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Creating an Effective Study Space

  Posted on: January 25, 2018

Creating an Effective Study Space

By Natalie Stewart

Each student has a unique study environment that they can learn best in. To create an effective study space, you need to find a place that matches your learning style.

First, determine if you are an introvert or extrovert. An introvert is mentally energized by low-stimulus environments, while an extrovert is mentally energized by high-stimulus environments. Some people are ambiverts, and switch back and forth over time!

  • Introverts prefer study spaces that are
    • Quiet
    • Unchanging
    • Familiar
    • Organized
  • Extrovert study spaces will have
    • Background noise
    • Clutter
    • Human Activity

Next, determine your learning style:

  • Aural learners should have a computer to access music or videos related to the topic, and have a pair of headphones.
  • Visual learners may need a place to plug in a computer, colourful study materials, and a desk for writing, drawing, or reading.
  • Verbal learners should find a space where they can read aloud and ‘talk through’ ideas without disturbing others.
  • Logical learners may want to have a notebook, drawing materials, and access to a computer.
  • Social learners should find a study group or study buddy, and meet in a place where they can engage in discussion and brainstorming.
  • Solitary learners should work in places where they can be uninterrupted, e.g., a library or study room. Solitary learners may benefit from turning off their phone or laptop.

Use this information to decide what kind of space and tools you will need to study effectively. Remember, your learning style may change over time, and you may use different styles for different courses.

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