So I don’t know about everyone else, but the library at Rollins is a great place to get work done…. And also a great place to get no work done at all!!! I am going to share with you a few tips I have learned to actually be productive in the library.
- Do NOT sit by the door where everyone comes in and out. How in the world do you expect to get 100 pages of reading done if you are going to be the library greeter and socialize with everyone that walks through that door? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sitting here every once in a while but I know when I do sit near the door, I leave with fabulous dinner plans and a load of unfinished work.
- Reward yourself! If you have been working hard for an hour, give yourself 15 minutes of Facebook time or 15 minutes to peruse the Emma Graham website! But be careful not to get sucked in!!! 15 minutes can quickly turn into 30 minutes, then 40 minutes and so on. I know you all know what I am talking about:
“Okay, I will get off Facebook at 9:17.”
“ Okay, 9:23 and I am off Facebook forever…”
Suddenly, its 10:00 and you’ve done nothing but looked at the same pictures from last night over and over and over again… And you still have that test at 8 AM that you haven’t begun studying for.
- Go to a quiet floor!! These are the best for being super productive. I can do an hour’s worth of work on a quiet floor in an hour. And on a non-quiet floor, the same amount of work will easily take me 2 hours or I just won’t finish it at all. If you have to do your work on a non-quiet floor, put your headphones on with your favorite music and zone out!!
- If you are going to the library with your friends, remember you don’t have to sit with them! There are plenty of times that I have gone to the library with my friends and when we get to the library, we all split up!! Everyone is different and is productive in different atmospheres. At Rollins, I know I am most productive in the Tower Room. The Tower Room is all the way at the top of the library and has a 360-degree view of Rollins. It’s really peaceful and beautiful! But some of my friends are way more productive in the Pillow Room than the Tower Room. Find a spot that works for you and use it to your advantage!
What are your study tips? Where are your favorite places to get homework done?