Studying is one of the keys to success in college, and in turn your future career. Psychological Science found that applying a strategic approach to studying helped college students improve their exam scores by an average of one-third of a letter grade. However, if you don’t have a good place to study, how can you hope to achieve this success?
While the best place to study may be different for everyone, we’ve put together a list of ten ideas that are often successful--perhaps at least a few will work well for you
1. The Library
Tried and true, the library is a great go-to for studying. Not only will you have peace and quiet but you should have great internet access and plenty of table space. The only issue may be if you need to do group work and have a more spirited discussion. Plus, if you like to snack or listen to music, that could be a problem.
2. Coffee Shops
Many of these offer nice table space and free Wi-Fi. Just make sure you purchase something if you plan to take up their space!
3. An Empty Classroom
Ask your teacher if classroom space is available after hours. It could be a great place to study in peace.
4. A Friendly Home
Does anyone have a family living nearby? A home with a real dining room table and home cooked food could be just the inspiration you need to put in a long study session.
Find a picnic table and study in the fresh air. You can often get a new lease on your subject by taking it outside with you.
6. A Quiet Diner
A quiet diner is often a good choice for studying. Just make sure they don’t mind if you linger after the meal has been cleared away. A generous tip for your server is usually in order.
7. A Book Store
Many bookstores have put in cafes, tables and other additions to make them more welcoming to casual patrons like yourself. Why not take advantage of the option and go study?
8. The Bus
Do you have to ride the bus or train to and from class each day? Use the time you’re on board to study and open up some extra free time for other things you enjoy.
9. Your Dorm Room
While it may not be ideal, your dorm room is always an option. Consider adding a small desk or special chair just for study time so you don’t dread having to study in your room.
While having the right place to study is vital, how you study is just as important. Make sure you spend some time learning proper study skills and turn off distractions around you so you can focus on the job at hand. You’ll be glad you did. After all, like Thomas Edison once said: “There is no substitute for hard work.”