Read the tips for keeping your desk tidy and then do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills.


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Seven tips for a tidy desk

1. Only keep things you really need on and near your desk.

Use a tray for any papers you have to read. Have a jar for pens and pencils and have a bin near your desk.

2. Don’t keep any drinks on your desk.

Go to the kitchen when you want to have a drink or, if you prefer, keep a drink on a small table near your desk.

3. Reduce the amount of paper that you use.

Try to keep as much information as possible in folders on your computer. Before printing a document, ask yourself, ‘do I really need to read this on paper?’

4. Scan your notes.

If you have a lot of paper (magazine articles, notes, worksheets, etc.), use a scanner and keep a digital version as a PDF on your computer.

5. Use your smartphone to take photos of things you need to remember.

For example, take photos of notes to yourself, the name and address of a place you need to visit or diagrams you need to study for school.

6. Get a noticeboard.

If you really do need to keep small bits of paper, use a noticeboard on the wall. Check it every day and throw old notes in the bin.

7. Clean your desk at the end of every day.

Choose a time to tidy your desk and do it! If you do it every day, it will only take five minutes and you can start each new day with a clean and tidy space.

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Where do you study when you are at home? Is it tidy or messy?


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djoweken 26 February, 2018 - 15:49

When i am at home, i study on my desk most of the time and on my bed in my bedroom. If you want to learn it's necessary to keep your environment clean. Concerning me, i try to keep all my environment ( living room, bathroom, kitchen ...) clean particularly my bedroom. But often, my bedroom is messy! as many people i think!!!!!

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Perfection_Violet 15 December, 2017 - 04:15

I usually study on the floor or on the bed because I don't have table. If I have to write something on the paper, I need to look for flat surface so that I can write on top of it. I prefer doing my homework by computer and send it through email because you don't need to keep erase your words or use a lot of papers. But my teachers still love their students' handwriting hufft...

18 users have voted.
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thonganle 9 December, 2017 - 04:43

I don't have any desk in my room because the space too small, so I usually study in my friend's house or on my bed

15 users have voted.
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Belka 11 October, 2017 - 11:15

my desk is a beautilul place because you can find interesting things! Sometimes i can find old things about which I forgot! But not now! I changed! I Grew up! I catch that my table must have a messy! How ever I am a Girl! Now my desk is a very clean place!

29 users have voted.
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PeytonLi 1 August, 2017 - 11:09

I study in my parent's room.It's very mess becouse I tidy it once a month!I don't have a noticebord,even a bin!So my parent's are going to buy me one.

36 users have voted.
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VictorYOYO 31 July, 2017 - 14:41

I study in my room on my desk. It has some pens in the pensilcase. sometimes it's distroyed by my mom, so I need to clean it sometimes. I do not eat or drink at the desk.

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Kaelyn 27 July, 2017 - 11:32

I study in my own room,on my desk,it's very very tidy,there is a notesbord on the wall,it's cool,on my desk,there is a laptop on it,I got an green jar to keep my pencil and pen,I love my desk!

37 users have voted.
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canbeg 5 July, 2017 - 12:21

I always keep my desk untidy and when I come to office it's very difficult to start to work. It's my deficit.
And one day some of my students come to my room. One of them get to job and they celebrated this. So that they give me a glass of coke. I don't like coke but I can't reject them. So they left a glass of coke but I didn't drink. With a glass of coke I begin to work. then I went and take my self a couple of tea. When ı reached my tea my hand hit the glass and coke was poured on my computer. My computer was broken and I worked without a computer a few days. So I want to tell you if you don't drink don't keep any drinks on your desk, especially coke.

38 users have voted.
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Jo - Coordinator 5 July, 2017 - 15:03

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35 users have voted.
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jianhui 15 June, 2017 - 15:20

in general i study in my bedroom, occasionally i study in the living room , the desk of my bedroom is very tidy, because i often clean it.

33 users have voted.
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SLMT 25 May, 2017 - 07:13

I always study on my desk . But it's near my bed . Whenever I study,I was seduced by my bed .How can I say No. :D

46 users have voted.
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trungthinh2607 14 April, 2017 - 10:40

I usually study at the desk in my rent house. I also think if you want to acheive the best result, you should tidy your desk at the end of days.

62 users have voted.
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Cirrus14 31 January, 2017 - 18:40

Ohh, it is a good question. I sometimes leave my desk untidy. It happens when I use to draw or paint on papers because I often need to leave drying those. Also, I don't really have enough space on my bedroom ( here is the place where I study everyday). Anyway, my mom taught me to clean all places we share each other into the house, like kitchen, bathroom, or the table after meals. All members of my family understand the importance to stay on a clean environment.

71 users have voted.
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livia03 31 January, 2017 - 17:19

At home i study on my desk, and it's very very messy!
There are lots of pen, many cups of tea, and homework already done everywhere!
Maybe i need to tide it..
I will tide it.

69 users have voted.
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Asaf 28 January, 2017 - 08:39

I usually study in my bed room. But always sleep during study )). When I must do some homework seriously, I try do it on my desk in my leaving room.

64 users have voted.
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summerlover 15 January, 2017 - 20:55

Iove tidy desks and i've already had one and i try to do my best to organize it.. i hope those notes may help me...

66 users have voted.