Steps to Success – Step Six!
The Final Step – or is it?
Create a study space for yourself.
You can learn anywhere if you are committed (Step 1) and follow solid study skills, but it can be very helpful to have a suitable study space.
Here are a few tips that will make that study space work for you.
- Pick the quietest place you can. It does not have to be fancy, the corner of a room will do if a whole room is not available.
Turn off radios, televisions, cell phones, any extraneous noise that is not necessary to the current study session.
- Have a solid writing surface and firm but comfortable chair. You should practice “sitting up” when studying. Good posture helps the body – and the brain is part of the body. Don’t be too comfortable! No bed studying. If you are falling asleep, you are not learning much.
- If using a computer, make sure it is positioned correctly so that you don’t have to strain to see the screen or to use the keyboard, mouse, etc.
- Provide good lighting. You will want enough light that you can see easily without straining your eyes. If the light is too dim, you will feel tired and might begin to fall asleep. A less common problem is light that is too bright – but that could be annoying, so just try to find that perfect amount.
- Try to have all the necessary bits and pieces on hand. This saves you having to scramble and search for items like paper, pens, erasers, paper clips, highlighters, staplers, etc.
Having shelves or drawers will help, but you can use large baskets or stackable bins as well.
So, is this the final step?
No really. There is no final step.
Learning is a life-long activity in my opinion, so the steps continue on for any new learning stage.
Whenever you want to take your learning to the next level, review the steps and practise using them.
Here is your next step:
If you aren’t already, take a course and practise the six steps above. Check out more of my blogs and videos for even more steps and motivation.
Let me know how you are doing. I am always interested to hear from learners and teachers.
Keep up the excellence.
Coaching never hurts either.
If you decide to go this route, contact me for a free information meeting.