Finding the Perfect Study Space at Home
April 25, 2022
Even before the onset of the pandemic, approximately 21% of public schools and 13% of private schools teach at least one online course. Online learning saves time and expense for many, especially those who live in remote rural areas or who work part-time while they are studying.
By 2019, some 57% of students in the US were equipped with e-learning tools. In 2021, meanwhile, the use of remote management apps for study purposes increased by 87%. Remote studying comes with its own hardships, one being the perfect setting. Without the openness of an office or university campus, learners must make crucial decisions about their surroundings that best complement their mode of learning.
Natural Light is Key
If you have more than one place you would consider setting up your study space, choose the one with the most natural light. Studies have shown that natural light can boost productivity, mood, Vitamin D levels, and eye health. If you have a garden and a covered space, you can set up your office outdoors, so long as you have outlet boxes outdoors for charging your phone or computer.
If you don’t have a permanent pergola, you can protect yourself against the sun and light rain with a simple shade sail. Your chosen spot should also be as far as possible from commonly transited areas in your home, so you have the peace and quiet you need to concentrate on study tasks.
Choosing a Small but Effective Study Space
Take a good look at your home’s layout to find a compact but comfortable workspace. Just a few spots you may not have considered include a closet in a room with natural light, the area under the stairs, and your living room. Your living room can be made more private through the use of dividers such as shelves, temporary partitions, or living ‘green walls’. If you don’t have enough space for a freestanding desk, you can use a floating desk that is either placed against the wall or built-in.
If you opt for a floating desk, leave at least 30 inches between your desk and the wall, so you have enough space for your knees. Install shelves so all your equipment is well organized and easily accessible.
Make Your Study Space Appealing
As a student, you can spend various hours a day at your desk, studying for exams and conducting research for assignments and other projects. Invest a little time and money in making your space appealing, so it feels cozy and looks attractive. Consider giving your space a fresh lick of paint, install a small sofa or comfy chair by the window and embellish it with a couple of brightly hued cushions, and bring in a few natural plants.
A study from Exeter University on the effects of indoor plants in work offices found that the correlation of plants in the office improved people’s concentration, productivity and wellbeing by 47%. During exam time, you can also battle nerves with an essential oil diffuser, opting for calming essential oils like lavender, or energizing oils like orange or bergamot, depending on your mood.
Online studying is here to stay. If you are new to e-learning, it is important to design a cozy, functional study space. Key strategies include prioritizing natural light, finding the perfect small study space, and adding appealing touches that will make the space feel like it is truly ‘yours’.
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