Studying in the right location (yes, it matters)

Female students at a table outside studying with computer and textbook

The environment around you affects you mentally and physically, which could lead to either restricting or liberating your productivity when studying. Whether working in a group, or studying solo, picking the right location makes all the difference. These are my four favorite places to work on assignments.

Outdoors allows for more creativity

Being outside is my number one favorite place to work on school stuff. Whether it be at the picnic tables on campus, in a park, or even my back porch, the chirp of the birds and fresh air opens up my mind. The natural ambience relaxes the environment without being distracting. However, being in Missouri, where the weather declines at the drop of the hat, it’s hard to venture too far without preparing for ALL the elements. Therefore, I usually work on projects that would be okay to stop abruptly in the middle and pack up without losing my train of thought. Taking marketing projects, creative writing, and even group projects outside allows you to get creative, and get loud without disturbing people around you.

Libraries are great for avoiding distractions

You can’t take a phone call. There’s no noise like loud music or people talking. Libraries, the stereotypical place to cram for an exam, somewhat restrict creativity,  however, the structure and lack of distractions make for a great place to work on homework that requires 100% focus, like science or math assignments.

Coffee shops are good for more than just a caffeine fix

When working on projects related to people, like marketing campaigns or even studying for psychology classes, being around people helps. Take some quick mental breaks to people watch and then get back to studying. Chances of you running into someone you know are slim since you’re off campus, so you won’t have to worry about lengthy distractions

Studying in the student union is convenient

It’s easy to just tell your study group to meet in the student union to work on a project. You can also get pretty loud without breaking the barrier of the usual murmur that exists in there. I’ve heard students say they particularly like studying in the union because they don’t feel as excluded. They still get to see their classmates between studying, and the fear of missing out is eliminated. I personally find the student union too distracting. I get caught up talking to someone and fill up the time I had set aside to study with socializing. However, it’s great for when you need to study while grabbing a bite to eat or when you have just a short amount of time to kill. Not to mention, the student union usually has the strongest Wi-Fi access.

Studying does not have to be dull or stifling. Just by changing where you you study you can rack up more energy or creativity to channel into your work. The outdoors, Library, coffee shops, and student union are my top four places to study.

Where is your favorite place to study, and why?

jessica-albright-thumb-150x150Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society,  Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.