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brown study

A state of deep contemplation or rumination, as of a reverie, daydream, or meditation. It originally meant a melancholic or depressed mood or state (dating from at least the 1500s), but has since largely lost that association. It is usually preceded by "in a." Meredith sat at her desk in a brown study, carefully planning how to word her thesis proposal.
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The Brown study cites school attendance, students applying themselves in the classroom, and students maintaining an academic focus as predictors of engagement and thus achievement.
Gates' answer of rigor, relevance, and relationships, primarily through the creation of more small schools, may be a bit simplistic and formulaic, but it is closer to the target than the Brown study.
He had his study painted brown so that people visiting him could find him "in a brown study.