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It’s almost finals season, which means that this photo is about to make a comeback all over Pinterest:

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I highly encourage all of you to take a similar photo and tweet it to us @SurvivinCollege because doing so results in some much-needed stress relief, but also because misery loves company. When you finish tweeting at us, you might need to get down to studying because procrastination only gets you so far in a class. So here are some places (other than the stress-packed library) that you should try studying in. Everybody works differently and likes a different environment, so try a few of these out to see what works best for you.

1. In your room with locked doors.

It’s the quiet comfort of your own home and food is just a few steps away when you need it. You won’t need to wait for the bathroom or ask a stranger to watch your laptop when you need to get up and stretch. You also don’t need to travel anywhere in the cold weather. Unfortunately, studying in your room might make it harder for you to fall asleep because you get accustomed to working in that environment instead of sleeping. Also, some people find that studying at home is distracting because, well, your bed is two steps away.

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2. In that tucked-away spot on campus.

Finding a quiet, secluded spot on campus near outlets is like winning the college lottery. You are almost always guaranteed a quiet space to work in and you won’t need to move unless you decide to abandon your spot for the rest of the day. Getting out of your house also forces you to wake up and get something done. However, the cold weather might make it annoying to get yourself onto campus and you lose even more time because you need to shower and get dressed. Plus, you might be tempted to wear pants. Like, real pants instead of your pj bottoms. Awkward.

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3. In that overcrowded spot on campus.

Sometimes a seat in a particular building just gets you. It might be in the middle of the cafeteria or a busy hallway, but for some reason, when you sit in that spot, you’re in the zone. Productivity has never been so high and you work so hard that you forget to eat or go to the bathroom. The down side to this crowded spot on campus is your friends. That’s right, I said it, your friends. They see you sitting there and come over to say hi and chat. Few events could knock you out of your zone more quickly. THE RAGE.

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4. With friends.

Around finals time, all of your friends should come with a warning sign that says “FRIEND: USE WITH CAUTION”. While studying in a group may be more productive for some, others simply find it distracting because there are about eight million topics that are more interesting than cellular respiration. The best friends to study with are the ones who sit down silently, get in the zone, and ignore you. They will make you feel guilty for not studying when they’re studying and you will get more work done.

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Good luck, and may the curve be ever in your favor!

Where’s your favorite place to study?


Featured Image courtesy of Emma Flerberg via Flickr (CC-BY-ND-2.0).

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