It is a simple fact that when the cold weather and darker days arrive, we have much less motivation to get work done. This can cause a problem for many university students, who have end of year exams to study for, in cooler conditions. Here in Melbourne uni students have to deal with average temperatures of 10-15 degrees, which has a big impact on energy levels and the general motivation to get up and start studying.
To help you ward off the winter blues and focus on your uni studies, here are some things which you can do.
Invest in a Space Heater
When it comes to most student accommodation Melbourne dorm rooms can get cold, owing to the older style of building in which so many are situated. Naturally if you have maintenance issues such as leaking windows you should take this up with the university first. To give the room some heat whilst you study, you can invest in a space heater. These portable heaters are low cost and will help to warm up your room in no time at all. If you are worried about the outlay, speak with a fellow student and split the cost, sharing the heater when each of you need it.
Using Coffee Shops
Sometimes you need to go out of your student accommodation and change the scenery in order to keep your concentration, and coffee shops are a great option. There are a number of chain coffee stores which really don’t mind if you stay for a couple of hours having only bought a single drink, meaning you can keep costs down too. These locations are always warm, and you will be able to study without any worries about being cold or feeling trapped within 4 walls.
Focus on Well-Lit Areas
One of the main issues with motivation during the winter time is not so much the cooler temperatures, but the lack of sunshine. This is why you need to ensure that you are studying in well-lit areas, in order to keep your mind active and focused. Make sure that you take advantage of the sunshine when it is out, and study in bright rooms once the sunshine has gone.
Daily exercise is one of the best ways in which a uni student can remain motivated, no matter what the weather is doing. Not only will exercise warm you up, it also increases blood circulation and gets the heart pumping. Both of these are beneficial in staying motivated, increasing concentration and helping to regulate the body’s temperature. There are many indoor activities that you’re able to do, so that you don’t have to expose yourself to the colder temperature outside during the winter months. With just 30 minutes of exercise each and every day you will find that you are far more motivated to hit the books.
These are just a couple of very simple tips which you can follow that will ensure that you are every bit as motivated to study during winter time as you are during the warm summer months.