Heaps of papers with frantically scribbled notes covering the entire study desk, heavy course books scattered everywhere on the bedroom floor, dirty dishes and half-eaten bowls of ramen noodles piling up in the kitchen sink; this is a typical college dorm room scenario during exam season but luckily like all bad things, this mid-term exam week is over in most colleges. The winter has almost come to an end making way for the fresh, vibrant colors of the spring – but before you even think about enjoying the warmth of the new season, it’s time to un-clutter your dorm room and sort out the mayhem that came with non-stop studying for the exams; and what better place to start than your personal study space?
Dorm rooms are usually small to start with, which means that every centimeter of space counts. If you, like most other college students, have a plethora of books, essential notebooks and documents in your room, it’s best to invest in a file cabinet or an organizer to make your life much easier and your tiny dorm room more spacious. The file cabinet will not only save space in your room but also make books and documents more accessible, depending on the method that you use to organize them.
It’s quite uncommon for students to organize their study space until they are in their 2nd or 3rd year in college and when dealing with huge piles of documents from the previous semesters, it’s tempting to discard most of the papers in a haste thinking that you may not need them again. We suggest that you take your time rummaging through all the papers and see which documents need to be discarded and which ones could be kept for future use. Pay special attention to all of your recent mid-term notes and assignments from AP and foreign language classes which could come in handy for the end-of-the-semester exams.
Now with the unnecessary books and papers out of the way, tucked away neatly in an organized shelf, your newly uncluttered study desk can be used for all sorts of accessories such as sticky notes, highlighters, lamp and anything else that may aid your learning process. Make sure to pay attention to your personal needs and preferences when it comes to organizing your desk; if you like reading in a comfy chain and bright light, it’s time to invest in a better chair and lamp in order to increase your efficiency and productivity. Your study space should be a reflection of your personal comfort but don’t get too comfy in that desk chair of yours– you snooze, you lose!