Ok: I have to be honest. And you can judge me if you want to. But by the time I was a senior in college, I LOVED the library. Not the library that exists during midterms or finals, where you have to literally stake out a desk in order to sit there and study, but the library where my friends would meet up and hang out.

But back to what is important: The library can be packed during times of high stress around campus. Or, the library can be way too far away on a rainy day or on a Sunday morning after a late night out. Sometimes, you need an alternative  place to study. And this might be a wild suggestion, but why not try to convert your dorm room into your personal study haven? There are a few ways to make this happen.

How to study in your dorm room:

  • Buy a good set of headphones and make a solid study playlist that can drown out any distracting noise, but one that will not distract you from your work.
  • Make sure that your desk only has the stuff on it that you need for studying- remove any unnecessary items.
  • Get dressed as if you were going to class because you know what can happen if you are in sweats or PJ’s and are that close to your bed!
  • Put your phone on silent. Not vibrate. SILENT!
  • Finally: Make sure you are caffeinated. Because, unlike the library, your room probably does not have the café downstairs.

With these tips, you should definitely be able to study outside the library. Although, you may miss having a study buddy.