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The Study Space Race Best locations to study
Posted by Ashlea Masters | July 06th 2011

Stuck on places to study for exams? Not to worry, here are a few tips for places to keep the brain cells moving.

We don’t all study effectively in the same atmosphere. Some people love the idea of working in absolute silence, others find that silence just increases the pressure on them and look for any excuse to be distracted by minute sounds. Not everyone gets their best work done during the day; some of us have to wait until the sun goes down for any kind of motivation so you need to take that into account.

Finding the ideal study space takes time. Generally you have to try it out a couple of times to see if it’s the right fit for you, so I’ve come up with a couple of options to narrow down your search.

Here is a list of places that you might find work in your favour.

  • The library: this can be University/TAFE, local or State library. It seems the most logical place to start because this is where you’re going to find most of the resources you need. There is also the general rule that if you need absolute quiet, libraries offer study spaces where no mobiles or talking is allowed
  • Parks: again at a local or city level. A park gives you the option of not feeling so trapped in your space. You can also catch a bit of sun which also helps to keep your mind working effectively.
  • At home: in your home study or your bedroom, although you should keep your study and relaxing spaces separate. I also like to work with the TV on in the background, muted, so I don’t get too distracted but still feel I’m not drowning in my homework. I also like a more open space. If I’m in a room that is specifically designed to be a study, it kind of freaks me out and I feel the need to surf the net. So I opt for the more open-air environment of the lounge room or dining room. That is until every one gets home.
  • University study room: most Unis have designated study rooms that students can book out for a couple of hours a day and will most likely have internet access and maybe even some extra audio-visual machines for oral presentation preparation. But keep in mind these can book out pretty quickly around exam and assessment time!
  • Book store: a guaranteed quiet spot! Not all book stores will have a specific table and chair set-up for studying and if you spend too much time in there, they will more than likely expect you to actually buy something…
  • Study partner’s house: if you’re someone who wants to work in a home environment, but just can’t bring yourself to do it, join forces with a study partner and use their space! This way you not only get an extra resource from your study-buddy, but you also won’t get too distracted by deciding it’s a good time to find out exactly what your 6th grade teacher wrote on your reports.
  • Coffee shop: every student I know basically lives off coffee and when you couple that with a relatively quiet atmosphere you can find yourself in any of the hundreds of Starbucks or local coffee shops in and around your area. This is also a great place to have background noise to keep you focused whilst you randomly speak to yourself when a problem doesn’t quite make sense or listen to your latest I-tunes downloads. Trust me, finding your own Central Perk could become your best friend during study.

And during all that study, don’t forget to give your friends a call every now and then to give yourself something else to think about.

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