Studying can be one of the greatest factors of a student’s success. Your study habits are integral to your academic success. And where you study can be just as important as how you study. The location and atmosphere of your study sessions are vital to concentration, memorization, and motivation.
Fun Fact: Studies from the Journal of Urban Health showed that every increase in noise level of 10 decibels in the study area was associated with a drop of 5.5 points on standardized tests.
You want an environment free of distraction or disturbance; one where you can easily maintain focus, often for long periods of time. Because of this, studying from home isn’t always an option. Your campus is home to a plethora of places well suited for studying.
If you can’t study at home, there shouldn’t be a problem finding a place on campus to get your work done. So what are your options?
The Library On Campus
Whether studying for an exam or writing a research paper, the library maintains a scholarly atmosphere. Your school’s library is full of quiet spaces and helpful resources, and the wide range of books can only aid you in your endeavors. You may borrow equipment like computers and cameras and use printers.
The librarians and other staff can be an asset as well. Librarians may be able to help you locate resources or write essays. Other staff, like those in tech resources, can help you put together digital projects and obtain equipment.
On-campus there will be plenty of empty classrooms you can study in. Classrooms act as free spaces when they are not being used and are ideal for studying because of the quiet halls and low chance of interruption. With all that free space you’ll have no trouble finding an empty room to concentrate. Take advantage of classrooms you know will be empty, or find empty rooms and set up shop. But be aware that when a class does come around, you will need to find a new spot.
The top floors of buildings on campus are the secret of the experienced student. They tend to be less crowded, even those in the more busy buildings, and you’re unlikely to be disturbed, as most traffic is isolated to the lower levels. While most students will flock to the seating on the ground floor, the top floor makes the best study space. Although a few other students might have the same idea, as long as you don’t mind sharing the space with one or two people, these spots are worth a shot. Rest and catch up on work in the quiet lounges and classrooms, hang out in hidden seatings areas, or bring your study groups along to take advantage of the free space.
Computer labs are arguably the nexus of student activity. Providing essentials like computers, printers, and wifi, your campus’ computer labs should not be overlooked as an option. Most computer labs have strict rules to ensure the environment remains optimal. These rules keep the equipment in good shape and the students well-behaved. Tests, recording, presentation construction, and so on can be completed here.
These labs may also have lesser-known amenities you’ll want to check out. Some universities keep recording booths here, with access to cameras and microphones. Others provide aid with video editing and presentation creation. If you find you need technical equipment, you can find it in your computer labs ready to be checked out.
Colleges have plenty of on-campus dining halls. While you’re having a bite between classes you can review materials like notes and flashcards. Over dinner, you can get going on projects and study sessions. Dining halls tend to be study-friendly, as they’re mostly quiet and other students are probably studying as well.
Coffee shops on and around campus are a favorite among students. The relaxed atmosphere and supply of coffee are what draw students, making these the preferred locations for long study sessions and breaks. And the free wifi definitely helps.
Students may also seek out areas where they aren’t totally alone. Not too crowded but never deserted, coffee shops are good sources of background noise and company without being bothered by staff or other patrons. For those who don’t like crowds, but also don’t want to be isolated, coffee shops are the way to go. Some even provide student discounts!
Preferable for the warmer months, the outdoor areas that dominate campuses are prime study spots. Campuses have an abundance of outdoor areas for student use year-round, and most days you won’t be disturbed. The fresh air and sunlight can be good for the nerves, and the change of scenery from studying in a stuffy dorm is a relief.
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