Study Spots Worth Trying Out This Finals Season

It’s hard to believe that this semester is coming to a close, with only one more week ahead - finals week. Of course this time of the year is particularly exhausting and frustrating, but it’s unavoidable; the best way to conquer this stressful time is to tackle your studying head-on instead of pushing it until the last moment. Yes, having my favorite iced coffee and taking plenty of breaks motivates me to study, but when it comes down to it, the most important aspect of studying for me is location. I always need a silent, calm(ish) environment in order to really concentrate and get my work done. After trying out many different places on campus, I’m going to share my all time favorite spots so you too can get the most out of your study sessions!

 

The Psychology Building

The atrium in the Psychology Building is hands-down the best place to study. It has natural light, is always a comfortable temperature (which is always important), and is a quiet environment. And best yet, it has outlets nearby many of the tables, so you never have to worry about your computer dying after a long study session! If the atrium gets filled up, it’s good to note that there are also tons of open tables on each floor, too.

The Music Library

Contrary to what you may be thinking, the music library is actually an awesome spot to get some peace and quiet (nope, you don’t hear any instruments!). This library also has great natural lighting and a surplus of outlets near the tables. There are also many computers available for students if needed - always a plus!

Starbucks on Green Street or in the Bookstore

This one is more of a given, but still a great option. Starbucks as a study spot is truly a win-win - you can get caffeinated and studious all in one place! What I love most about doing work in Starbucks is that I’m surrounded by like-minded students, so I stay motivated to accomplish whatever I need to do. 

Champaign Public Library

If you want to get off campus, the Champaign Public Library makes for a perfect study environment. With free wifi, lots of natural lighting, and tons of tables to choose from, who wouldn’t want to study here? The best part of this library is that it allows you to get off campus for a little while and change up your scenery. Not to mention, they have a surplus of resources (like computers and books) if you ever need!

Pro tip: Make sure to take plenty of breaks so you don't burn out while studying - go on a walk, grab coffee with a friend, or just hang out on the Quad!

 

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