Have a loud roommate? Can’t seem to stay awake studying in your overly comfortable bed? You might find the solution below!
Silence is Golden
When you study for that big O. Chem, NPB, or Bio test you want to make sure you can concentrate! One way to get a silent study area is to take a walk down to Shields Library. There are a variety of options for all your study needs. If you’re looking for a secluded area where you can cram for your big midterm or final, why not take an adventure to the fourth floor of the library? Walk through the maze of book shelves and find yourself next to a nice desk conveniently located next to an outlet. Feeling a little more adventurous? You may consider taking advantage of the locked study rooms in the library. It can be a retreat from any distractions. Also, you can leave your stuff locked in so that you can go take a quick break outside or find a book!
A Study Atmosphere
Shields not only caters to those that wish to not be disturbed. Some students find it helpful to be in an upbeat environment filled with other students studying all around them. Some like the motivation! For this, you can go to the second floor of Shields Library and enjoy a few hours at the Reading Room. This place is definitely one of my favorites and perhaps it’s because it reminds me of Hogwarts. With an abundance of outlets and ambient lighting, this place will definitely help you on your quest for the A! The downside of the Reading Room is that it can get quite packed especially during midterm or finals week. To fulfill your thirst for studying, Shields also has a nice area on the first floor right when you enter through the door. There are several desks in front of you and an entire room filled with desks on the left. Many tutors use this area because it is a talk-friendly environment. So if you’re trying to have more of a collaborative study session this may be the place for you.
Sometimes places get old; you get bored and at that point you have no desire to study. Why not spice it up with some of these great study spots? The Student Community Center (SCC) has a nice computer lab in addition to the abundance of desks downstairs and upstairs. Need some fresh air, SCC has you covered with its second-floor terrace and tables out in front by the coffee shop. The Memorial Union is frequently sought out as a study location as well because of its proximity to caffeine, pizza, and the abundance of other food items. The tables here get filled fast but waiting around for 5 minutes or so may be worth grabbing a seat next to the food and drinks if you get hungry when you study. The MU offers a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the crowds of students rushing to get coffee too. The Griffith Lounge on the first floor, and the Art Lounge on the second floor both offer a quiet and peaceful study area as well. During Finals week, you can even study at the Mondavi Center! Did I mention they offer free coffee and play classical music too?
Need a place to study next to a spot where you can get refills on your coffee? Starbucks, Peet’s, and Panera Bread all offer this excellent and economical solution for your study needs. The WiFi and ambience also make them great study spots. If you’re looking for something more than just regular coffee places, there are a few other cafés that serve great coffee and provide a comfortable atmosphere for studying. Mishka’s is definitely a favorite of many but can get quite busy. On the other hand, Delta of Venus and Barista Brew are not as busy and offer excellent coffee as well. If you are just looking for a quick coffee and not a study spot, I’d recommend Dutch Bros as they will definitely quench your thirst for caffeine. Don’t forget to grab a stamp card on your way through the drive thru!
One With Nature
Arboretum. When the weather is great, there is no better choice than the Arboretum. It is a peaceful place to study and it is huge. You can always find a nice patch of grass you can read in. Whenever you need a stretch break, you can take a stroll and sit on the dock by the lake. If the view is too pretty and distracting, then maybe you can visit the Quad. Centered between the Coffee House and the Library, the Quad offers a great study place with backups in case it gets too chilly or you get too hungry!
There are such a great variety of study spots to suit your needs Don’t stay in your room. Explore to make studying a little bit more fun!
Peer Adviser, Biology Academic Success Center
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Class of 2015