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5 Tips to Keeping Organized while Studying at Home

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Find a Quiet Area to Study

The first thing to do before you study is to find a place that is quiet, organized, neat and clean. Some find that a home desk works well, while others prefer studying at a library, in their bedroom or near the kitchen. Whatever space you choose, make sure that it’s quiet and that you have plenty of room for your books, pens and pencils, paper or a computer. Most importantly, wherever you study, make sure that is all you do—study! Don’t make phone calls or talk with someone in another room. Just study!

Have Everything You Need in One Area

Next, when you sit down to study, make sure that you have everything you need. Keep everything close to you. If you don’t have a desk, then keep your books and other items in a box and always keep it nearby. Then, to make your studies go well, organization will keep things flowing well. Use what works for you to keep things organized such as a desktop, PDA or planner. In your organized container, write down what you need to do and prioritize what is most important. Write down due dates for projects for each day, according to subjects and what the projects are and what needs to be done to complete them. As you get them done, mark them off.

What Style of Studying?

Then, think for a moment on your learning style. Do you do best by reading or by listening to tapes or lectures? Or maybe you do better by taking notes and then rereading them. When reading, read certain phrases out loud and then also think about taping lectures. Highlighting with a marker, certain phrases or pieces of information that you think are important and might be needed later, has helped many in the last couple of decades. Yellow or orange markers work best for many.

Organize and keep out Distractions!

Many have found a desk organizer or a notebook works best to keep schedules of homework that is due, what is coming up that needs attention, or being in a certain cozy location—such as a nice desk—ways to keep their studying interesting and focused. Also, keep distractions—be it people, music, conversations or other interruptions—away from your studying.

Take Breaks!

In addition, when you’re studying, be sure to take 10-15 minute breaks after an hour’s worth of studying. Too much studying without a break will break down your memory and attention span. As you study, highlight the important topics of your study or make notes along side of the material. You can also, if you like, make your own note in a journal on what you found helpful and interesting in the textbook. Whatever method you use, use the one you feel most comfortable with. Then, later on, review your notes, especially if a test is coming up soon. To help you memorize certain key facts, use association and metaphor techniques. Associating a person with another person or event is a great and effective way to memorize and learn.

Stay Focused, Concentrate, and Don’t Put off Studying

Keep distractions out of your studying life. Good study habits require peace so that you can concentrate on your topics and are able to memorize key important fact. As you study, ask yourself questions on why certain topics are important to remember and how you can best do that. Try not to study more than an hour and a half per book. Rest and then begin work on another textbook. By staying organized, taking breaks, making helpful notes and having a peaceful environment, you will be able to study well!


Studying from home is interesting when you re prepared. Consider those guides when you want to take lessons from home or even if you have been taking your lecture from home, try to option those points for a better homeschooling experience.

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