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Tips for Organizing Your Study Space: How to Get the Most Out of Your Study Time

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Posted on April 27, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

With finals approaching at Delaware Valley University, you'll need all the help you can get when it comes to studying. 

Did you know that where you study can actually help or hinder the knowledge you retain? Around finals time, many students find that they prefer studying in their rooms to avoid the crowds that congregate in the library. Your study space is important, and you want to make the most of your study time.

Review the tips below to transform your space into an oasis of concentration and get in some quality studying.

Clear the clutter.

Step number one for transforming your residence hall room into a study spot is to clean up. Start by cleaning up any trash that's lying around your room, such as wrappers, empty water bottles, or old food. Then clear unnecessary items from your desk so you’re not distracted.

Spending the time to make sure that your trash is taken out, your bed is made, and the dust is cleared can really have a positive impact on your studying. A clean space can also clear your head to allow you to focus on the material. 

Organize your supplies.

Make sure that you have everything you need for your studying session within arm's reach. Before you get started, arrange your laptop, pens, notebooks, highlighters and sticky notes in front of you so you don't have to get up and look for your items. Having everything right there will help you to remain focused on your studies and keep distractions at bay. 

Keeping a water bottle and some snacks stashed in your desk may be a good idea as well. This way, if you're hungry, you can open a packet of almonds or fruit snacks and sip on some water instead of ditching your study session altogether and going out to grab a bite. 

Let light in.

Studying in a spot that's flooded with natural light could increase your productivity and make you retain more information. Not all residence hall rooms have many windows, but brightening up the room with lamps will also help your study session.

Make a plan.

Rather than sitting down and studying for every single subject for hours, make a plan as to which subjects you should prioritize and how long it should take you. Cramming everything into one study session isn't beneficial and you may not get much out of it, so it's important that you break it up into several days.

Your plan should include what materials you'll be reviewing as well as any resources you may need to go along with that particular study session.

Keep these tips in mind during the end of the semester and your study sessions will improve. Click here to view DelVal's events calendar to unwind with fun campus activities after studying.