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If you’ve got exams coming up, creating the right study space is essential. Ideally, you need to be away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your home so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Here are thinkmoney’s top tips:

1. A good desk and chair are pretty much essential – and no, we don’t mean expensive! The chair needs to be comfortable and the desk needs to have room for your laptop, books, notepads and other essentials. If you don’t have a desk already, why not see if it’s possible to pick one up cheaply from a charity furniture shop? Or maybe that table you’ve got sitting in your dining room could just be repurposed? As long as it’s at the correct height, it’ll work just as well.

Rather than buying a new chair, why not borrow a chair from your kitchen and just add a cushion? If you do want to splash out, try to opt for a chair with an adjustable back rest. This black fabric-backed chair from Argos is £18.99, while this white plastic chair is £14.90 from IKEA. If you opt for the IKEA chair, you’ll definitely need to add a cushion to make it more comfortable!

2. Decluttering is key! – clutter is really distracting so, even if you don’t have a whole room at your disposable, make sure your little corner is a haven. Hide what you can away in drawers or storage boxes – it will make studying so much easier.

If you can, have one drawer per subject so you can just get out what you need for that particular study session. If you’re ‘old skool’ and you still use pens, paper and highlighters, you’ll need somewhere to store them so that they are not on display all the time.

This grey storage unit from Wilko is £12 and this blue desktop organiser is £13.18 from Tesco.

3. Think about lighting! – you’ll need to position the desk close to a window, so you can let as much natural light in as possible. And you’ll need a decent desk light for when you’re studying at night too.

This red lamp from Wilko is only £4, and if red’s not your colour, there are plenty of other colours to choose from.

If you face the window, you may find yourself being distracted by what’s going on outside, so this might be something you want to bear in mind.

4. Inspire yourself – if you’re going to spend hours at your desk studying, you’ll need something to keep you going. Why not have a snack drawer, so you can reward yourself for hitting certain targets? Or put up some inspirational quotes on a cork board? You could post up your revision schedule and any important gems of wisdom you need to remember. You might want to add information about when and where your exams are taking place, after all, you don’t want to accidentally miss one because you’re so devoted to your revision!

Above all, we wish you all the luck in the world with your exams. We’d love it if you’d let us know how you get on! Why not contact us on Facebook or Twitter?

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