Finding Study Spots on the IU CampusLindsay Stone
Although this semester is coming to a close and most students have already finished their exams, I thought I would compile a list of places I find conducive for productive studying.
Personally, I like to move to different locations throughout the semester because I find studying in the same spot all the time can create a stressful atmosphere. For this reason I would not recommend studying in your room--in an apartment, house, or dorm. I like coming back to my room and making it a place for relaxing and winding down after a long day of work and classes. I will study in my room if I only have a limited amount of freetime and don't want to waste it travelling to and from other buildings. However, all of the dorms are reasonably close to a variety of libraries and classroom buildings with niches where you can buckle down to work on papers, prepare for exams, and spend an afternoon being as studious as you'd like, with minimal interruptions.
Here are some other places I've found that provide excellent work atmospheres:
- Wells Library: The West Tower was open 24 hours during finals week and has individual and group study floors and the East Tower has plenty of quiet study areas as well. The information commons is also open a lot, but it can get noisy because it's a busy area. BONUS: Wells has a cafe where you can get snacks, coffee, sandwiches, etc. and it takes meal points!
- Music Library: This library is much smaller because it's tucked inside of a classroom building, but there is space for group or individual group study and there is also a cafe right outside where you can stock up on caffeine before you hit the books!
- Education Library: A good study spot, especially for anyone living in the Southeast Neighborhood.
- Indiana Memorial Union (IMU or the Union): I've studied in the library, in the foodcourt, and in some of the lounges here. If you come at a good time you can sometimes snag a comfy chair or couch, but most of the time if you come to study there during the day--especially in the afternoon--it can be hard to find a seat.
- Formal lounges/floor lounges in the dorms: Lounges are great for studying--as long as there aren't too many people hanging out while you're there!
- Classroom building libraries and other random nooks: Jordan Hall has a nice litte library with plenty of desk space and the psychology building recently added a "labs lounge" with computers, desk space, and some comfy chairs. There are plenty of great locations for studying and it's great to discover new spots to learn around campus!
Of course when the weather is nice it's absolutely wonderful to get outside and study in the fresh air! The Arboretum, Showalter Fountain, and Dunn Meadow are all great places for studying!
It's important to figure out what environments help you prepare the best you can, so I definitely recommend trying out a lot of different locations until you know what you like most! Happy studying!