I love studying in my room, but that seems to be the problem. My room is familiar, my bed is comfy, and I’m so distracted by my own belongings that it becomes difficult to concentrate. I go from flipping through flash cards to cleaning my room to organizing my backpack just because I don’t want to study! I know some people who get a lot of stuff done in their room, and props to you cause I don’t know how you guys don’t get distracted! If you’re like me, I have to find places that aren’t my room just to get some actual studying done. If you’re looking for some different study spots, here are 10 Great Places To Study That Aren’t Your Bedroom!
The library is a great first stop if you’re looking for some peace and quiet and you need to use the library’s many great features such as research materials, computer labs, and printers! I have an hour between some of my classes this semester so I always make a point to stop by the library to study as well as print off a few things before class. There’s also a coffee and snack shop that’s in my library as well so if you’re hungry and need some brain food, you don’t have to go very far!
Sometimes the indoors can be really constricting on your brain, which is why the park or someplace outside is a great way to get things done. If it’s a nice day, a few of my sorority sisters lay out some blankets on our front lawn and work on their homework out there. There’s hardly any distractions except for nature, and technology isn’t a distraction because there’s no Wi-Fi. connection!
The Laundry Room
This one may sound a little strange but I actually get a lot of work done in the laundry room of my sorority house! Not a lot of people think to study there but we have a huge table in the middle of the room where you can work on homework if you’re waiting for your laundry to be done. Plus the sound of the machines is really soothing and just enough background noise to keep me focused.
A Coffee Shop
I’ve worked at a Starbucks for nearly two years and found the sounds of a coffee shop to be very relaxing, plus you can enjoy a nice latte while you finish some work. I hate to work in silence and I have to have some sort of noise in the background to help me stay focused. The sounds of a coffee shop are so relaxing to me and help me get work done. If you can’t go to a coffee shop for some reason or want the sounds of a coffee shop, one of my high school teachers showed me coffitivity.com which is a website that plays sounds from a coffee shop! There are lots of different tracks to listen to depending on how loud or chatty you want the sounds to be.
A Book Store
I love the smell of a good book, and bookstores are a great place to settle down if you have a lot of reading to do. They’re usually pretty quiet and if you get restless and need a study break, you can break out a book and do a little recreational reading! Some bookstores also have cafes built in as well so you can enjoy a pastry or a cup of coffee or tea.
The Student Union
I’m on my college campus for a majority of the day, and one of my favorite places to study is the student union. There’s usually always big couches or chairs open and there are outlets everywhere you look. There’s also usually a restroom or two close by as well so you don’t have to clean up all your stuff if you need to go.
Your campuses’ tutoring center is a great place to set up camp if you’re struggling with a specific subject. They try to have as many tutors there as possible who are knowledgeable in several different subjects so you can always have someone to go to! There are people there who can help you write essays, explain math problems, study history with you. Basically, whatever you need to learn, they can help you out there!
Don’t live near campus? Try going to a community center to get your work done. Just like student unions they almost always have tables and chairs open just about everywhere and when you get done studying, there are lots of other things you can do there like work out, swim, etc.
A Study Room
Study rooms are a blessing if you really need some absolute silence to study. When I have to read a lot of textbook information or analyze books, I book a study room so I get that quiet that I need. It’s very isolated, and you can usually stay and book that room for up to two hours.
A Common Room
Live in a dorm or apartment? Study in your available common room! For some people that don’t know, a common room is basically a big open room available to people on your floor or building that everyone can use. It has lots of chairs, couches, and possibly a tv or two and some game consoles in case you want to play some games. When I lived in the dorms last year I studied in my floor’s common room almost every night because no one ever used it, and I didn’t have to walk very far!
Where do you like to study? Leave a comment below!