Dos and Don’ts: Where to Study

| September 2, 2011

So I’m sitting in the student center right now, trying to read an article for my International Business class, and it hits me – I STILL  haven’t  blogged this week! Then I realize that I’m not staring contemplatively at a scholarly article, but gazing at my Facebook newsfeed like a deer in headlights.

This week has been an interesting start to my sophomore year. I’ve reunited with tons of friends and met new acquaintances. I’ve met girls from my sorority who were abroad. I’ve joined 200 and 300 level classes. I’ve even cleaned my room and made my bed several times!

But one thing I’m still adjusting to is the change in my study habits. High school was different. I went to school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., went to my after-school activities, ate dinner, and did homework the rest of the night.

College is a much different story. My classes are held at all different hours of the day – one even at 5:30 p.m. – and I often have tons of free time. Not to mention, my class schedule, eating schedule, workout schedule and studying schedule change with each semester.

The most important thing I have to remind myself is that, when I finally do decide it’s time to get work done, it must be in a quiet place, free of distraction. I don’t care how much you think you can handle outside stimulation while staying focused on work, no one – I repeat, NO ONE – gets work done in the “Marketplace,” the area in our student center where people meet, socialize, eat and pretend to do schoolwork.

The Marketplace: Where good study habits go to die.

The Marketplace: Where good study habits go to die.

I’ve learned to love the library. Ours has three floors, one being completely silent. When I need to get mountains of reading done for a class, I head to that silent floor and get ‘er done.

If you are the type of person who needs to drown out all sound when studying, look-up a good “study” playlist and play it softly in your ears while you read.

If you, like me, can’t help but click on Facebook, Twitter or Perez Hilton after each sentence, download “Self Control,” an application that will forbid you to visit any number of sites you deem dangerous to your study habits. During finals, Self Control saved my life.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer about studying in college is to use your friends. At first, it’s no fun to head the library all by your lonesome. But, if you bring friends as support, you’ll be much more motivated. However, if you go as a group, do work on the silent floor. You won’t allow yourselves to distract each other if you’re forced to sit down and zip it.

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