With finals here, it’s common for students to want to study until their head explodes. Students all have various ways to study, tips on how to study, and of course, places to study. There are a handful of vicinities that are available for students to get their progressive study time in, all within a 10 minute bus ride (depending on stops).
Place: Starbucks (Kahala Mall, Kapahulu, Ala Moana, etc.)
Pro: Quiet, scent of caffeine in the air, outdoor or indoor tables, wi-fi (when purchase something)
Con: Have to buy something, outdoor or indoor tables, and free
Starbucks is a top-notch study place. The smell and availability of caffeine is the best aroma to keep you awake.
Place: Kahala Mall
Pro: Quiet, free air conditioning, tables and chairs, restaurants a short walk away, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, etc.
Con: Shopping temptations, slipping into a food coma (after you eat).
Kahala mall is super quiet and not as busy as the other malls.
Place: Sullivan Family Library
Pro: Air conditioning, quiet, study rooms (if available), super quiet zone (2nd floor), resources at your convenience, free WI-FI
Con: Can be cold which makes you sleepy, and there’s the chance of friends coming over to talk.
I personally cannot do work in the library because the cold temperature makes me sleepy.
Place: Beach (on the sand/grass)
Pro: Quiet, relaxing, calm.
Con: Possibility of strong wind, sand everywhere, opposite sex distraction, no wi-fi.
Although the scenery and temperature is gorgeous, if the wind and sand joined forces against me, I would not be happy.
Place: Home (dorm, house, apartment, etc.)
Pro: Quiet, alone, abundance of drinks and snacks (maybe), comfortable, possibility of wi-fi.
Con: Temptation of TV and/or game console, proximity to bed and/or couch, possibility of wi-fi.
I personally find myself to be most productive at home. I’m in comfortable clothes and won’t be disturbed.
Former Chaminade student, Chelsea Wibbels prefers to study at Starbucks. “I can’t concentrate unless there are ten million things going on around me,” Wibbels said.
Studying can take up a lot of energy so there are certain things that I do to better concentrate. For starters, I listen to music. The reason is that I tend to get distracted easily, so headphones keep my attention on what I am doing. When studying for a long time, my attention becomes scattered. To get rid of this irritation, when tired I walk away from what I am doing and turn the TV on. Although this seems like a what-not-to-do, the feeling of giving my brain a rest works wonders for me. Also, studying on an empty stomach is a major faux pas. When your stomach is growling louder than you thinking, there’s no progress. When studying, be comfortable, full, and most especially attentive.