Is the library a better study space than home?

Which places makes you more productive?

Abigail Roch
31st May 2022
Image: Unsplash @cathrynlavery
It’s the middle of exams – I’ve got to catch up on some lectures and start my assignments. Can I be bothered to walk to and from my much-loved Philip Robinson library, knowing I might not be able to find a free seat?

Deadlines are just around the corner, so I need to be in the right headspace to optimise my productivity. In that respect the silent study area is my go-to option. In a peaceful setting with nothing but the sound of other students typing away on their keyboards, I can power through.

Libraries can also be a nice breather from a lively environment at home – I think it’s important to have two separate places when it comes to studying and relaxing. Plus, knowing I’m off to the Philip Robinson gets me out of bed and in the right mindset for the day. 

I think it’s important to have two separate places when it comes to studying and relaxing.

However, because everyone there is constantly walking around to fill up their water bottles or just to have a break, it’s very easy to get distracted - to the point where you're looking at those around you more than your laptop.

On the other hand, working from the comfort of my own home does have its drawbacks as well. Although I don't need to worry about my outfit or my unkempt hair, being surrounded by chatty, vibrant flatmates can effect my concentration – and not in a good way. In the space of five minutes, the lounge can go from a quiet study session to a wild music festival.

So, it all comes down to the type of work I need to do. If I’m planning an essay and need to read some articles I’ll favour the library over home, but if I’m just jotting notes down from a PowerPoint presentation my lively flat will be just right.

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