- Part of your preparation at the beginning of the semester involves
setting up a study place and a study schedule.
- Starting with one special place for study is the most effective
first step for most people. However, if you are a person who seeks
change and variety as a way of life, you will probably want to set
up several different study areas and rotate the use of them on a
- Trying to study in many different places usually increases
the difficulties of trying to study efficiently because of the
tendency to be distracted and, as well, not having all the tools
of your profession handy.
- Trying to study in many different places increases the
difficulties of concentration on the subject matter. Time can
be lost in "settling in."
- By studying in the same place, you become conditioned or
habituated to study at a certain time and a certain place.
- Keep all distractions away from your desk, but have all the study
- Slight amounts of muscular tension generally lead to increased
efficiency and accuracy in mental work. Studies have shown that studying
in a lounge chair, the floor, or in bed increases the time necessary to
complete a task.