Best Places to Study for Online Students

Pursuing a degree online has a lot of benefits, like working at your own pace and dictating your own study schedule.

By: Bailey Gerber & Jake Hreha

Pursuing a degree online has a lot of benefits, like working at your own pace and dictating your own study schedule. When you’re not on a campus, though, it can be hard to find a good place to study. If your home feels too confining, consider these alternatives in your community to be your new studying places.

Local Coffee Shop

Have you explored the locally owned coffee joints in your hometown? Studying at coffee shops is a great way to change your scenery and get some caffeine, and the everyday bustle of a café is a nice alternative to using the television or radio as background noise. Even students living on campus enjoy getting out of their dorm room and visiting coffee shops for a change of atmosphere. Most local coffee shops have both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy them year-round. Find a place near you – and if you feel adventurous, try a different one every week.

Coworking Space

Coworking spaces are neutral locations where people gather to work on independent projects. They often function in a membership format, which means you pay a small fee in exchange for internet access, a place to work, and a community of people. Most coworking spaces offer day passes, which are much cheaper than monthly dues. Everyone in a coworking space is focused on their respective tasks, so you have less distractions than you would in a coffee shop – but you still get to interact with others. They also tend to have large table space so if you are in need of extensive space for your materials this might be the perfect option.

Public Library

If you like the idea of a coworking space but not the idea of paying for it, your local library is the prime study spot for you. You might think libraries are only good for checking out books, but that’s only half the story. Hidden behind the stacks of books, you’ll find plenty of work desks, comfy chairs, and lounge areas that are perfect for homework. Some libraries even feature a meeting room where you can work with study groups. Libraries can be a great space for extended periods of work where you need to stay focused. Many libraries also have private study rooms that you can reserve for free. There are even some that feature a library coffee shop. This could be a great option for a quiet, cozy study session.

Nearby Park

If you’re doing homework that doesn’t require internet access, you can find a bench or a picnic table at a local park. Studies show that spending time outdoors changes the structure of our brains and improves our moods. Public parks are free to explore, so next time you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work on your plate, take your books outside for a (literal) breath of fresh air.

Friend’s House

Sometimes, you don’t need a public, bustling place – but you still want to get out of your house. Connect with a friend who works remotely or takes online classes to see if you can work together. You’ll be surprised at how getting away from your home can help you focus.

College Campuses

College campuses can also offer many quiet places to study. If you have a friend that attends a university close by this could be a perfect place to study and be around other students. A few of the places on campus to study are the campus library, an empty classroom, dining hall, book store, or many other study spots. Even large universities have many quiet corners where students can spend time studying.

Start Studying

Are you ready to change your surroundings and increase your productivity? Find a new study spot this week and share it with us on social media by tagging us @iwuglobal. To see more tips and resources, check out the rest of our blog.

Bailey Gerber

Content Creator, IWU-National and Global

Bailey Gerber is a vocabulary geek and grammar enthusiast at IWU – National and Global, so she spends most of her time writing and reviewing webpages, video scripts, flyers, and – of course – blog articles. She loves all things involving words, and in her spare time you’ll find her buried in a book (probably with a cup of coffee in hand).

Jake Hreha

SEO Copywriter, IWU

Jake Hreha is a graduate of Ball State University, where he majored in advertising with a concentration in media presentation and design. He is passionate about design, and in his free time he enjoys cycling, traveling, and reading.

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