Time of day: Whenever possible, schedule your most challenging courses and most intense study sessions during the time of day when you are most alert. Studying between classes and appointments may not give you a sufficient amount of time; make sure you have plenty of time to sit down and focus.
Grouping: Are you a social butterfly or a lone wolf? Some students will find that they actually learn better in a group environment where they can discuss the topic and bounce ideas off of others. Other students prefer the quiet in order to better focus. Discover which type of learner you are and accommodate to suit it.
Posture and Mobility: Some people prefer to sit at a table or desk in order to concentrate and study effectively. Others are able to learn more easily while sitting comfortably on a sofa or lying on the floor. Still others need to be mobile in order to learn, and reading while walking on a treadmill might be appropriate. Recognize your ideal posture and maximize it.
Sound: Contrary to popular belief, not everyone needs to study in a perfectly quiet environment. Many students use music to fuel their homework and study sessions. Still others need a constant hum of white noise in the background. Make sure your sonic environment is consistent so that when you hear these noises, you know it is time to study.
Lighting: Be aware that light does make a difference. Some students might be turned off by fluorescents, while others might be distracted by natural light. Study in the environment that best matches your learning preferences.
Once you have your study environment set up, you will be ready to sit down and maximize your study time.
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