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 caf√© downstairs.

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