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Exploring Study Spaces on Campus

How do I know which study space is right for me? By using the table below, you can best determine where might be the best spot for you to concentrate while studying.

Study Space Pros Cons
Coffeeshop
  1. Opportunity to talk through class presentations, group projects and homework
  2. Brainstorming can happen aloud
  3. Proximity to caffeine
  4. Comfortable seating options
  5. The coffeeshop is open at certain hours of the day
  1. Noisy environment
  2. Proximity to caffeine
  3. Comfortable seating options
  4. Higher likelihood of running into friends and distractions
  5. You have to work your study schedule around the operating hours of the coffee shop
Mugar Library
  1. Variety of space to allow for quiet and discussion-based studying
  2. Easy access to research materials
  3. Easy access to a live librarian
  4. Comfortable seating options
  5. Mugar is open at certain hours of the day
  1. Can be noisy in certain areas
  2. Comfortable seating options
  3. Higher likelihood of running into friends and distractions
  4. You have to work your study schedule around the operating hours of Mugar
Residence Hall/Home
  1. Aside from roommates, it’s a fairly controlled environment with distractions, seating options, temperature and lighting
  2. It never closes
  1. Roommate/floor distractions

  2. Your bed is very close

Additional questions to consider:

As you consider where might be your ideal study space, answer the following questions to help find the best fit for your academic needs.

  1. Which study space do you frequent the most and why?
  2. Which study space has the fewest human interactions?
  3. Which study space offers the fewest distractions and interruptions?
  4. Which study space is the quietest/loudest?
  5. Which study space allows for you to take the fewest breaks?
  6. Which study space has the best furniture for studying?
  7. Which study space has the best lighting?
  8. Which study space do you associate with sleep?

If you have any questions, or you would like help determining which study space will be a good fit for you, please make an Individual Advising Appointment with one of our professional staff members.

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