Whether you have a whole bunch of coursework to do, or a ton of revision to get through, I think the library is a great place for it. “What’s the point? I can revise at home?” you may ask. Personally, I find going to the library reduces the number of possible distractions, and separates uni work from the rest of my life. I am a morning person, and I enjoy having evenings off, so any work I do it in the library and make sure I have left before 17:00. Then I take the rest of the day off – I never do work in the evenings. Somedays I have to work from the morning all the way to five (like when I am revising for exams), in these cases I have some tips for working in the library:
- Bring a packed lunch. Anytime I forget to do this I end up getting hungry and going home to eat, the once home I find it hard to convince myself to go back to the library. Try make it the day before when you have some spare time, because it can be easy to forget to do in the morning.
- Plan what you are going to study in the library the day before. This doesn’t have to be a very detailed plan, just a general idea of what you want to get done. For example: I want to study Quantum Mechanics unit 2 and Cosmology. I’ll make sure I pack those notes and anything that I need for those particular topics.
- Find a place in the library that best suits you. This is different for everyone and there are many places available. There are computer rooms; group study rooms; the digital reading room; sofas for reading etc.. I prefer the silent computer room, because I like to work in silence and I like to have a big computer screen available. Try out a few places to see what best fits you.
“When in doubt, go to the library.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.