Studying is an essential and necessary part of life and distractions can severely hamper your ability to focus and get your work done.
Finding a good place to study can significantly improve your ability to focus, learn, retain information and improve the speed at which you can perform your research.
While there are many different places that you could study we feel that these 8 locations are best for helping you concentrate and accomplish your goals.
Everyone is different and the location that’s best for you may not be best for someone else, so don’t try to fit your study sessions into an environment that doesn’t suit you.
If you’re better suited for a place that has a bit of ambient noise such as a coffee shop or book store use that as your study anchor, if you prefer a quieter location with plenty of resources then choose a library or tutoring center.
Ultimately the best place for you to study is the place where you find yourself able to concentrate the best and get your work done.
As mentioned earlier here are our 8 best places to study.
Coffee shops from your local mom and pop shop to Starbucks are continually getting more and more popular among students for a number of reasons. First, these environments are great for group study sessions and the ambiance is generally geared towards working and conversation. If you’re someone who has trouble studying in a really quite room than a coffee shop may provide the right level of ambient noise to give you a sense of being connected while you study. Second, coffee is a great way to improve concentration and increase energy during study sessions, and help set the mood for the work you’re about to do.
When it comes to studying one of the first places that pop into mind for most people is the local or school library. In fact for many people the library is the perfect place to study as it is designed primarily for that purpose. You can find everything from books on many different topics to study programs and online computers dedicated to research. If you choose to study at a library make sure you come prepared and bring the appropriate clothing if the library is typically cold or warm, so that you can focus on your work more effectively.
Books stores can also be a good option for studying and focusing on school work as they are typically fairly quite and everyone in the store is focused on reading and learning. Some book stores even have lounge areas and coffee shops that are designed to help you relax and pick up a book or two to read. Just make sure that the book store encourages this behavior as some stores may not want you to stay and read books if you aren’t interested in purchasing one.
Tutoring / Study Centers
Tutoring and study centers are commonly found in colleges or libraries if you know where to look. These places can often be located by asking human resources or the local directory of your school where these centers are. The great thing about tutoring and studying centers is that you may be able to sit down with a tutor that can help you with the topics you’re struggling in. If you have complicated coursework or want to learn some new studying techniques for a particular subject a good tutor can significant improve your learning experience and memory retention.
An Empty Classroom
If you have a teacher that doesn’t mind you staying in the classroom when it’s empty this setting can be a very good place to study. Because your class sessions focus on school work your mind will more naturally assume a study mentality just by being in the classroom. If you find yourself having difficulty focusing on your work in other locations try sitting in an empty classroom to see if your brain automatically starts thinking about school work. It often works for other locations you frequent such as going to your room to sleep or going to the gym to work out. Your whole mood and mentality may naturally gear itself towards studying in a classroom setting.
The School Lounge
School lounges are great for students that want a little more noise and ambiance than a traditional library, but not so much babbling that it’s overly distracting. These lounge areas also have the benefit of interacting or simply being around other students that are studying, and surrounding yourself around like minded people will help you concentrate better on the task at hand. You go to the basketball court to play ball, go to the movies to watch a movie, go to a restaurant to eat and go to a study / school lounge to focus on getting your school work done. Each setting is designed to focus on something particular, so put yourself in a place that’s conducive with what you want to achieve.
Getting outside and going to the park is a natural way to improve your mood as you surround yourself with nature and the outdoors. People are made to be outside rather than spending all day, every day inside of a box, room or building, so getting outside and studying at a park table, bench or picnic area can be a great way to boost your mood, feel more free and inspire creativity and focus.
Local Community Centers
If your school or neighborhood has a community center stop by and check it out to see if they offer any study friendly areas. Depending on the community center your visit they may have everything from extra curricular activities and sports to study sessions and tutoring programs. If you have difficulty finding a community center near you check with your local library or school, or search Google for “community centers near me” to find a list of places that offer local programs.
Additional study tips & advice
To help you get the most out of your study sessions here are some additional study tips and advice on how to maximize time.
Evaluate your options
One of the first things you should do to help you improve your study sessions is to sit down for an hour or so and list all of the places you think would make a great studying area.
Be sure to include things such as distance, ambient noise level, seating, resources such as tutors or computers and potential distractions.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What are the best places to study near me?
- Would I be easily distracted if I studied there?
- Is this environment too noisy or quiet?
- Does this environment inspire me to study or not?
- Would I be comfortable sitting in this area for extended periods of time?
- Are there resources nearby to help me with my studying? (tutors, computers, students, teachers)
Once you’ve gathered your list together and identified the pros and cons of each start to eliminate the places that would cause you the most distractions until you have 3 – 5 places that you really like.
Finally, try out each place for several days to see how it feels and decide whether or not it’s right for you.
It’s a good idea to have at least 2 – 3 locations you can go to as you’ll likely want to alternate between them as your mood and desire for a different atmosphere changes.
You may not always be in the mood to go to the same exact location every time you study, so this helps you keep things fresh and interesting.
Create a study routine
Routines are a great way to warm up and get yourself in the mood to perform a task you need to do such as studying.
Athletes warm up before a practice, cooks prepare their ingredients before they begin making food and good study practitioners set the mood before they study.
The routine you come up with may be different from another persons, but that’s o.k., your routine should be catered to your mood and mentality.
For example you may pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on your most comfortable shirt and read a chapter of your favorite novel or a blog post from an educational website you enjoy to set the mood and get your mind ready for a study session, or you might put on some relaxing background music, adjust the lights and stretch for 10 minutes before cracking open a book.
Try creating a couple of routines and see which one works best for you so that you can switch your brain into study mode.
Set up your study rules and follow them
Rules aren’t always fun, but they’re there to make sure you achieve the goals that you’ve set out to accomplish.
If you find yourself unable to focus during your study sessions then there is a good chance that you haven’t set up some ground rules for what is and isn’t allowed during study time.
Some of the rules you may incorporate into your study session can include:
- Always study at the same time and for a set amount of time (2 -4 hours per day)
- Always put cellphone on silent during study sessions
- No (zero) video games during study time
- Don’t study in rooms that have any televisions
- Avoid music with vocals during study time
- Avoid loud locations or places where you can be interrupted during your study session
- Stay off the internet, except for the specific websites that provide information on the topic being studied
As you can see these rules definitely don’t make life more entertaining, but they do reduce distractions, which can lead to better study sessions and improved focus.
To help you with setting up your rules make sure you write down the top 5- 8 distractions that keep you from studying and either limit their use or eliminate them altogether.
In many cases you’ll realize that you perform the same few activities (such as playing games, texting or watching t.v.) as a way to distract yourself from doing the work you need to.