By Josie Loza
Instead of falling onto a couch with the TV or radio blaring in the background and schoolbooks slipping off the side of your lap, it would be wise for incoming students to find a designated study space where they can hide away when it’s time to hit the books.
Looking for an efficient and comfortable study sanctuary, however, may be a bit difficult for students who don’t quite know all the nooks and crannies of campus yet.
A proper study environment on campus is crucial for success in the classroom. Although there isn’t a particular place better suited to studying, what is important is that the area be secluded, quiet and free of distractions and interruptions.
Naturally, for many the library comes to mind.
“The only place I really go is the library,” said Monica Mora, a senior majoring in social work. “I can’t study in the student center. I don’t go in there expecting to study.”
Mora said for her major she has a lot reading to do and gets easily distracted when near friends.
Even though certain areas of the Milo Bail Student Center are filled with good conversations, there are hidden places to get some hardcore studying done.
Some students are able to work productively with other things going on. On the main level of the center, there are various lounging areas filled with plush couches. Comfortable, yet semi-quiet.
Sturdy desks and tables are located through out the entire campus for your enjoyment. So, if you see an empty classroom, take advantage of it. Many classrooms are vacant and provide a good study environment.
Whether you study right before or after class, establish a study schedule and stick to it.
How much time should be allotted for studying depends on the course level. You should average one or two hours of study time per day. Make sure to take a 10- to 15-minute break every 45 minutes.
Opinions varied on how background noise, such as soft music, affects your concentration.
“I need a quiet place to study,” Mora said. “If you don’t, you’ll be distracted and won’t get the work done.”
Check out these five study areas:
1. The quiet level of the library, third floor — packed with desks, tables and isolated study rooms students can check out.
2. Milo Bail Student Center, second floor, near student chapel — crash on some of the couches along the side of the hallway.
3. Arts and Sciences hall, second or third floor — quiet lounges to get some quick reading done.
4. Allwine Hall, third floor — two lounges across from each other filled with sturdy tables and plush couches.
5. Rosken’s Hall, second level — small study area with chairs and a couple desks. Even though it is small in size, the room has excellent lighting.