At libraries? At home? With a friend? In your room? For me – I study best at a cafe.
I couldn’t stand the atmosphere of library. When I step into one, I could immediately smell stress. I hate seeing other people studying when I’m studying. Instead of motivating me to study more and enabling me to know that there are many people in the same boat as me, I’m freaked out, thinking how much further have they rowed their boats since we started studying. Simply said, I hate studying in a place that is dedicated for studying.
If you think that’s weird, well, join the club. I also wonder why I couldn’t study in the places dedicated for studying. Do you know how much hassle this created? First of all, my Mom would scold and ask me what I’ve been doing in a cafe instead of studying. Well, Mom, I’m studying. But she wouldn’t believe me. Well, how could she? A cafe is noisy, full of people talking and walking passed and blah. A big NO for ideal study location.
Second of all, I couldn’t even study at home. Too much distraction. There are TV, sofa, kitchen, blanket, bed, pillows, internet, laptop, house chores (yes, house chores, you read that right) and other billion things. How can you not study at home? It’s the most beautiful place on earth! Well, I associate home = place to relax. It’s not a place to study, so…
Third of all, do you realise how much should I spend to be able to study effectively? Coffee + time going to a cafe + transport + time going back home = $$$. Imagine if I want to do this effective studying every weekday. I’ll go bankrupt.
So what is it about cafe that attract me so much? Is it the coffee? Not necessarily.
It’s the atmosphere.
Yes, it’s noisy, and yes, people are walking. But you see, a cafe is my haven. When you are stressed and having a writer’s (or student’s) block, you can just take 2 minutes break and see how people are doing. You can see life. That makes me refreshed and enables me to go back to my assignments or study. Plus, there’s no internet distraction. I would not crave to my Facebook, Twitter, emails, or even blog stats in every 10 minutes. I would just simply study, write, or do my assignment.
In a cafe, I would finish a day’s worth of work (e.g. compared to when I’m doing it at home) in two hours. No joking.
Last week I needed to do a research assignment for my psychology subject. As I had to use the computer’s program that’s only available at uni, sulkily I went to the library and tried to do my assignment. I saw my friend who’s doing the same course. I sat beside him.
I was super stressed for the next three hours.
First, I saw too many stressed people there. Second, I saw my friend stressing, and he was already on stage 9, while I was still in stage 0.5.
I am the type that couldn’t work under pressure (future employers, I hope you are not reading this), but yes, the more I’m pressured, the more I call it quit. That’s why when at home, I’m doing my assignments while watching the TV. That way I get more work done compared to not watching TV (watching TV gives me the sense of ‘entertainment’ that I used to seek while studying at a cafe).
How do you study? Do you study at home, at library, or someplace else? What method do you use to study effectively? Share your stories in the comments below.