As the school year reaches the halfway mark on the University of Maryland campus and classes get more hectic, many students may need a change in scenery when it comes to their study spot.
Some students suggest that Edward St. John Building (ESJ) is the best place to study because of the architecture and the convenience of the Starbucks coffee shop located inside the building.
"Right now, it's ESJ, but it was my bedroom because I could not focus," said sophomore information sciences major Merium Easterling who kept falling asleep while studying in the comfort of her pillows and blankets. "I like ESJ because it's new."
As some enjoy the way it looks, others happen to enjoy the environment and setting of ESJ. Students also think that although it is loud, it helps students get in the zone in a comfortable space.
"So far, I think my favorite study spot is ESJ because I like the cafe right there, the temperature is better than McKeldin," stated freshman chemistry major Anna Ims.
One relatively new building students enjoy studying at is the School of Public Policy, which features both indoor and outdoor seating.
"The view of the chapel, the mall, and the building is really modern," said freshman biochemistry and Spanish major Kayla Sebastian. "Working inside the building, there is a lot of nice natural lighting."
Students should not try to study where they are too comfortable and relaxed. As many people suggested, learning in the bedroom setting can cause easy distraction. When you study in your bed, it sends mixed signals to the brain, according to The Daily Texan.
Other places that students recommended were McKeldin Library and Van Munching Hall, as both have a cafe on the first floor of each building, and has many tables and rooms to study in.
"Rudy's because it has a nice atmosphere, as there is a Starbucks there to get coffee and it's quiet," said sophomore business undecided major Jordan Hall. "The tables are large enough to do homework on."
Finding a comfortable space where you can focus and be productive is a hard task, but with various buildings on campus, there are many options to find the best spot for you. A quiet, clean place is always a good place to start.
"I guess for students, I would encourage them to find the best place for their individual experience I know that when I was in college, I really liked the upper floors of the library," said Spanish and Portuguese Professor Ryan Long.