Published: Jan. 7, 2021

person writingWith classes starting remotely, it’s important to have one or multiple (if possible) places where you can study and stay focused. Here are some tips to consider to create the perfect study spot no matter where you are. 

Designate a study area or space

Whether it’s in your room, the balcony or the kitchen countertop, designating a “study” area can help you stay focused in remote learning. If your class includes participation, try to find a location where you are able to talk in class, without disturbing others.

Check your internet connection

Having a reliable internet connection can help minimize the stress of attending class virtually. Additionally, be sure you have the correct link for each of your courses to avoid missing class or signing in late.

Have good lighting

Make sure that your learning area has plenty of light. If you are able to, set up your desk or table near a window that allows for natural light to filter in during your studying time.

Be comfortable

You want to enjoy the place where you study, so it’s okay to be comfortable - just not too comfortable. Change out of your pajamas before you start class to give your mind the signal that it isn’t lounge time. If you are using a desk chair, make sure it offers good back support. 

Minimize distractions

Consider taking games and apps off your laptop so you won’t be distracted by them. Set time limits or block social media and “black hole” websites during your school time with browser extensions like SelfControl or Forest. Keep your phone turned off, in your backpack or in another room to avoid distraction during class.

Find your sound

What do you like to listen to when you study? Listening to music can help you concentrate. Whether it’s a calming playlist or your favorite lyrical jams, find what works for you. We recommend “Calm vibes” on Spotify or “Relaxing jazz for work and study” and “Mozart classical music for studying, concentration, relaxation” on YouTube.

Communicate with roommates

If you live with roommates or are staying home with family, have an open discussion of the dates and times you have virtual classes and figure out a schedule to not be in each other’s way during those times. Communicating with others will create understanding and you’ll have an easier time focusing on the information you’re learning. 

No matter where you are, having the right study spot can help you stay focused and succeed. For more tips and resources for studying and making the most of CU, visit the Student Affairs website and be sure to follow us on social media @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!