14 Legit Study Spots To Help You Reach Your Zen State

You know, I learned something today: not all brands of roman candle are created equal. Also, not all directions in which you can point a roman candle are created equal either.

Want to know something else that isn’t created equal? Study spots. I touched on this topic in tip #11 of my recent college tips bonanza, but today I decided to go one step further. Accompanied by contributing writer Martin Boehme and my roommate Brandon, I traversed our campus and came up with a list of the best places to study. Here they are.

Your Car

In the car

Pros:

  • Drink holders
  • Good combination of temperature control and vitamin D absorption
  • Adjustable seats
Cons:
  • May get you arrested, depending on where you park (school, government facility, etc)
  • Operating vehicle while studying may result in broken arms, broken legs, broken everything, or death
  • Not too good for group projects (this doesn’t apply to surfer vans)

The Gym

At the gym

Pros:

  • Efficient use of time
  • Get your swole on (stationary bike > SQUATZ. Would I lie?)
  • Exercise makes your brain work better, keeps you healthy, and keeps you from needing to use your health insurance
  • “I can’t work out; I have to study” is no longer a valid excuse
Cons:
  • You may get distracted from looking at yourself in the mirror
  • Hard to do hang cleans while reading a biology textbook
  • Sweat dripping on rental textbooks = financial disappointment ahead

The Library (Public Space)

Library Public

Pros:

  • Close proximity to ALL THE RESOURCES
  • Widely accepted study environment
  • You can wear your Spongebob pajama pants and no one will care
  • Generally quiet
Cons:
  • Everyone uses it
  • Near test time, it’s not generally quiet
  • All the outlets are always taken

The Library (Uncharted Area)

Library Uncharted

Pros:

  • Really quiet
  • Less people know about it; it’s less likely to be taken
  • Interesting markings on the desks from previous students, such as Brent wuz here, and 453-8554 Call Me I’m Horny, and the ever-insightful Anarchy
Cons:
  • It’s probably in a super old part of the building, so… no outlets
  • The homeless man who has been living there for the past 29 years may not take a liking to you
  • Nobody knows it exists, so don’t get lost

On Top of a Building

On a building

Pros:

  • Great view
  • Competition for space is generally low
  • You get to use your parkour skillz
Cons:
  • High wind speeds
  • You may need to utilize those parkour skills again when the cops arrive
  • Dropping your pen becomes a ten-minute ordeal

Right Next to the Coffee Machine at a Convenience Store

Coffee Machine

Pros:

  • Immediate access to caffeine
  • Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee
  • I can stay awake for days!
  • Lonely cashier may hit on you
Cons:
  • Going to get a coffee is no longer the ten-minute study break it once was
  • You discover the law of marginal utility so much faster
  • Lonely cashier may hit on you

Upside Down

Upside down

Pros:

  • Blood rushes to head, bathing the brain in think-juice
  • You get to show off those washboard abs without looking like a show-off
  • It’s as close to being Batman as you’ll ever get
Cons:
  • As it turns out, it’s really hard to hold a laptop
  • There may not be abs to show off
  • Children may mistake you for a piñata

Next to a Jet Engine

Next to a jet engine

Pros:

  • Looks badass
  • Feels badass
  • Is badass
Cons:
  • If it turns on, bad things happen

A Private Study Room

Private Study Room

Pros:

  • Super quiet
  • Whiteboards, projectors, and computers are often included
  • You can reserve them
Cons:
  • Everyone can – and will – reserve them near test time
  • People may leave mean messages on the whiteboards

A Giant Open Study Room

Open Study Area

Pros:

  • They’re probably all over the place
  • Lots of tables, chairs, couches…choices
Cons:
  • Nothing especially interesting about them (maybe that’s a good thing though)
  • Can be crowded near test times

On Top of a Sleeping Person

sleeping person

Pros:

  • Soft
  • If you really need help you can wake them up and ask them for answers
  • These study spots are everywhere during mornings that follow parties
Cons:
  • May try to fight you when they wake up
  • Snoring
  • Disturbing sleep-talk

A Computer Lab

computer lab

Pros:

  • Lack of your own software may help keep you on task
  • You can probably get by without even owning a computer
  • Convenient printing
Cons:
  • Usually the computers are slower than molasses going uphill in January… on crutches
  • Stuff is touched by everyone – you may or may not care about this
  • That dude four computers over blasting Ke$ha out of the built-in speakers

A Big, Empty Lecture Hall

empty lecture hall

Pros:

  • Feels pretty cool to have a whole lecture hall to yourself
  • Hook up your iPod to the room’s speakers
  • During breaks, you can watch YouTube videos on the huge projector screen
  • Multiple exits in case of zombie outbreak
Cons:
  • Lecture hall seats suck
  • Not much else

Space

Space

Pros:

  • It’s big. Really big. You just won’t believe how mind bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemists’, but that’s just peanuts to space.
  • Nobody will ever bother you
  • After about 30 seconds, you no longer need to worry about studying
Cons:
  • Chances of getting picked up by a spaceship before dying are 2 to the power of 2,079,460,347 to 1 against
  • That spaceship could be reavers
  • If you ever make it back, people will constantly annoy you with Adams and Whedon jokes
Alright – there are 14 study spots, ripe for the picking! Which will you choose?

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5 Comments:
  1. Ahahaha lovee this. I choose ontop of a sleeping person. honestly tho, I get distracted anywhere with all the social media and apps on my phone and laptop. It’s impossible even if I could survive in space without Internet.

    • Yeah, social media and blogs are a HUGE distraction for me as well. I’ve found some solutions for it though:

      1. Create specific “social times” when you can check email and social media. You can only do it during these times.

      2. Use extensions like StayFocused to literally block your access to these sites at certain times.

      3. Use the Pomodoro technique to externalize your motivation to stay focused.

      4. Ditch the laptop and do your work on paper. It’s much easier to transfer stuff you already did to your computer than to try and be creative with distractions vying for your attention. You might think it’s inefficient to basically do your work twice, but if you can cut out the distractions it’ll actually be more efficient.

      • Dang thanks for the tips. Yeah i use the self control app for my mac to block sites when I really need to. AKA I should be using that right now as I sit in my dorm at 10:30pm surfing the web lol. Good point about doing stuff on paper though!

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