By Kevin Loria of Sterilite Corporation
A college dorm room is much more than just a room. It is a common hang out spot, study area, late night snacking location, video game haven, and night out preparation destination. With all that activity, the room can rapidly turn from clean and pristine to looking like a tornado just tore through. I can tell you from experience, no college freshman wants to clean or organize their dorm room. They will do as much as they can in order to do as little cleaning as possible. This list includes, but is not exclusive to, re-wearing dirty clothes, ignoring homework, and creating The Leaning Tower of Pizza Boxes. The best way to combat this is to ensure that the room is prepped for success from day one. The key to staying organized and not letting the room get out of control is setting up systems and smart storage solutions to make staying neat easy.
One of the best ideas that I have seen to help keep school work organized makes great use of our Small 5 Drawer Unit. All over the internet you can find free printable custom label templates for the drawers. This allows you to label each drawer by day of the week or by class, so you never have to forget worry about where to store your work and handouts again! If you are someone who could really use drawer labels to help stay organized, but you plan on changing what you store in each drawer often, try out our ID Drawers. Each drawer has a whiteboard space in the middle, so you can easily write and erase what you are keeping in the drawer.
ID Drawers are awesome for organizing different papers and thanks to the dry-erase feature I was able to adjust the drawer labels to better suit my needs.
The most important part of keeping your study place organized is making sure everything has a logical place where it belongs. If you just throw everything in a drawer, things will inevitably get lost. And the problem I’ve found with that, is that things only get lost right when you need them. I like to use a couple Storage Baskets to store things I use frequently, such as pencils, pens, a calculator, and a pad of sticky notes.
And if all else fails, and somehow your room does end up turning into a mess, go study at the library. It may seem intimidating, or like a hassle to walk there at first, but I promise that it is worth it. It may not be as nice and cozy as the comfort of your own room, but there are significantly less distractions and it’s a really great place to strap down get work done.
Studying Pro Tips
- Don’t pull all-nighters – it is scientifically proven that you perform better with a couple hours of sleep then a couple hours of studying.
- For every hour of studying, take a 10 minute study break – this gives your brain a chance to process the information you just learned instead of constantly cramming it with information.
- Invest in a planner – you will be amazed how easy it is to forget homework assignments and test dates while still getting used to college life.
- Go to office hours – your teachers do actually want to get to know you and see you succeed, if you take the time to meet with them they will notice.
- Study with someone – the expression exists for a reason; two heads ARE better than one.
- Don’t procrastinate – Just because you can write a 2,000 word essay in an hour, doesn’t mean it will be a good 2,000 word essay. You may have gotten by with this in high school, but you’re in the big leagues now.
- Use other resources – If the way your professor teaches the class doesn’t agree with you, try using another resource such as Youtube or Khan Academy to look for other ways the material can be taught.