Best Study Places on Campus!
One of the best things about Warwick is the atmosphere. The university has found the perfect balance between work and play, providing their students with invaluable time management skills. It is currently Term 3, and we all know what that means - EXAM PERIOD. Sure, most university students are cramming for their exams probably the night before and doing all nighters, but as countless research has shown, this is not the best way to revise.
Here at Warwick, I do truly believe that students have the right approach to their learning. We're not always in the library revising 24/7 because we know that's not healthy. Instead, we revise productively and efficiently. There are many 'study happy' events on which provide students with a nice way to relax in between their studies. Additionally, when it's as sunny as it is, say, today, we all take a break and sit on the piazza, absorbing the sun and having a good old natter with your fellow course mates. Breaks are essential for your brain to be able to process what it has learnt, and I feel that all students who attend Warwick understand this.
Recently, many of us first years have discovered new, beautiful study areas outside. It's been so sunny that I've just thought how I would so much rather be revising outside rather than be trapped in the learning grid from 9 to 9 like every other day. And so, a couple of days ago, my best friend and I walked around campus. With no particular direction, we just let our feet take us. We packed some food, our study materials, and just ambled until we found a beautiful spot on top of a hill. Nobody was around us and we were able to see for miles and miles. (Or, what seemed to be miles and miles. Probably not further than campus. I'm trying to be poetic here, give me a chance). I've attached a photo to this blog to try and encapsulate what I'm talking about.
Surprisingly, we were fairly productive. We also caught a tan. Unintentionally - I mean, we didn't just lie out there, but we worked hard as we were in a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere.
Being able to concentrate whilst studying is essential, and often a change in environment can really help with this. If, per se, you used to work well in your room but now get distracted by how soft and warm your bed is, you know it's time to change study location. Below, I've listed a few study areas and their pros and cons. I hope that future students could try them out and tell me how they found them, or that existing students could message me some more potential study areas that I could add to the list.
An obvious start. Your room is a great place to study because EVERYTHING you need is there. You have laptop sockets, you have phone sockets, you've got all your books and if you need anything else, you know you just have to search around your room for a bit until you find it. You're also close to food and your flatmate is just across the hallway if you're in need of a study break.
CON: your bed is your biggest distraction.
Roots Learning Grid:
My new favourite place to go. Living in Roots, it is about a one minute walk away from my accommodation (no word of a lie), and is very convenient to get there. There's a 'group discussion' area with comfy chairs, which also includes a free of charge massage chair that I've recently discovered (eeek!). There's also the quiet study area, which has computers as well as non-computer areas.
CON: not that many spaces. Additionally, I've sat in one of the booths in the sociable area and have managed to either fall asleep (they're pretty big chairs) or spent 8 hours just socialising (you have no idea how many people come sit and you can start chatting to).
'Oculus is such a nice place to study' - said everyone who has been a student at university this year. It is the newest of Warwick's buildings, only opening a few days after I got here in 2016, and it's so beautiful. It's spacious, lets in lots of light, and is just amazing. NO CONS.
Do people go to study in the arts centre? I have on occasion, but it's not really a place where you 'go to study'. They have sofas and chairs and desks but it's more for the public than for your average student to study. Nevertheless, it's super nice if you need to just study between class. There's also the café which sells the best doughnuts ever. Iced custard doughnuts costing a mere £1-£1.20. Please, please buy one of these. You won't regret it. (Oops, someone's just gone off on a tangent).
Again, not a place where people would 'go to study'. I just know it's very calm and tranquil. If anyone would like to add to this description, please do so in the comments below.
Why was this not first? The library has five floors, the first two being 'group project' areas and the other three silent study areas. It's got the café downstairs, it's got printers, it's got books. It's great.
CON: In term three, you're unable to find any spaces whatsover unless you get there at 8:30am. No joke. I've seen people sat on one of those stools that librarians use to stand on to get a book from a higher shelf.
This is situated right next to the entrance to the Library Café and as many people don't really know about it, it's mostly empty. As you guessed it, it's a computer suite. Sometimes it is nice to use a desktop computer rather than a laptop.
CON: meh. It's a computer suite.
Ah, humanities. With groovy music and a chance to have never ending supply of coffee, this place is pretty chill. I'm also including the outside seating areas in this, which are right by the little fountain/greenery which is super aesthetic.
CON: music might be a distraction, and you don't really have places to plug your laptop in (apart from that one seat under the tv screen.)
TRC (Transnational Resource Centre):
The secret hideout for humanities students. Did you realise by now I study humanities? Yeah. This place is great. I've only just discovered it after my friend kept suggesting it and I kept responding 'Why go there?'. Well, to answer my own question, it's a great place with computers, plug sockets, a nice atmosphere, and there is always space since nobody really goes there.
CON: second years look at you when you walk in. But then again, I'll be a second year next year, and if you decide to study here, I'll probably look at you when you walk in because I'll think 'damn, someone has found my secret 'hideout'.
WBS Grid (Warwick Business School):
Beautiful, beautiful building. I used to have meetings there and I'm always impressed by the layout. It's a nice spot and reminds me a bit of the social part of the learning grid as they too have cool chairs.
CON: I've only been there in the evenings, but I can imagine it getting pretty busy during the day.
My roommate always goes there. I've never been able to make myself walk the distance, but apparently, it's very modern and has cool Mac computers and nobody is there since it's SO FAR AWAY. That's the only con, I should imagine.
YES, YES, YES!
CON: only good when it's sunny. Bring on summer!