So, you've completed your college search and registered for your classes. The next step to succeeding in adult education is carving out a dedicated study space for yourself. Having a quiet place reserved exclusively for your studies means that your brain knows it's time to get down to business every time you enter that spot. If you live with other people, a room with a closing door that you can hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on is ideal. If you don't have a separate room available, though, don't fret. An out-of-the-way corner of your house or apartment will do the trick. Even a higher-traffic part of your home will work if you schedule your study time during a quieter part of the day or have house rules established to keep distractions at a minimum during your study time.

One of the advantages of adult education is that you're more mature now; you often have better organizational and time-management skills than you did in high school or the first time you went to college. Bring these strengths to the table when creating your personal study space! If you're setting up a desk in the corner of the den, make sure it's equipped with everything you'll need, so that you won't have to interrupt your designated study time to go look for things like pens, staplers or calculators. Make sure your chosen location has adequate lighting before you start working. Communicate with your family or housemates to let them know when you're studying and that you need to not be disturbed.

If you are unable to come up with a suitable place in your home, or if you have trouble shutting out the distractions of day-to-day life when you work at home, you might want a different study space. Libraries are the preferred option for many people. Some libraries have quiet study rooms you can reserve, but most at least have plenty of desks. Libraries also have the benefit of putting a plethora of research tools at your fingertips, including books, periodicals, computers with Internet access and so on. If you need to study outside the home but can't commit yourself to studying during the library's hours, you might find a bookstore that is open late, or a coffee shop that is open 24 hours. They may not afford you as comfortable a workspace, but they are quiet locations and many offer free wireless Internet access.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter what study space you choose, as long as it allows you to focus on your work and the space is reserved specifically for your study time. Doing yourself this favor will help you take advantage of adult education as the positive opportunity it's meant to be, rather than making it a stressor in an already-busy schedule.

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