For most of campus, the Dewitt Learning Commons is the place to be with a paper due in six short hours or simply to study the material learned earlier in the day. Every night, groups meet to discuss projects and individuals find quiet places to focus.
For Jeff Jeltema, the best way to focus is in a constant: his (undisclosed) study nook. He and a group of friends frequent this spot on a daily and nightly basis in order to keep on top of their rigorous study schedule.
“When I come here, I know it’s time to get going on the homework. It’s a mental thing,” Jeltema said. “When I’m here, I feel like I can focus more efficiently.”
At NW, we are fortunate to have many buildings accessible to study in before they are locked for the night. Aside from the Learning Commons other great places to sit down and get assignments done are VPH, Ramaker, the Rowenhurst Student Center and your dorm’s lab.
Sarah Lunn splits her study time between the library and the study lounge in her apartment. “No one interrupts you (in the apartments),” Lunn said. “Sometimes, when I go to the library, it’s more of a social affair.”
Because dorm lounges are very conveniently located, students are able to complete homework without having to leave the comfort of the building.
Especially during the cold Iowa winters, students can stay comfortable after dinner and travel a short way within their own building to experience a normally quiet place to get work done.
Some students prefer this nearness to their rooms, whereas others, like Jeltema, prefer to devote their time to one specific spot on a regular basis to develop a habitual spot for their mind to focus.
“When it comes to studying for a test, I like the library, but if I just have homework, I prefer the lounge,” Lunn said.
Avoiding distraction is key to students when trying to pick a spot to get work done. The best location to focus varies from person to person. However, one thing remains constant: find what works for you and maintain good study habits to stay on top of your school work this year.