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5 Questions To Ask Before You Start Studying 

October 4, 2017

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to do work and nothing happening. You can change that by answering these questions!  


Studying takes up quite a bit of time for students. Make sure you know these answers before you dive into your homework.

1.     Where am I going to study?

There are so many places that you can head to in order to get schoolwork done. You could stay in your dorm room at your desk or find an empty classroom on campus. A classroom in particular is already used for academics so going there to study might get your brain in study mode. Also try out the library on campus or in your community. There’s plenty of resources and a quiet atmosphere to help you focus. Lots of students love to sit in a coffee shop as well.


2.     What kind of environment do I need to focus well?

Are you the kind of person that needs absolute silence to work? Bring some noise-canceling headphones if that’s the case. Do you work better around other people? Arrange a study group or head to the student union center. Does music or some kind of background noise help you? Put an instrumental Pandora station on so you’re not tempted to sing along or play a TV show you’ve seen literally a million times. There are also some really cool websites that play white noise sounds. This site called Noisli is one a friend recommended to me because it is all nature sounds, like thunderstorms or wind blowing or a crackling fire. The background of the website also has really calming colors that fade in and out in a pretty way.


3.     Do I need some kind of caffeine?

If coffee or an energy drink will get you going, try drinking it a half hour to an hour before you begin studying, so it has time to kick in. If you’re a snack person, try having popcorn or nuts on hand to satisfy your craving. Try to avoid sticky foods or things that can spill all over your work or laptop. Setting a specific amount of time to take a break for lunch or dinner can also be a structured way to pause your studies for a while.

4.     What supplies do I need for this study session?

 It’s ideal for you to gather all of your study materials before you dive in so that you’re not getting up every five minutes to find something that you need. Have all of your textbooks within reaching distance; locate pens, notebooks, your laptop (and charging cord), and anything else that helps you finish your work. Try to put your phone on silent and put it out of sight. If you need internet access, make sure your connection is good. Head to the lab if you’ll need materials there while you work on a project.


5.     Do I have the best attitude to study right now?

It’s hard to study when you’re overly sleepy or hungry or cranky or not feeling well or focused on anything besides your studies. Make sure that you are prepared to commit to your work that needs done when you sit down to do it. If your mind is constantly somewhere else, your time will not be productive and your work will not be as effective as it could be.


These few questions could make the difference between a really useful study session and one that is full of distractions and getting nothing done.


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