The library, infamously associated with all-nighters and studying, can often feel overcrowded. While libraries are full of resources for you to use, just getting out of your room and leaving your personal distractions behind can be helpful. Luckily, UH has a variety of different environments that suit serious students’ needs.
Any of the dining halls on campus, or any other favorite place to eat, can be a great place to bring your books and sit for a couple of hours. The dining hall is especially appealing, because the coffee and food supply is endless. Your brain will be super-fueled.
The Nook, with exception
The Nook, while it is a great place that feels designed to sit and study, can reach full capacity in the evenings. If you’re set on doing your work there, it’s best to head over before the rush. Great music and art are fun for hanging out, but it may be distracting if you’re trying to get some work done.
While working out and studying can be considered unpleasant, knocking them out at the same time isn’t as bad as it seems. Light exercising between 20 to 30 minutes of studying keeps your brain awake and alert, so you don’t get as bored. Doing light exercise such as walking on the treadmill is a good time to do reading or go over flash cards. The fitness center on campus also has plenty of tables to lay your books out.
On the Lawn
With the weather as warm as it is, just taking a blanket or a hammock out to a green part of campus, can be relaxing. Plenty of benches are available on campus as well, if you have a bit of time to kill on a sunny day. While it can be difficult to do physical worksheets or writing outside, if you need to read any material the natural light will be better for your eyes.
Residential Study Areas
In most dorms and apartments, there will be a small study room or public area available. These rooms are great if you need a change of scenery, but don’t want to stray too far from home. There’s also usually a great deal of space to lay out books, papers, and other materials. Asking the front desk or even just exploring your floor can help you to find one.