Your success in higher education and the job world depends on your ability to learn quickly and efficiently. Studying is the most important skill that you can learn, because how you study influences directly how much you can learn.

When it comes to studying, location matters. When you choose a place to study, make sure that it is comfortable, quiet, and not too distracting. A bit of background noise and activity is fine, but too much distraction will prevent you from focusing on what you need to learn. Libraries, bookstores, a quiet coffee shop, or a park are all great places to study.

Mix it up or keep it consistent?

If you’re studying for a test, try to rotate your study spot. Research suggests that studying the same things in a different place each day forces the brain to make new connections with the same material, therefore strengthening your memory.

That said, to improve your concentration and increase your productivity, you might find it useful to choose a study spot and stick with it. Studying in the same place at the same time every day will help you to develop a study habit, making it easier to commit to studying each day.

Beat the distractions

Cut out the cyberspace distractions and download an app to block certain internet sites, such as the SelfControl app, and see how much easier it is to apply yourself without the distraction of Facebook.

Some people find it useful to prepare study snacks in advance; this means the thought of food won’t distract you your tummy starts to grumble.

Productivity Apps

Don’t just study harder, study smarter! Check out our guide to the best apps available to increase your productivity.

Study Sounds & Scents

If you can’t find a suitable environment to study in, then invest in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. You can put the headphones on, play some upbeat instrumental music, tune out your surroundings, and focus on the material you are learning. Instrumental music is best to listen to when you are studying, as you won’t get distracted by the lyrics, studies have also shown that listening to classical music can help reduce tension and anxiety.

If you have difficulty concentrating or need to de-stress then invest in some essential oils and an oil burner. The scent of rosemary oil is said to improve concentration and mental activity, while lavender oil can help calm your nerves and reduce stress.

Find Your Groove

Do you study best at night or early in the morning? Does a study buddy stimulate concentration or lead to distractions? Do you find it easier to study in your own space, or in a neutral space, such as the library? Experiment with different study methods and find what works best for you.


For more study tips read: Study Hacks for the Exam Period