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Great Study Spots by Situation

April 28, 2017

One of the early questions students must figure out upon arriving to college is “Where am I going to study?” For many, the answer is a simple one: the library. However, I’ve found that a lot of my friends—and including myself—prefer other places to do work. I have a few favorites of my own, but I thought I’d break down the best study spots by the situation.

Routine Assignments

Throughout a lot of the semester, much of the week will be filled with reading, note-taking, or short problem sets—depending on the classes your taking. And for this routine work, I have a couple suggestions. During the warmer parts of the year, working outside at the various tables scattered around campus can make for an enjoyable few study hours. You don’t have to feel cooped up at the desk in your room or in the basement levels of the library.

My second suggestion is the Tyler Haynes Commons (or THC for short). While I seldom do work here, as I walk through the building I see a lot of students doing work while their friends play video games or others who post up in front of one of the big screen TVs to simultaneously watch a sports game. This spot probably isn’t the most productive area but it can make those routine assignments less tedious to get through.

Essays on Essays on Essays

For this scenario, I will actually suggest the library, specifically the silent section on the second floor. With essays, most people write in spurts—cranking out a page or two every so often. But as with all types of writing, taking short breaks can prove beneficial to the process. When you hit a roadblock, the library is great because you can always go for a snack break at Eight-Fifteen, the Starbucks clone on campus. You can also head down to the collaborative area and chat with friends for a few minutes as you recharge for the next section in your essay.

Time to Cram

So now you have a test coming up. You spent the last two days working on that group project for your first year seminar and were sucked into the new season of House of Cards during your free time. In my opinion, the best study spot for this scenario would be (if it’s in the evening) an empty classroom. You can shut the door and zone-in on your textbook—removing all distractions that could disrupt your focus (aside from, well, the internet).  

As an overall suggestion, I think changing up your study spots from time to time can be a worthwhile endeavor. A change in scenery can lend to a clearer mind and a less stressed you. At least that’s what I’ve found in my few years here and it’s worked out well so far. 

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.