Tips for studying from home in a busy housePosted on 12/02/2020 by Jess O'Connor
When most people think of studying from home, they imagine studying in a peaceful, quiet house. Perhaps with some calm music on in the background or a cat curled up at their feet.
However, this isn’t always the case!
Many people study from home in a busy house, surrounded by family, flatmates, or friends.
If you share a house with others and find peace and quiet hard to come by, this blog is for you. Here are some tips to stay focused in a shared environment.
1. Carve out a space of your own
See if there is anywhere you can claim in the house as your own study space. This could be your bedroom, the kitchen table, a corner of the lounge.
Ideally, you’ll want somewhere that fits a desk and is away from the noise and chaos of the rest of the house.
2. Communicate with everyone in the house
Let everyone in the house know how important your studies are to you and ask for their support.
Share your study schedule so everyone knows when you have big assignments due or when you really need some peace and quiet to focus.
3. Consider noise-cancelling headphones
Young kids or loud housemates might do their best to be quiet, but ultimately struggle to give you the peaceful environment you need.
Noise-cancelling headphones can help to combat this problem. Just put on some relaxing study music and escape to your own little world.
4. Socialise during your breaks
Let your housemates know that you’re available for chit-chat during your breaks.
Try to save the social time for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Gently tell them that for the rest of the time, you need to concentrate.
5. Decide who does what chores
Decide upfront who is in charge of what chores – and when – so you’re not stressing about unloading the dishwasher when you’re meant to be studying.
If possible, create a chore schedule so that everyone knows when they are responsible for cleaning, cooking and other household tasks.
6. Remember, it’s not forever
Studying in a busy house might not seem like your idea of perfection, but it’s a temporary challenge for long-term success.
Find little ways of coping with the mayhem and you’ll be one step closer to your dream: a qualification in the airline, travel and tourism industry.
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