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Hi all,

I am about to start nursing school on 8/31. I am trying to prepare for the amount of studying I will be enduring the next two years of this journey, and I am trying to make an office space in my already tight bedroom. My room is 11x12 with a queen sized bed in it. I have finally cleaned out and organized my entire room and am trying devise a plan on where to put a study space that is 'welcoming' in a sense.

What I am wondering from all of you is if you have any tips or advice on what type of organizers (whiteboards, chalkboards, shelving, cabinets, large desk, etc) have worked best for you and your personal experiences. How much time did you spend studying at home versus on campus and with other students?

I am aware this is a bit of a weird question, but I need to get an idea on what type of space will be beneficial and if investing in this should be a higher priority or not based on how much a private study space was utilized by other students.

I really appreciate any feedback you all may have! :)

Krystal C. 💉💕

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

Great question! I actually obsessed over the same thing prior to starting my bridge to rn program. I was already an Lvn but wanted to be prepared.

Here's what I did. Went on Pinterest for ideas. But my town house is super small.

I ended up with a desk and bookcase with doors from ikea. I placed both items in my living room. My bedroom had more space but I didn't want my "peaceful sleep area" to become cluttered with school stuff.

So now my living room is super crowded! I hate it! But it's conducive to studying! 😀

I also bought a comfy padded desk chair. Also from IKEA.

I can see the TV and my kid from my study area. That was best for me. my desk is simple, just a big open flat area with a skinny pencil drawer.

I have also set it up so I could study at my kitchen table or my large coffee table.

I did not put up a "command station" or whiteboard. But on my fridge I posted a wipe-able calendar and taped up laminated copies of my school schedule as well as my kids school schedule, etc.

I studied at home for my first term of rn school. My son would get on his electronics and I'd park my behind at my desk for several hours each night after school.

I didn't use study groups for my most recent school experience, because they weren't as focused as I preferred. ☺️

Oh! One more thing! I really thought id use a hanging room divider to separate my study area from my living area. In the end I didn't.,but I really thought about it a great deal.

I do think a dedicated study area is very helpful. Even my single friends with no kids set these up in their apts.

Edited by vintagemother

Hi all,

I am about to start nursing school on 8/31. I am trying to prepare for the amount of studying I will be enduring the next two years of this journey, and I am trying to make an office space in my already tight bedroom. My room is 11x12 with a queen sized bed in it. I have finally cleaned out and organized my entire room and am trying devise a plan on where to put a study space that is 'welcoming' in a sense.

What I am wondering from all of you is if you have any tips or advice on what type of organizers (whiteboards, chalkboards, shelving, cabinets, large desk, etc) have worked best for you and your personal experiences. How much time did you spend studying at home versus on campus and with other students?

I am aware this is a bit of a weird question, but I need to get an idea on what type of space will be beneficial and if investing in this should be a higher priority or not based on how much a private study space was utilized by other students.

I really appreciate any feedback you all may have! :)

Krystal C. ������������

Hi there! I am starting in August as well but I wanted to share something that I discovered while taking my summer Microbiology course. I really wanted something that I could write down key things to study without my toddler coloring all over my things and I wanted a white board but I didn't want to put holes in my wall or risk my energetic toddler hanging on it Curious George style and it injuring her. So, I came across a peel and stick wall decal white board! Wall Pops WPE0446 24-Inch by 36-Inch Peel and Stick Dry Erase Message Board Decal - Decorative Wall Appliques - Amazon.com

It gives you enough space to work on and you can literally take it off and stick it somewhere else. It also doesn't leave a residue! The only con I found with it is that I have to be careful around the edges to make sure I didn't get the dry erase marker on the wall. This was easily fixed by creating a border out of decorative tape. It looks cute too!

Thank you so much! I love this idea. These are the type of tips I was hoping for! I really appreciate it!

:)

Krystal C. 💉💕

Thank you so much! I love this idea. These are the type of tips I was hoping for! I really appreciate it!

:)

Krystal C. 💉💕

You are quite welcome!

It is a pretty decent size so there is ample space for righting. This is the largest one.

That looks really good! Are you done with your degree or are you in the program still?

Krystal C. 💉💕

That looks really good! Are you done with your degree or are you in the program still?

Krystal C. ������������

I actually start the program in August. I bought this for my summer microbiology class. :D

I actually start the program in August. I bought this for my summer microbiology class. :D

Awesome! Me too!! Congratulations. I hope we love it and meet amazing life long friends!

Krystal C. 💉💕

If possible I would have the study area outside of your bedroom. Just so you have that separation. I have a one bedroom and recently added a writer's table (from Ikea). I used to do everything in my room. Now that my study area is separated it is easier to "wind down" when I am ready to go to sleep. I have even heard it from a doctor that your room should be for sleeping.

If possible I would have the study area outside of your bedroom. Just so you have that separation. I have a one bedroom and recently added a writer's table (from Ikea). I used to do everything in my room. Now that my study area is separated it is easier to "wind down" when I am ready to go to sleep. I have even heard it from a doctor that your room should be for sleeping.

Thank you for the advice! I totally agree with you, unfortunately I live back home with my parents and my only space and privacy is my room.

:( so, I'm not sure what else would work.

Krystal C. 💉💕

I just have one of those small computer desks and an office chair (as I was working from home previously) in which I place my laptop on the retractable portion where a keyboard would go along with a notebook; to the left I keep a different color highlighter for each class along with a few pens and post-its;underneath are my printer and space for textbooks. I also have one of those wall chalkboard decals. The desk isn't too big and it's right next to the window. I'm just starting as well! :)

Thank you for the advice! I totally agree with you, unfortunately I live back home with my parents and my only space and privacy is my room.

:( so, I'm not sure what else would work.

Krystal C. ������������

Maybe you could set up a little study area outside under the sun on nice days to give your mind a refreshing environment. I find that scenery opens the mind and makes reading more enjoyable. I am going to talk to my husband about a table and chair set for our front patio. I discovered this studying under the trees at my university. It is very peaceful.

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

I remember the student desk I bought was from Walmart. It was really tiny so it fit in my room. Maybe you could try that.

AZBlueBell

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 1 years experience.

I bought a desk from target that is simple and decent size but not huge. It's got two shelves on one side that can hold my books etc. I decorated the walls above it and next to it with inspirational quotes and pretty wall art decor so that when I'm overwhelmed I can look up and refocus my mind.

Edited to add:

My house has a den/office but it's open and can be pretty distracting to study there. So I bought the simple desk and put it in the unused corner of our room so I can shut and lock the door and be by myself distraction free :)

Maybe you could set up a little study area outside under the sun on nice days to give your mind a refreshing environment. I find that scenery opens the mind and makes reading more enjoyable. I am going to talk to my husband about a table and chair set for our front patio. I discovered this studying under the trees at my university. It is very peaceful.

That's a great idea, I could do this in addition to the indoor space (I live in Arizona so the nice days get limited more than less! Haha) but regardless, being outside would be a great place to study and read!

Krystal C. 💉💕

I bought a desk from target that is simple and decent size but not huge. It's got two shelves on one side that can hold my books etc. I decorated the walls above it and next to it with inspirational quotes and pretty wall art decor so that when I'm overwhelmed I can look up and refocus my mind.

That sounds adorable! Do you have a picture of your space? That's basically what I am looking to do. I have a small little desk that will fit nicely next to my bed. It'll be tight, but it should work.

Krystal C. 💉💕

AZBlueBell

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 1 years experience.

Sure, so this is the stock picture of the desk (because my real pic doesn't show the whole thing) along with my art decorations :)

Sure, so this is the stock picture of the desk (because my real pic doesn't show the whole thing) along with my art decorations :)

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What a great space! I love it!! Thank you for sharing :)

Krystal C. 💉💕