How to Make Any Small Space Productive for Studying

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Do you have a special homework space? Do you sit at a desk to do your math problems, or do you balance your book on your knee as you prop yourself up in bed?

Many students live in apartments or small houses that make it tough to carve a special place just for homework.

For those students who have to lie on the floor or on a bed to read and write papers, homework can be a real challenge. However, the following strategies can help make your workspace more productive—wherever it might be.

Turn your kitchen table into a desk.

Put your studying supplies into a bag or basket and head to the kitchen table. The kitchen table is often ideal because it offers enough room to spread out. Small supply organizers, like a writing utensil stand or an accordion folder, will enable you to get the most out of the space.

Wear noise-blocking headphones.

If you're working on your homework in a busy environment, you're sure to face some potential distractions. Noise blocking headphones won't make the space any larger, but they will help you zone out and concentrate exclusively on the material in front of you.

Snag a beanbag.

If you're used to studying on the floor, consider getting a beanbag chair. Beanbags are incredibly multi-functional: they can serve as a chair, a recliner, or a table. If you get tired of reading in one position, just roll over and adjust your beanbag into a new position.

Utilize a glass-topped table.

If you have a glass topped coffee table in your home, you may be able to double-up the size of your workspace. Spread the books and papers you're currently using on top of the table, then spread the rest underneath the table. This way, you'll know where all of your materials are at all times – no more digging through giant stacks of books.

Use pillows for posture.

If you read on the floor, don’t place your book on the floor and bend down to read. This position will cause strain on your back and neck muscles. Instead, pile some pillows on the floor and get into a comfortable lying position. You'll be able to read for much longer, and you'll be far more comfortable while doing so.

Try working outdoors.

Students rarely think of the outdoors when assessing potential study spaces, but it's often a great option. If you have a patio, balcony, or other shared outdoor space, consider turning it into a study area. Outdoor tables make great desks, and nature is often far less distracting than indoor spaces.

Keep it organized.

No matter where you end up working, be sure to keep it organized. After each study session, spend 3-5 minutes cleaning up the area: pick up stacks of papers, put books back on the bookshelf, and pack up your backpack for the next day. Next time you return to your study space, it will be neat, clean, and welcoming.