Set Up a Conducive Study Space
A quiet coffee shop
A study hall
A student lounge
An empty classroom
A bedroom is not a good place, since you’ll be near a phone, a bed, a TV and other distractions. After 30 minutes, you’ll start reasoning with yourself that a tube break is essential for your sanity.
Make sure you have all the materials with you that you might need; you don’t want to waste time looking for your lucky pen (or hunting someone down to borrow one that’s inferior). It’s also best to have a table or large desk where you can spread your stuff so it will all be within easy reach.
Here’s a quick inventory you can take to determine if you’ve found the right study environment for you.
Make sure you’re comfortable
Whatever area you choose, make sure it’s relatively pleasant and comfortable. Some people need silence to study, while others can’t study without some background music. (Researchers have found that listening to music can improve mental focus, though not necessarily while you’re studying.) It’s probably best to avoid high-energy music like hip-hop or hardcore rock, though–if you find yourself singing along to the music or even tapping your foot, chances are, your attention is lagging. The mellower, the better.