Choosing a Study Space in College
Whether it’s for writing a paper, studying for an exam, or simply getting homework done, a study space is a must have for every college student. Finding your ideal study space takes time. You need to scout out different places and know which works best for you. Your study space should be very accessible, have all your necessary amenities, and have minimal distractions.
Can you be there as much as you need?
A study space is best if you can reach it at any time, very easily. If you have to make a long trek every time you want to study, you’ll lose a lot of time in travel alone. Decide whether you want your study space closer to your dorms or your classes. Depending on when you want to study, the difference in proximity can have a major impact on your decision.
Also make sure that your study place is available at all the times you need it. How early and late in the day can you be there? Is the place usually open to the public, or is frequently used for events? Look at the availability hours to make sure it will suit your needs.
What does the study space offer you?
Everyone has some preference when it comes to studying. Some people prefer places like a coffee shops. There’s a steady supply of food and beverages, nearby people, and a constant background noise.
However, other people prefer studying in a small study room or their own dorm rooms. Isolated, quiet, and able to be set up however they want. Wherever you choose to study should have the amenities you value the most when studying.
Are you going to be able to focus while you’re there?
There’s a big difference between a relaxing space and a study space. In a relaxing space, if the place accessible and has all your amenities, that’s all you need. But if you’re trying to study, being too comfortable can be a bad thing.
- Are the people next to you having an interesting conversation that you can’t help but overhear?
- Is your mind wandering as you stare blankly at your laptop?
- Do you find that you keep focusing on something nearby instead of your work?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may need to reevaluate your location as a suitable study space.
Wherever you decide to study should be based on your personal preferences. It should be in a location that’s conveniently located and open at the times you need. Everything you need to study comfortably should be accessible. But you shouldn’t be too comfortable, make sure you’re able to use the space to get work done and take your down time elsewhere.
And if you can’t find one place that is perfect for you, find two or three different study spaces and use them as the situation calls for it!