Studying alone can be a real challenge, but it’s something most of us at some point in our lives will need to learn how to do well. In this blog, I outline 5 key tips on how to study alone effectively, so that you can get the most out of your independent study sessions.
1. Prepare your environment
Create the perfect study space so that you can focus on the work at hand and not be distracted by the things around you. Make sure you have a study desk and comfortable chair, as well as everything you need to execute the perfect study sesh such as books, pens, pencils, highlighters and so on.
2. Minimize distractions
It’s important to study at a time when you can focus on your work without distractions. If you live in a busy household, let others know that you need to focus on your work at a particular time so they won’t disturb you. Try handing up a do not disturb sign or a study schedule on your door. If you really can’t focus at home, try attending an afterschool homework club at school if there’s one available or meet with a friend for a group study session.
3. Have some snacks handy
You’ll likely get hungry during a study session and will need to ensure you’re staying hydrated. Make sure you have some snacks and drinks at hand to keep your energy levels up. Adding some snacks can also help you to look forward to your personal study session time and can help your brain view this time as a treat.
4. Put on some background music
If you’re studying alone, you might appreciate having music on in the background to help you focus. Try to find tunes that are not distracting such as Lo-Fi music or classical background music. If you have ADHD, search for ADHD music or Brown Noise, as these may be better for you.
5. Turn off notifications
Give your phone to a parent or turn off notifications so that you won’t be distracted by emails or social media while you’re studying. It’s important to be disciplined with your time. Remember that the only person who will be affected by you not studying is YOU, so stick to your goals and rid your environment of all possible distractions until you need to.