Great article from our friends at CAPREIT that we wanted to share with our readers. Written by Trish MacPherson on 04/11/2014 in Apartment Living.
Studying in your apartment can often be challenging, but there are a few elements that should be in place to maximize your comfort and your ability to focus. No matter where you are, you should be free from too much visual or auditory distraction. Just how free you need to be from these distractions will probably depend on your personal habits. If you find you tend to get distracted by movement in your peripheral vision, for example, it's probably not a great idea for you to try to study with the T.V. on our a rowdy roommate.
Step 1: Fill in The Gaps
Let's say you have room in your apartment to try to set up a study space. Invest in some good work furniture like a table, desk, chair, bookshelf - anything that you'd use in the course of doing your schoolwork. Sometimes, you have to put a little effort into making your apartment more hospitable for studying, but you’ll be happy you did once it’s all set up.
Step 2: Block Out Distraction
Earplugs, white noise machines or headphones connected to an ambient or orchestral music Pandora station are all great solutions if you're easily distracted by noise and have roommates or other distractions in your apartment. If you get easily distracted by noise, just block it out. A pair of earplugs will probably run you less than a dollar and can make a huge difference in your ability to focus.
Step 3: Don't Get Too Comfy!
Sometimes, it can be tempting to curl up in a cozy chair or even in bed with your reading assignments. This isn't always a great idea. For some students, 'studying' becomes code for 'dozing off in that squashy chair by the fireplace in the student union.' Avoid this trap by understanding that comfort isn't the most important thing when you're studying. You shouldn't be so uncomfortable that it's distracting, but there's a middle ground between sitting on a rickety two-legged stool and sinking in to a cushy, feather-tufted armchair.