The key word to this tip is enviornment. Not just study area, but rather all the factors around you while you study. This might include the music you listen to before and during your study session, the smells around you, lighting, and more.
Location: It's very typical to see hundreds of college and high school students with their macbook laptop at any given coffee shop around town. Or maybe you know of a local resturant that has a booth in the corner where you can sit alone and study while enjoying your favorite meal. While coffee shops and local diners are popular study hubs for many students, it's also one of the best ways to get distracted.
Understand the way you study and choose a location based on that. If you know you space off very easily, studying at a park might not be the best choice. If you feel the need to get a snack every 10 minutes, you should probably avoid the kitchen table. Where ever your study area might be, make sure you have a backup plan if things get too distracting.
Music: There seems to be a continous debate on whether or not music either helps or hurts your productivity and ability to focus. The answer is completely based on the indiviual. Some might get too distracted if they listen to songs with lyrics, while others might totally snooze out on that type of music. While there's research that shows studying with headphones actully lead to decrease of memory, that's how I personally study. So press shuffle on your playlist and see which suits you.
Lighting: Although Hollywood shows people hunced over a wooden desk studying with only one source of light and everything else dimmed, you'll strain your eyes if you try that. Who even thinks Hollywood protrays life accurately anyways, sheesh. Good, evenly-distrubuted lighting will help keep your eyes open longer. Especially if you're pulling an all nighter. So instead of turing on just your desk lamp, turn your room light on too.
Study Groups: I'm very "in-between" with study groups because I've had sucess with some and failure with others. Whether you choose to study in a group or by yourself should be determined case-by-case. Some people already know off the bat that they get too side tracked when they're in a study group while others love how you can get peer tutoring. But lets keep it real dude..
Feng Shui: Clean up your room, organize your desk, stack up your paperwork in a systematic order. If your environment is a mess, your mind will be too. Now, there are those very rare individuals who happen to actually think better in a messy room but the general public just say that as an excuse not to clean (me included, sorry mom) So when you find yourself lacking motivation, having a hard time focusing, or just really stressed out- go unclutter your enviornment to free your mind.
RIANNE DEL CARMEN
My biggest goal in life is to just live it. To enjoy every moment and find the beauty in all things. So I write to inspire others. Not to just enjoy life but to better themselves. To become a better student, a happier person, and a more loving human. With tips and stories, I hope to help you through all the rough edges.