Setting Up Your Study Space for Online Learning

By Inland Empire Success | June 18, 2024

Online learning—flexible and awesome, right? But wait, all that freedom can sometimes lead to . . . distraction. For all online learning’s strengths, there’s no question it can be easy for students to get sidetracked and lose their way. 

The good news? The solution is simple, and IE Success is here to provide the resources and support you need. 

One of the most important tips for success in online learning is to set up a dedicated study space. It might sound too easy, but having a special place to study can make a big difference in staying focused and motivated.  

Let’s dive into how you can create the perfect study space, even if you don’t have a lot of room to spare. 

Finding the Perfect Study Space 

Not everyone has a spare room, but that’s okay! Look for a quiet corner, a desk in your room, or even the kitchen table. The goal is to find a spot where you can go on a regular basis and concentrate without constant interruptions. 

Think about lighting. Natural light is great for keeping you alert and energized, but if that’s not possible, a good desk lamp works too. Having a well-lit study area, you can avoid eye strain as much as possible. 

Consider comfort. Sitting for long periods can be tough, so make sure your chair provides excellent back support. A supportive chair is key to avoiding backaches. Avoid any discomfort that will encourage you to avoid your schoolwork. If you don’t have an ergonomic chair, you can use pillows to make it more comfortable. 

Looking down at a screen for a long time can be bad for your neck and back. Save yourself the headache by trying to raise your screen so you can keep your head at a natural height. If you’re using a laptop, an external keyboard and mouse can help here.

Don’t forget you can repurpose what you already have! An old dresser can become a desk, and a comfy beanbag can be your reading nook. Be creative and use what’s available to make a functional study space. 

Distractions: The Bane of Online Education 

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to noise. Some people need complete silence, while others work better with background noise. Find out what kind of noise helps you focus. Noise-cancelling headphones can be a terrific investment if you’re easily distracted. If you need a bit of noise to focus, consider quiet background music. 

Put those phones on silent! Let family and friends know you’re in “study mode.” If you need to, put your phone away or use an app blocker to avoid social media temptations. It’s important to minimize interruptions so you can stay on task. 

Keep work and play separate. Turn off the TV, and close unnecessary browser tabs. Your favorite shows or random internet browsing can easily distract you. You will focus better if you keep your study space free from these distractions. Instead, make your TV or phone time a reward for finishing your schoolwork for the day. 

Supplies to Succeed in Online Learning 

Every study space needs a few must-have supplies. Stock your study zone with pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Having all your supplies within reach means you won’t have to interrupt your study session to search for them. 

You’ll also need some tech essentials. Make sure your computer or tablet is charged and has a stable internet connection. Technical difficulties can be a major distraction, so double-check that everything works well before you start. 

Bonus Tip! Keep healthy snacks on hand for those brain-boosting breaks. Fruits, nuts, and yogurt are fantastic options to stay energized and focused. 

Make the Space Your Own 

Personalize it! Add a motivational quote, a picture of your dream school, or a nice plant to create an inspirational space. A little decorating can make your study area more inviting and pleasant to spend time in. 

Habit: Your Recipe for Online Success 

It’s not enough to have a workspace. You must use that space on a regular basis. In other words, you need a routine. You need to build a habit of going to your workspace and buckling down on your schoolwork. But how?  

Schedule your study sessions. Treat online learning like regular classes and set specific times to focus. Consistency is key to building a productive routine. Pre-study rituals can also assist. For instance, take a short walk, or listen to calming music to set your intentions. These small habits can signal to your brain that it’s time to study. 

Your Workspace, Your Online Education 

Creating a dedicated study space can greatly enhance your online learning experience. Personalize your area, minimize distractions, and make studying a habit. And remember, IE Success is here to guide you on this journey.