Varying the place you study is a change that requires very little effort on your part, but can dramatically boost your long-term retention of material. Just as I previously recommended that you change your paper from the traditional white paper with blue lines to gray paper without lines because it boosts your retention of material without any active changes in your study habits, I recommend that you choose several different places to study and rotate them. It doesn’t take much effort to study in a different room in your house, or find a different building on campus, or frequent a few different coffee shops or bookstores instead of the same one over and over again.
The paper you use matters, so choose wisely.
You have probably never thought about what kind of paper you use, have you? After all, why should you – big companies have decided that white paper with blue lines in a spiral notebook or three-ring binder is what every student worldwide should use regardless of age, class, learning style or ability. Surely these companies must have done scientific studies to figure out what kind of paper helps students learn the best. Well, they haven’t, despite selling you billions of dollars worth of these products over the years. I know, I just blew your mind.