Tips for Online Graduate Students: How to Design the Perfect Study Space

It seems as though the days are long gone when a student could go all the way through school from kindergarten to graduate degrees without entering the workforce at some point in their young adult lives. In fact, most serious students take on entry-level positions for more than just sheer economics. Yes, the cost of an upper-level education is more than the average person can pay out of pocket, but that isn’t the only reason to pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in their chosen field.

To put it bluntly, the competition is stiff out there so if you want to rise to the top of your chosen profession, you really need that advanced degree. With all that in mind, how can you make it happen and still maintain a semblance of sanity? Let’s start by setting up that home study space to get you through the next few years.

Solitude May Be Key to Success

While no one is asking you to become a hermit, the key to success in an online graduate degree just might be finding study space apart from the hectic activities going on around you. It may have been acceptable to study for that bachelor of science in business in the den or the living room, but once you begin working towards a masters in business analytics (MSBA), it’s a whole other ballgame.

When you are working in-depth, you will need solitude so that you can literally hear yourself think, as the saying goes. So then, the first step is finding a room far enough away from the chaos to actually get some studying done in!

Give Careful Attention to Technology

How you set up your study space is also of prime importance for two very good reasons. The first is that you will be using a computer and the Internet to ‘attend’ classes in an elite MSBA like this one. Take ample time to ensure that wires are run along baseboards and tied sufficiently so that you don’t inadvertently trip over one, causing injury to yourself or damaging that sensitive computer you will be working on.

Secondly, you need to understand such things as grounding and interference when it comes to running wires and positioning equipment. There is a huge demand for business administration professionals with a focus on data analytics so understandably, much of what you do will be learning code and gathering data online. That equipment is vital to your success, so it is imperative that you set up your study space with safety in mind.

A Final Thought on Comfort – Or Not!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when setting up a home study space is to make it too comfortable. There is something to be said for the psychology of interior design and if you stop to think about it, furniture and décor which is too relaxing may not be conducive to study!

Yes, you need an ergonomic chair to protect your back when spending long hours at the keyboard, but you don’t need a plush chair to relax in with your ‘thinking cap’ on. There’s a time for work and a time for play, but this is not the place to chill! Keep it professional and you’ll do well.

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