Managing Your Werkspace

A+ Desk by Mahmoud Istanbouli

First year university can be a challenging time to start over in a new place. New places mean new areas to study and also new ways of cooperating with the environment that surrounds you. The following are a few tips that can help with studying in a new place.

Part 1: Paper

It’s important to come up with a good system for filing papers at the beginning of the semester. Having a clear space for paper to be stored will help with the tranquility of your room (especially if it’s hidden). Some students find that having lots of paper on their desk can be a stressful reminder of everything that they haven’t done. The residence rooms at Acadia, for the most part, have a limit amount of desk space (included the wardrobe and dresser). This space is meant to be used for everything from toiletries, extra food, books, hair and makeup items, plants, and other odd things. This means that table space must be cherished. Consider finding a place to store papers that is tucked away and not immediately noticeable. It will make a world of difference.

Part 2: Electronic Documents

Decide what sort of naming system you would like to apply to all of your work, and start using it right away. A consistent system will prove to be useful later on down the road.  The physical appearance of a paper free workspace can help to ease tension. It is always a good idea to make the Downloads folder of your laptop as neat as possible. This section will often become overcrowded with lots of PowerPoints and class notes provided by professors. It should also be noted that a lot of people use their computer or laptop screen for Post-It notes that give them a list of things to do. This could lead to the same feelings of clutter if not managed properly.

Part 3: Space
Some students find that it’s easier to study in a public place. Some find that it’s easier to study in their room. Take the first couple of weeks to try out new things and see what you like best. It may take a while to find the perfect workspace, but it is very much worth it. The following are a couple of environmental combinations to brainstorm and experiment with:

  • Public A – Public S (a public area where people surround you)
  • Public A – Private NS (a public area where no one can see you)
  • Private A – Private NS (a private area where no one can see you)

Examples of good places to check out around campus:

  • The K.C. Irving Center
  • The Vaughn Memorial Library (check out the study rooms as well as the quiet room. As for help if you don’t know where those places are)
  • Clark Commons
  • Residence Lounges
  • The SUB (the main floor is great, as well as the Michener lounge)
  • Wheelock Dining Hall

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