the January issue of The Journal of Neuroscience that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living… The conclusions were strong — if you want to focus to the best of your ability and process information as effectively as possible, you need to clear the clutter from your home and work environment. This research shows that you will be less irritable, more productive, distracted less often, and able to process information better with an uncluttered and organized home and office.”
Ensuring that your student room works as a place to hang out and study is vital. Every student space should be as unique as the individual that inhabits it, so don’t forget to take your personal preferences into account when creating yours.
Where to look next:
- To find out more about our A Level and GCSE courses, click here
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- If you’re interested in seeing which universities our students go to, click here.