I’m just going to say it. The worst place to study is your bed. Your brain will confuse its associations with your bed, losing a strong association with sleep. Your bed is for sleeping, plain and simple. It’s time to find a new spot to study! Keep reading to learn about some alternative study spaces.
- Halle Library: Many students say they can’t focus at the library. Perhaps your brain just hasn’t learned to associate the library with studying yet. Find a place you like at the library and try studying there consistently for two weeks. You might be surprised to find that you’re able to get into the flow quickly after a while.
- Ypsilanti District Library: Okay, so you want to get off campus. That’s totally fine. Ypsilanti has a beautiful library with big wooden tables and tons of windows. It’s a great place to get down to business and knock out some assignments.
- Coffee Shops: While this is not the place to get serious research done, coffee shops can be a good spot to work through some reading or smaller assignments. They’re also great places to complete collaborative work because you can talk and eat. Some great options are the Song Bird Cafe (on Plymouth Road), Mighty Good Coffee (on Whitaker), and Sweetwaters (on Cross Street).
If you’re trying to find the perfect place to study outside of Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor, here are some things to look for:
- A quiet atmosphere. Loud music or a group culture makes it hard to focus and absorb information.
- Comfortable chairs: This doesn’t seem like a big deal until you’ve driven to the coffee shop and you’ve studied for an hour and your back already hurts. Look for chairs with backs! It’s a game changer.
- Big tables: A small table means you have to stack your stuff and that makes it hard to find stuff. Look for a place with big tables so you can really spread out.