The key to success in achieving and successfully completing an LLM program is understanding how you live and work and part of this is knowing what works for you when it comes to studying.
And one of the keys to successful studying is creating the perfect workspace. This will help you concentrate better and work more effectively and efficiently, and let’s face it that’s what it’s all about.
Here is a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect LLM student workspace.
Start by contemplating how you work and study. Seeing as this is your LLM year you should probably have some good ideas about what works well for you. Many students consider items such as broadband speeds, desk space and good seating, but there are some other aspects that may be worth considering. Does your study area have natural daylight? As it’s nice to work under natural light sometimes. You also need to make sure you have a good light source so you can study well in the evenings.
What furniture do you need? We've already established that a good comfortable seat is important, as is a large desk so you can spread everything out. Depending on how you are living, it is often quite helpful to be able to tidy your study materials away at the end of the day so you can relax properly during your downtime. This is not as important if you are sharing a house and you can escape to a living room away from your books when you need to, but if you are staying in a studio apartment it might help you wind down to have your books tidied away occasionally.
Search through the accommodation selection available and find out what is provided. For example, most student accommodation providers will supply a desk and a chair in the room, but you might want to look into the quality of these furnishings and what else is provided. Check to see if expenses like broadband and other bills are included. Professional private student accommodation providers like Fresh Student Living aim to create the perfect study space for students with a comfortable chair, desk space, a good light source and excellent access speeds to the internet.
Once you are clear about what you need and what will be supplied you can make up the shortfall. If you've chosen to rent a room or flat from Fresh Student Living, then you can do this online and have it all delivered on the day you move in which certainly eases the transition. Otherwise, a bit of online shopping or a quick trip to find your nearest shopping centre will be one of the first things you do.
Now you're all moved in, it's time to set up that workspace. Taking a little time to be organised will help you in a few weeks when you've got your first assignments due. Lots of LLM students find a little greenery – like a houseplant – really helps with the atmosphere of your room and study space adding to a peaceful environment. All you need to do now is use that workspace effectively and pass that LLM.
What's included in the rent?
Here's a table showing what additional bill and expenses a group of surveyed students in the UK had included in their rent.