How To Study At Home: From Procrastination To Standing Ovation

Studying doesn’t have to be reserved solely for exam season. It’s good to learn all year round - not just for school or university, but to flex your mind and creativity. Learning is fun if done right! Our Study Essentials collection contains everything you need to study at home and get those brain cogs working. To avoid any ‘all the gear, no idea’ scenarios, we’ve put together a list of top tips for successful studying at home.

1. The 15-minute rule

Motivating yourself to study at home can be tricky, so we recommend the 15- minute rule. Dedicate just 15 minutes of your time to start with and we pretty much guarantee that after they’re up, you’ll want to add another 15 and keep going.

2. Fight procrastination

We know how easy it is to procrastinate, and once you start, it’s hard to stop. Try to study in the morning after your body and mind are well rested. Plus, it will feel so good to get it out of the way and be able to enjoy the rest of your day knowing you’ve done your work. Still struggling? Just tell yourself ‘don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today’.

3. Study at home - but not in bed

We know that being at home can be a huge distraction, but it doesn’t have to be! Avoid studying on the sofa or your bed - they’re comfortable alright but it’s hard to focus if you’re falling asleep… It’s better to sit at a table or desk if you have one. Check out our range of tools to help you create the perfect desk setup at home.

3 month wall study at home wall planner
A1 revision 3-month wall planner

4. Plan ahead

Use one of our diaries, planners or organisers to make yourself a home-study plan, whether it’s for the week ahead or a whole quarter of the year. Organisation is key!

5. Timing

Remember to distribute your time well and take into account that not all topics require the same amount. Some will take longer to get a grasp of than others. Try making a plan on paper and prioritising subjects by the level of importance and attention needed.

6. Treat yo’ self

Don’t forget to take regular breaks to refresh and refocus. Reward yourself with a treat every now and then as an incentive to keep up your hard work, and remember to stay hydrated with one of our water bottles or mugs!

Colourful, multi-tab list book with a Milan capsule fluro eraser on a wooden desk
A5 Revision list book and Milan Capsule fluro eraser and sharpener

7. Take a walk

If you can’t leave the house, then take a walk around your garden or living room. It doesn’t matter where you go, just do a couple of laps. Even walking up and down the stairs for a few minutes can be a good physical break. Crack open a few windows too - fresh air does wonders for the mind!

8. Flash cards

You can’t study without these! Flash cards are an essential, especially for those who are pushed for time and need to study at home. Jot down and highlight key words with one of our colourful highlighters (but don’t go crazy - stick to main points only) and write it out, again and again, to memorise like a pro.

9. Mind maps

Try mini (or massive) mind maps, mind boards, photo boards and other visual aids. These are fun to make while studying at home and can be stuck up on your walls as pretty reminders and motivators!

Pack of six neon coloured highlighters and fineliners on a desk with a square paper notebook
Revision fineliners and highlighters – pack of 12

10. Get colourful

Brighten things up while you study at home with colourful pens, sticky notes and desk accessories. We have an unrivalled rainbow of stationery, and they’re a great investment as you can use them even after you’re done with studying.

11. Group study at home

Why not call up some friends or classmates and try group study? If you can’t leave the house, you can use a video chat to study at home together. This is particularly handy once you've done some solo studying and revising. By talking and listening to others, you’ll get a good idea of what you know and it can help you to identify areas you still need to work on, or things you hadn’t thought of.

12. Academic resources

Use any academic resources that are available to you: past exam papers, your notes from school and even quizzes for a bit of fun (these are particularly great for studying languages). To better your foreign language skills, reward yourself daily with an episode of your favourite show in the language you’re learning!

13. Invest in the right kit

Make sure you’ve got a good stock of stationery and study essentials (and remember that students get 15% off all year round at Paperchase!).

Now it’s over to you - we’d love to see how you study, so share your methods by tagging us on Instagram:  @frompaperchase

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