Studying at the Library 101

So, you’re a freshman in college and your dorm is sometimes too noisy to study in or you need a different place with fewer distractions, or you just want to kill some time between classes – come to our learning center, our door is always open! Or, even if you’re not a freshman, but still need a place to study or work, we’re happy to accommodate you. In this post, I want to talk about the long days and nights you spend at the library studying and how to make them more comfortable.

Studying for finals can be very stressful. Some days you’re feeling good and pretty capable of comprehending the material, grasping the most important ideas, and sticking to your studying schedule, if you make one. But, other days you’re unmotivated, drowsy, slouchy, grumpy, and basically can’t even tie your own shoes. Don’t worry, we get you. Many students feel like this, and the best thing you can do on those days is to keep going. Unless you feel like you could really use taking the day off!

Our library has four study rooms to choose from, each one decorated differently, and, in addition, there is a common lounge area where you can get a coffee, something to eat, or some snacks. You can spend your lunch or coffee break here, or you can go around the corner to the near-by coffee shops if you want to get some air.

One of the most important things is to bring everything you need just for that day. Don’t bring any additional textbooks with you if you’re not planning to use them that day. You’re stressed as it is, so you don’t need to put any more pressure on yourself by bringing additional material. If you want to bring something to read for fun on your break, then that’s okay.

Have a watch like these on you at all times. When you’re studying hard, time flies by. You may forget to eat, for example, and snap out of it only when you notice that you’re actually starving and mentally exhausted. Or, even if you’re impatient and can’t wait until your lunch break, you’ll still need to know the time.

I would also recommend wearing something comfortable and always have a spare hoodie for the days when it’s chilly outside. Since you’re gonna be spending long hours here, the temperature may vary and if you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t be comfortable, and that, in turn, will affect your concentration.

So, get that backpack ready, and I’ll see you at the Alderville Learning Centre and Library!