Arrange Your Study Table
A study table is one of the most essential furniture required in a home. Plan the arrangement of your study table according to the type of coursework you do. You’ll probably need easy access to your computer. Proper lighting is essential to productive studying. Good light keeps you awake and energized, and makes reading much easier on your eyes. A ceiling lamp is helpful for general room lighting, but you should also have a desk lamp on your work surface to illuminate specific tasks. Position a lamp with an adjustable arm on one corner of your table so you can shine light where you need it. To make your study table an efficient work area, arrange your tools and supplies so they’re organized and within easy reach. Keep pencils, pens and highlighters in a cup or other container. Use small baskets or bins to hold index cards, self-stick notes, thumb drives, calculators, staplers, paper clips and other supplies. Store papers and periodicals in stacking trays or in an accordion folder. Place a small shelf or bookends on your study table to keep textbooks and reference books handy but out of the way.
Just because you want your study table to be a serious work zone, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Make your desk stimulating, not sterile. Choose accessories in colors and patterns that you like. Keep a favorite framed picture or saying on hand for motivation and inspiration. As you set up your study table, remember to keep the arrangement simple and uncluttered. Assign a place for your tools, supplies and accessories, then make a habit of putting them back where they belong after each study session.