Study sessions come in all different shapes and sizes.
Sometimes the best thing for you is to bunker down in your room and put your head into a book. Other times, not so much. Whether you’re going stir crazy cooped up in your house, or if you’re just looking for a new study space to shake things up, here are the top 7 places to study outside of home:
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1. Coffee Shop
A time-tested classic, your local coffee shop is a great place to get some last minute study done. One of the best study spots for free wifi connectivity, this is a great place if you don’t mind a bit of ambient noise. Grab a cup of coffee, a table, and some brain food and your local Starbucks is one of the best places for you to knuckle down. Whilst you may not always have the quietest of study sessions and you may need to constantly avoid the looks of the workers as they try their best to get you out of there, the free wifi access makes up for it. Plus, if you get on the good side of the workers, you can stay there for hours and your brain food is just an order away!
2. Public Library
Another classic place to study, the public library is a good option if you are looking for somewhere quiet. Rest assured, the librarians will be most willing to help you in your hunt for further information. The local public library can be a place of relative peace, as most people who go there are looking for the same things. Whilst the available signal for Internet may not always be the best, this is a perfect study spot if you are looking for a quick answer or a study space away from any large crowd gathering that may occur in some other places in this list. The public library has advantages over other public spaces such as big bookstores: there is often better wifi access and a central library is more suited to study as opposed to simply reading.
Certainly not the best place if you are wanting to plug in your laptop and lock yourself into some intensive study time, however, the beach is a top notch option if you are looking for a change of scenery. The beach can be a great study place, and Australia has some of the best beaches in the world. Whilst you may be subject to large crowds on busy days, if you don’t mind some ambient noise whilst you read your academic journals, this could be the perfect option for you. Not to mention, a quick dip in the ocean is the perfect study break for anyone!
4. Campus Library
In contrast to a public library, the campus library is a good option if you are looking to get some group study done. If you have a study group that all take the same subject and are looking to swap study tips, you can all meet in one of the study rooms in or around your campus library. Even better, if you can secure an empty classroom this ensures a private study space for you and your friends. One great tip is to look outside of the main library at your university, and instead search for spaces nearby that may be less crowded and have lots of tables that are available.
5. Local Park
Whilst this may not be the best of place for information access as the wifi connectivity could be lacking, it is certainly a great place to get some fresh air. This is crucial if you think you are in need or some vitamin D or are looking for somewhere outdoors. Whilst there are many peaceful places outdoors, the local park is a great option as there are typically plenty of places for you to sit or lie in relative peace. It is also a great place for you if you need a study break as getting out into the fresh air can often get your creative juices flowing or inspire you to take some time away from your computer and social media and instead get started on some of those required readings you’ve been putting off for so long.
6. Friend’s House
If you constantly find yourself telling yourself you’ll study “next time” and instead putting on Netflix and binging the latest series, maybe heading over to your friend’s house is a better option. Choosing a study buddy to keep you accountable for your study sessions is a great way to stay motivated and on task. Just be careful, as rules need to be established! Staying off social media is key, but exchanging study tips with your friend is a great way to keep focussed. Just remember to bring some brain food so you don’t end up snacking on unhealthy and unproductive sweets.
7. Tutoring Center
The final option is a tutoring center. This can be often found within your university or school campus, however they are also sometimes found at the local public library. The tutoring center can also be a great alternative to other study spots, as there is often easy info access in the form of previous students currently completing their master’s degrees or other community center assistants who are there to lend a helping hand.
Whether you prefer to be surrounded by nature, a cup of coffee, or other hardworking students, there are plenty of study spots for you outside of your home. Whilst everyone is different, once you find your perfect study spot, you’ll be much more productive. If you are looking for more study tips, check out our collection of articles.
And who knows, maybe you’ll even begin to enjoy your study sessions!
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