5 Strategies for Creating a Good Study Environment

Posted June 6, 2014 | By csponline

Creating a Good Study Environment

Online courses are accessible, convenient and often very flexible with your busy schedule. However, online students can sometimes struggle with staying motivated and focused on course work during the duration of their online degree programs. Juggling work and family obligations as well as school can feel overwhelming. Because online students often take classes and complete course work at home, creating a distraction-free, quiet study area is important. Here are some tips to promote positive study habits and create the perfect study environment:

  • Make time for your online courses: Getting your degree online is a big commitment. Set yourself up for success by making time for your online studies. Create a schedule that allots a few hours every night or every few days specifically for your online course work, and stick to your schedule. Make sure that your studies are among your top priorities.
  • Minimize distractions: Distractions can sabotage your best efforts at studying. Social networking sites, family obligations and other projects around the house can take your attention away from studying. Figure out what your biggest triggers are and try to eliminate them from your study area. Log off of Facebook and Twitter, hire a sitter or go to your local library to find a distraction-free study zone.
  • Organize your study space: Clear out a corner of your home and designate it as your study zone. Clean up the clutter and organize your things to create a space that is specifically designed for your online studies. Make it comfortable and engaging. Get filing folders to organize paperwork, and even consider organizing your computer files to make it easier to locate course work and assignments. This may also speed up your computer’s response time.
  • Schedule breaks: Allow yourself a few breaks during a heavy study session. Scheduled breaks can help you recharge and re-energize during a marathon study session.
  • Keep a good attitude: Stay positive, determined and committed throughout your online degree program at Concordia University, St. Paul. A positive attitude can help you overcome challenges along the way and keep you on track toward graduation.


Where Do You Go to Learn?

Traditional students study, more often than not, in on-campus settings. For online students, however, who are juggling multiple responsibilities such as work and picking the kids up from school, a little creativity is required. Some common study locations for non-traditional learners include:

At Home
Whether it’s after another shift at work, during a snow day with your kids or on a Sunday afternoon, many online students opt to study right at home. Home is the most convenient option for many online students, but it can also be the most distracting. Find a designated spot in your house, free yourself from all disruptions and get down to business!

At Work
Your lunch break is a great time to get some extra studying in for your online courses. Many students opt to study in the boardroom rather than the living room to have a little extra time in the evenings. If you find that you don’t have that extra 30 minutes to an hour to study outside of your work obligations, try a lunch break study session.

Get both your heart and brain pumping by squeezing in some studying at the gym. Gym rats can study flash cards or even read a textbook chapter while burning calories on the elliptical or treadmill. However, don’t worry if multitasking isn’t your strong point. Online courses allow you the flexibility to study in a multitude of settings.

If you are the outdoorsy type, online courses allow you to study alfresco when it’s convenient for you. Whether you’re out on the lake studying in-between snaps of the fishing reel or on a blanket in your favorite park, you can get some extra reading done for your assignments under a sunny sky.

Coffee Shop
Get your caffeine fix while preparing for your next exam by studying at your favorite local coffee shop. Although some students find this setting distracting, others thrive in this environment. This setting is great for those students on the go who are many times traveling between workout classes, social commitments and more.

Recently, we asked our online students to post pictures of where they study on Facebook. Follow us to see just how creative CSP students can be with their study spots!

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