My name is Sarah Siebert, a Senior at UCLA studying Economics. I have spent my years trying to find the perfect study locations. There have been moments of complete bliss and solitude and other times where I’m distracted beyond belief. Here are some things I’ve learned over the course of four years of studying in various locations. First, pick a place that has limited noise. At times I thought my apartment would be a quiet place to study but quickly realized that it’s too much of a social gathering spot. I have found that certain floors of t
he library are perfect for quiet studying. Second, you
First, pick a place that has limited noise. At times I thought my apartment would be a quiet place to study but quickly realized that it’s too much of a social gathering spot. I’ve found that certain floors of the library are perfect for quiet studying.
Second, you have to be comfortable. When I was a freshman, I was obsessed with studying outside. This obsession quickly faded when I realized how uncomfortable the ground can be when you’re spending hours hunched over reading or writing. Make sure you find a spot that you can really sit for a while in. I’ve figured out that sitting down in comfortable work chair or a standing desk is the best place to get a lot of work done.
Third, find a spot that has multiple resources and tools for you to study with. I found that empty classrooms allow me to use the chalkboard freely. I’m then able to write anything down and it’s easier to understand concepts/ideas that way.
Even when you find the best or ultimate studying spot, make sure to leave it. Try new locations and mix it up! You’ll find it will clear your mind and you won’t get too tired of the same old spot.