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17 March 2020

How to set up your online study space

*This information is relevant to Trimester 1/Semester 1, 2020*

What makes a great study space? It’s important to be in a comfortable and functional space while you’re studying online. Having an area that’s designed just for you can make it much easier to concentrate on your work. Explore our tips and see if there’s anything you can do to improve your own study space.

Be ergonomic

It’s important that your study space is a healthy space. Sitting for long period of time can have a harmful impact on your body, so make sure your space is ergonomic. Read our guide to setting up a computer workstation for more information on how to do this.

It’s also a good idea to regularly stand up from your desk. Set a timer for 30–60 minutes and when it goes off, take a short five-minute break.

Get comfortable

What’s the most comfortable spot in your home? If you already have an area where you like to spend time, it might be best to set up your study space there. Try and pick a quiet spot that has some natural light. You might like to put some effort into decorating the space with a few lamps, a pot plant or some motivational posters.

Get focused

Wherever you study, it should be a place where you’re able to concentrate on the task at hand. Choose an area where you’re not going to be disturbed by others. If you don’t have full control over the noise levels in your home, you might want to consider investing in some noise-cancelling headphones.

A great way to add some focus to your study space is to display your study plan nearby. You can put your list of study goals onto the wall, or you can print out a copy of the 2020 Trimester planner. There’s also an option to print out a weekly schedule from the study workload planner.

Be functional

Make sure you keep all your study supplies close by. Have any physical textbooks you need nearby and make sure you’re well stocked with plenty of stationery. If you’re getting low on supplies you can order all sorts of study accessories and stationery from the DUSA Bookshop.

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. Our FAQs provide the most current information and are updated regularly. If you are a current or future international student, please visit our Deakin’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

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