How to be organized for Academic Success

In order to become a top student, it’s important to realize that only a part of the knowledge you need is acquired inside the classroom, the rest is obtained outside of it.

Actually, it is often said that a student spends about 2 to 3 hours studying outside of class for every hour spent in a classroom.

Because of this, the environment of the studying space is key to academic success. It affects each student’s mood, level of concentration and capacity to learn.

According to “Mental Capital and Wellbeing” (Cooper, Field & others), “…The physical environment (layout, room temperature, external and internal noise, and so on) can impact on general learning, directly or indirectly as well as on those with specific learning difficulties”.

Cleanliness is the main factor that can improve the physical environment in a studying space. Cleanliness evokes order, organization and more room to move and perform activities.

The actual act of cleaning gives you more energy, and at the end, you get a feeling of productiveness and accomplishment.

Organization helps you to notice what the available resources are and where they are. This can be really helpful because it will reduce the time to search for certain objects in the future. It also permits to define the limits between the different classes and the materials used for each one of them.

Good, sufficient lightning and space are vital to perform the studying activities. It’s not the same to study in a well-lit, ventilated space that in a narrow and poorly illuminated one. This doesn’t mean that you have to have an enormous room in order to have a studying space; actually, one can have a small room and be able to study just fine, because the key is to have that space with the optimal conditions of cleanliness, organization, lightning and ventilation.

Furniture and its disposition are also important. The furniture has to be comfortable and efficient, but no so comfortable that you will fall asleep on it.

To maintain a clean studying space also helps to remove distractions that can pull you out of your readings. There are various forms of distractions:

  • Music: It depends on each person. For some, music is an aid to keep concentration and recreate the mind. For others, music can qualify as a big distraction. A good tip is to listen to familiar, well known music, in order to tune it out more easily.
  • Background noise: This can be very distracting if it’s too much, but also, an environment void of sounds can be soporific. The level of noise is very hard to control because it’s an external phenomena, so, if you seem unable to adjust to it, you should move to another location.
  • Temperature and humidity: As the sense of touch is through the biggest organ of all, the skin, temperature and humidity can affect it a lot. So, in order to be comfortable, it’s preferable to be in a space that it’s not too hot or too cold.
  • Social networks and other distractions: The web offers many of distractions, and a top student isn’t immune to them. So, in order to focus on the readings at hand, the first step is to disciple oneself to avoid them. Turning off the devices that can distract you is also a good idea.

A clean studying space is just the necessary scenery. You, as a student, become the main actor/actress and your activity (to learn) the most important part. The pursuing of an ideal physical environment will help you to be more concentrated and obtain a lot of knowledge. As the saying states, knowledge is power: power to success in the future.

References:

Cooper, Cary L.; Field, John; Goswami, Usha; Jenkins, Rachel; Sahakian, Barbara J. (ND). Mental Capital and Wellbeing. Retrieved from Academia.edu

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