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Tips for College Students about Setting up a Study Area in a Small Room

written by: Mark-James McDougall•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 5/18/2010

Setting up a quality study area in a small room involves some important planning and work. By following these simple tips, you too can create your very own study area, which will boost your focus and productivity.

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    Creating a study area in a small room gives you a place where you can study in peace without fear of any distractions. The following are tips for college students on setting up a study area in a small room. By following these simple tips, you can build your own study area quickly and efficiently.

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    Choose your area wisely

    The first important step in creating a small study area is to choose your study area wisely. If possible, try and select a room with low amounts of ambient noise. Noise can be distracting while studying, so try to avoid choosing a room that may have noise emitting products in it (such as washing machines). Also try to make sure that the room is free of distractions such as televisions, radios, and video games. By eliminating distracting elements from a room, you will be able to study for longer periods of time, and will retain the information much better.

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    Select your furnishings

    After you have chosen the ideal study room, it is now time to organize the room appropriately. The first thing that you will need is a desk and chair. Try to find a plain desk with lots of space for you to spread out your notes and other important materials on. The desk should also be at a comfortable height and also be solid, since wobbling desks can be a distraction and a nuisance. Your chair should be as comfortable as possible, and provide good back support. If your chair is comfortable, you will find it easier to sit down and focus, and will avoid suffering from back pain that can be caused by sitting on poor quality chairs.

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    Study materials

    After you have furnished your study area with a desk and chair, it is time to move on to study materials. Ensure that your desk is stocked with essential study equipment such as:

    • Pencils & pens
    • Loose-leaf paper
    • Calculator

    The above items are very basic, and you may need to add more items to this list (such as graphing paper) depending on what field of study you are in. Be aware of what items your course requires, and make sure to keep them within close reach while studying. Since you will be operating in a small area, ensure that you don't add too many items to the study desk. You want to keep your study area as neat as possible in order to be organized and efficient while studying.

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    Study area example

    My own personal study area
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    As you can see, my study area is quite small, and also clean. Pens, pencils, and other material I need are located in a quick access drawer in the desk, which makes finding things quick and simple. The desk is also free of clutter, and contains only material relevant to what I am currently working on. This prevents me from becoming easily distracted, and the large amount of free space on the desk gives me the ability to spread out notes and visualize the material much easier.

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    Conclusion

    In conclusion, it is clear to see that by following these tips for setting up a study area in a small room, you too can make your own small college study area with minimal effort.