Yeah, you can be like everyone else and bring your laptop and your textbooks to Starbucks to study. But there are some unconventional places that are definitely worth trying out! If you’re anything like me, you need variation or you get tired of things. The reason that I find it easier to study anywhere but home is simply because I’m at home – because I have the opportunity to get distracted and do whatever I want. But if I designate an area to go, and I don’t leave until I finish my work – then I feel much better, and my work gets done a lot quicker and more efficiently.
It turns out there are other people like me too! Just take the story of Rory at Loyola University (which was actually one of my choices for college once upon a time!) – because she has a blog post about her favorite unconventional study sanctuaries as well! To see that article, click here.
And without further ado, here are the best unconventional places to study in my humble opinion.
#1. If you have a balcony/patio… Even though it’s technically constituted as your home, it’s outside and the atmosphere (now that we’re getting into fall and winter!) may be just what you need to put a pep in your step and your pen to the paper. Or… because you are technically home, you’ll still have your wifi on and be able to put your hands to the keys. Either way, you’re going to get work done.
#2. Another outdoor favorite of mine is a park. Generally, you won’t have wifi at one of these places – but if you’re doing something that simply requires pen and paper, or maybe a designated worksheet, then I don’t see why you couldn’t take it to the park, and while you’re there, take in the atmosphere.
#3. The pool.
Although it’s getting relatively colder in some areas, I live in a place where there is no such thing as seasons. Although I don’t recommend you go diving in with your laptop – if you have access to a neighborhood pool, or perhaps even your own, I recommend you try sitting Indian-style on a pool chair and reading your textbooks. It’s relatively calming, the fresh air keeps you going, and since it is turning to fall and winter, you can expect that not many people are going to be there.
The best thing about these places that I’ve listed? They’re all free. If you can go anywhere to study, it’s better to do it somewhere where you won’t be inclined to spend all of your money. Because I know if I go to a coffee shop to study, I’m not going to be able to resist the aroma and thus, I’ll spend another four dollars on something I didn’t necessarily need.