What should my study space look and sound like?

We suggest that you do not use your bed as your study space. Keep your bed for sleeping in!
If you are unsure, talk with your family about where is a good space in the house for you to study.
Try to keep only studying in your study space, this will help to train your mind to get into a study routine.

No distractions

Set up your study space somewhere quiet and away from distractions, e.g. TV, other family members and pets. You might want to make a large ‘Do Not Disturb—Student at Work’ sign to hang on your chair or door.

Desk or table

Try to find a desk or small table that you can use for your study.


It is important that you have good light to work in so that you don’t strain your eyes.
A desk lamp is a good idea because it helps to focus the light on your books. If you don’t have a desk lamp make sure your desk is positioned so you are not working in your own shadow.

Your body

Make sure you’re sitting upright. This will help you stay awake and mentally alert.

Drink plenty of water. This helps to keep you hydrated and mentally alert.


Make sure you’ve got all your stationery.
Try using different colours for each subject, and colour-coding sections.
You may find using different colours to highlight particular areas for study helps you to recall the information at exam time.

You will find it easy to set up your own system. Just make sure you stick to it!


Some people prefer to work in silence with no noise distractions. For others, having music playing quietly in the background really helps them to focus and concentrate.

If you are a music-playing person, choose gentle instrumental music (e.g. Mozart). Avoid music with an insistent beat – save that for party-time! – or lyrics which make you want to listen.
Remember, the purpose of the music is to help you focus and concentrate –