How to Level Up Your Studying Game in Winter

When the days are short, the nights are long and the weather is inconsistent, it can be more difficult to make progress with your education. If you want to make 2018 the year you become a licensed contractor, you can use these tips to increase your studying success, no matter what the temperature is like outside.

Keep a Comfortable Temperature for Studying

In many cases, the invisible aspects of your studying environment can help or hurt your ability to learn the most. For example, the temperature of the room could serve as a major distraction when it doesn’t need to. If you prefer to study in a private room with the door closed, make sure that the space does not become uncomfortably stuffy or cold after a few hours. Add effects that will improve your comfort despite these limitations. You might enjoy studying in your pajamas after a hard day’s work, but bare feet on a cold hardwood floor can banish your focus. Something as simple as a pair of slippers or a sweater might make all the difference.

Increase Lighting in the Dark Hours

Centuries ago, people often had to quit whatever they were doing when it got dark because reading by candlelight is awfully hard on the eyes. In 2018, you have plenty of options available for lighting, and you should use as much as you need. Lighting experts often recommend using a variety of lighting sources with different colors of lighting. Bright white lighting helps to wake you up on those dark winter mornings. Soft yellow lighting can help you to keep going in the late evening, without making you so alert you are up all night. Consider task lighting that you can flip on and off quickly, to gain that extra illumination to see small items or print up close.

Improve Your Health

Winter lighting and weather are linked with all kinds of health problems you might not even realize are affecting you and your ability to retain important information. Even people who live in the relatively moderate temperatures of Southern California could have decreased Vitamin D levels, which is typically gained by exposure to the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness, cognitive impairment and a general sense of sadness or disappointment. Even if it’s cold outside, take time to go out and get some form of exercise every day. This will help to wake up your body when the minimal daylight sends sleepy signals, and can banish winter sluggishness.

Prioritize Tasks

A good study routine demands a schedule that you can follow. You might have to alter your expectations in winter, to accommodate the difference in weather and daylight hours. Create a prioritized list of the things you need to do each day, and figure out when you are most likely to be productive in achieving them. What works for one person might not work for another. You should feel free to try something differently, if one approach doesn’t pan out for you. Plan the most vital tasks at a time when you are most alert, so that you can give them the most energy you possibly can. Take breaks when you get tired, and you might notice a resurgence of focus when you come back to the books.

Change Up Your Environment

As the common saying goes, a change is often as good as a rest. When you feel like your eyeballs are about to roll out of your head and you can’t read another word, consider dramatically shifting your studying environment. Pick a different room, head to the library or go down to the local coffee shop. As a CSLS student, you gain full access to all of our 25 locations in California. Visit us and see how adding our professional resources could help you exceed your educational objectives.

Studying for your exams in winter might be totally unique compared to studying in spring or summer, simply due to the decreased temperatures and hours of daylight. To ensure that you can meet your goals in any season, you should take these factors into consideration and turn them to your advantage. For more information about becoming a contractor, contact us at CSLS today!