Sometimes, busy online students may feel like there's not enough time in the day to plow through their priority lists.

To free up more time in your busy schedule, one solution is to create an effective study space that limits distraction and temptation (hint: it doesn't look like the picture to the left!).

This is especially relevant for online students because of the ability to complete assignments where you choose. Here are four tips to consider:

1. Pick a quiet place.

Designating a quiet place to complete assignments maximizes efficiency and limits interruptions. It could be the office/study or another quiet spot at your home. Noise is disrupting and interruptions lead to late nights hitting the books.

For ideas on the seven best places online students can study, check out this previous GU blog post.

2. Take distractions out of the equation.

Distractions limit productivity. For example, it's probably not the best academic practice to write a research paper near the TV with the volume turned up, or in the kids' play area. Avoiding potential distractions will help prevent you from not completing assignments in a timely fashion.

3. Let family members know.

The most effective study space is one where your family members are aware of its existence. Sit down and have a conversation with your family members about how much their support means to you. Keeping an up-to-date study space creates an expectation that your family can, with time, come to respect and admire. The earlier that conversation takes place, the better. Your loved ones will be more likely to respect your work space, and they won't create distractions.

4. Get organized.

Becoming organized can save a significant amount of time on assignments. Create folders on your computer for each class instead of lumping all assignments into the same folder (or leaving them scattered on the desktop). The more organized you keep your work, the more time you'll save in the process of completing them.

What other tips would you suggest to creating an effective study space? Let us know in the comments section below.

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