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How to Create An Effective Study Space In A Small Dorm Room

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Students who study from home are more productive than those who study in places such as libraries and coffee shops.

Most student dorms are small and measure around 228 square feet, so creating study space can be difficult.

But, it’s certainly not impossible!

Here’s how to set up your dorm study space and utilize it so that you can successfully complete your college course.

Storage is Everything

Students spend around $1240 per year on textbooks and other supplies. That’s a lot of books and crucial study material to try to store in a small space.

Anything that you’ll use regularly should be kept in easy reach.

A desktop organizer shelf on your desk or window ledge is ideal. Vertical book organizers come in different sizes, so you can find one to suit your space.

Plus, they can be used for both books and paperwork.

A spinning desktop organizer will also save you space and provide plenty of storage for pens, pencils, sticky notes, and more.

You could even use a stool with a folding lid as your study chair to store study items in it.

Have a Dedicated Study Space

Having a place to work from in your room is essential as it will help you get into work mode and avoid distractions. There’s no need to add a large desk to your room as you can use the furniture you’ve already got.

A closet can be transformed into a space to work from. You can then close the doors and shut it all away when you’re done.

Another option is to use your bookshelf. You’ll have plenty of space to store your books and other study materials, and you can use one of the shelves for your laptop and paperwork.

Buy Noise-Canceling Headphones

According to Reference, between 40% and 64% of college students live on campus.

As you can imagine, trying to study with this many people wandering around the building and making noise can be tricky. It’s a good idea to invest in noise-canceling headphones as they will block any distractions and noise that will interfere with your studies.

Best of all, music can improve your focus, motivation, and your memory. Research shows that soft, classical music is the most effective. Instrumental rock, R&B, classical music, and jazz are also recommended.

Set Boundaries

Studies have found that the most effective time to study is between 10 am and 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Share this information with your roommates and try to agree that this is when you’ll all study. This will make it much easier to concentrate and get your work done.

If you can’t agree on this, make it clear that this is when you’ll be studying and that you’ll appreciate being left alone and for there to be as little noise made as possible.


Most students do better when they choose to study in their dorms. While this space is small, there are ways to put the room you do have to good use and make it a successful study environment.

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