One of the biggest differences between high school and college is how one’s study methods develop and change. It was once not even a question of where a student would buckle down and prepare for a high school test or write a typical five-paragraph essay, inhabiting the kitchen table or bedroom desk for hours after the 2:30 p.m. bell. The second a student steps onto his or her college campus, though, he or she will find that there are so many more options for studying and working.
From local coffeehouses, on campus libraries, dorm rooms, and apartment building study spaces, the options of viable study spots seem endless.
Many college students have varying preferences when it comes to where they study, who they’re around, and the amount of noise and distraction that can go on in the background.
“I study on my own with zero noise because then I get distracted and I don’t get anywhere. Once I know the material, I like to go over it with a group of people just in case I missed anything,” said Florencia Chami, a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University.
Other students feel that the environment that they do work in can vary depending on the kind of work that they are doing.
“Depends what I am studying. If it’s just homework I can do it anywhere, but I really like ambiance,” said Sophie Gordon, a freshman at Cornell University.
Some ensure their efficiency by taking extreme measures in order to complete their work or study for a test.
“I need absolute silence to be productive. I found that I get my best work done at around 4:30 a.m. when most people are asleep and social media is essentially inactive. When studying during the day, I prefer to be alone in my room or in a study room at McKeldin [Library],” said Nathan Shams, a sophomore at The University of Maryland, College Park.
It can be overwhelming at first to enter a brand new territory, with plenty of distractions and popular study spaces alike, but it is crucial to navigate them early on to guarantee your success. These facts of college won’t be clear to all students upon their arrivals, either. It often takes students some time to familiarize themselves with their options and test out what is available to them in order to truly find what works. That level of comfort will likely change throughout the college experience as well depending on the types of classes in which the student is enrolled.
As seen here, each student has his or her own methods for academic victory, but these have taken time to solidify as their college experiences have progressed. Freshmen: take heed but do not fret, your study success stories will be the next ones told.
*Disclaimer: all students spoken to in this post are friends of the author.