Whether you’re a student living with your folks, in your own apartment, or in a dorm, you definitely need a place to study. And the one spot where you’re likely to have more privacy and better chances at studying is in your own room. The problem is, your room may not be suited for a student like you. If you’ve been having difficulties studying or reading, chances are, your room may be a factor. It’s therefore important that you make it more conducive for learning. But how do you do it?
Fortunately, there are many interior design tips on how you can transform your own room into a study haven. Here are a few simple tricks:
Set a comfy atmosphere. Remember the time when you sat in one of your professor’s lectures but you just can’t concentrate because the room was too cold? Or that time when gym class was held out in the field and you just can’t focus on what your gym teacher was saying because it was too hot? It’s really hard to study at extreme temperatures, so find a mid-point. Your HVAC system must be functioning well and set up just right. If you’re staying in a dorm room with a roommate, adjust the temperature to something that’s okay for you both.
Clean and de-clutter. A messy room makes a messy brain. Studying is hard when the room’s too dirty and cluttered, so clean regularly. Place all the scattered dirty clothes in a hamper and fold and keep the clean ones in the closet. Arrange your books neatly in a shelf or atop of your desk. Make the bed every morning and throw away last night’s Chinese takeout. Your room is your study haven, so make sure it’s fresh and clean.
Use light or pastel colored paint for the walls. In case you didn’t know, color can alter and affect your mood. Red stimulates energy and appetite, that’s why fast food chains like to use them. Harsh or dark colors can tire you out more so don’t use them for your study room. Use light blue instead, as it is found to be calming. It helps slow down respiration, reduces blood pressure, and stimulates the mind.
Whenever possible, avoid fluorescent lights. They can cause more strain in your eyes, making reading harder for you. Use a desk light instead, but avoid those high wattage bulb types as they have the same effect as the fluorescent ones. If studying during the day, try to use the natural light by positioning yourself or your desk near the window.
Choose the right furniture. You don’t have to buy new pieces. Just get them from garage sales or thrift shops. Keep an eye out for details. Your study desk must have drawers so you have somewhere to keep your books and supplies instead of just having them lying on the desktop. Your chair must be cushioned. Its height must allow you to reach the desk comfortably, causing no strain in your neck or back.
Put one or two potted plants in your room. Plants not only help improve the oxygen level in your room, but they’re also soothing to look at. Plus, green is the most relaxing of all colors, so having green plants in your room can help ease the tension, especially when finals are coming.
It’s quite easy to make your room more conducive for study. All you need is a little bit of tweaking here and there but plenty of discipline. Cleaning and de-cluttering your room is the simplest but the most important of all. If you just regularly clean your room and arrange stuff, you won’t be having such a hard time concentrating. Do these tips for a much better study time.