As exam season makes its way back round, the David Wilson Library is getting more and more packed by the day.
I love studying in the library as I feel it’s where I’m most productive and achieve the best revision. However, when it starts to get to the point where you have to reserve a seat 3 days in advance (to any perspective students who just got really worried, this is a joke!) it really is not my favourite place to study. In the early mornings and late at night, I can bare a few extra people, but during the day I like to find a few alternative places to revise, and here are some of my favourites;
- Chi – for an alternative, on-campus solution, I love working in chi in the evenings. It stays open until 10 pm and the booths are a great place to spread out when you need a lot of room to work.
- Student Union – although normally just as loud and busy as the library, working in the SU can be a chill way to get work done. However, because of the restricted table space, I think it’s best for work on a computer, rather than spreading out all your notes.
- Empty Seminar Rooms – Stumbling across and empty seminar room is one of the absolute best feelings in the world. They appear few and far between, but if you managed to find one guard it with your life (or at least with the £5 ruler your lecture convinced you you’d need in first year)
- Cafes – Most cafes and coffee shops are happy for you to work in there as long as you order some food/drink, and they can be a wonderful place to study. Not only will the aesthetic pop on your Instagram or snapchat, but they can create a calming ambience unmatched anywhere else.
- At Home – when all else fails you can never go wrong with just staying in your pjs and working from home. Although housemates and the kitchen can be distracting, the time you save getting ready, commuting to/from uni, and making polite conversation with your coursemates, can make working at home really effective.