Top tips for studying

Posted September 7th, 2011 by Kirrian Steer and filed in Uncategorized

Many high school students are currently preparing for their final exams.

VCE and HSC exams are a very stressful time however it is still very important to think about looking after your body. Sitting at a computer or desk for a long period of time can lead to back and neck pain, eye strain, headaches and general muscle tension. To ensure your study environment is effective here a few tips to ensure you make the most out of your studying:


  • Study at a desk and chair that is comfortable and supports your lower back. Studying in bed or at the kitchen table can lead to neck and back strain from sitting in awkward positions.
  • Your head should be in an upright position when viewing documents on the computer, avoid slouching. This is very important when using a laptop, if you’re finding that you are slouching over your laptop, a laptop stand can be of benefit.
  • Your source documents should be on a stand placed between the monitor and keyboard to prevent you from slouching.


  • Use a chair that is comfortable and supportive of your back.
  • When sitting in a chair ensure that both your feet are positioned flat on the floor and your hips are as far back in the chair as possible, your back should be touching the chair back. This will reduce the strain on your lower back and shoulders.

Take regular breaks:

  • Stretching and walking around the room is important to prevent muscle and joint soreness and fatigue.
  • Maintaining regular exercise and getting enough sleep can help reduce stress and help you study more effectively.
  • Eating well and drinking water is also important in ensuring you are studying successfully.

Your osteopath can advise you on effective stretches and relaxation techniques, as well as provide further advice on study
ergonomics to help with studying for your exams.