written by samantha wong (peace advisor)
The point is, different people have different optimal study spaces. Some prefer the library for its quietness and study-promoting atmosphere, while others prefer the comfort of their rooms/dorms. Wherever you study, make sure that your study area has the following amenities:
1. Wifi – Unless your work consists of readers and essays on said readers, you’re probably going to need a reliable wifi source to do your work. It’s frustrating and disruptive to have to keep reconnecting to the internet, so look for a spot that has free, reliable wifi. This is one of the reasons why I usually can’t study at Café Milano, as much as I’d like to.
2. Minimal distractions – Make sure your study spot has as few distractions as possible. Distractions include a bed to sleep or take naps in, lots of food to mindlessly snack on, distracting people, and a loud environment. If you have enough self-control to resist the distractions even when they’re present in the room, that’s even better, but it’s still a good idea to be away from the distractions in the first place.
3. A study-promoting atmosphere – Some people like dead-silence when they study, while others prefer white/background noise. Some even like studying outdoors on a nice day. Whatever you prefer, make sure your study space motivates you to study and does not distract you or discourage you.
4. Friends – Unless you prefer studying alone, studying with friends is a good way to make studying more fun and motivate each other. Make sure that you aren’t distracting each other, however. It’s a good idea to set designated times for studying and breaks.
The fall semester is drawing to a close, so make sure to finish strong!