Finals are coming can you feel them? When studying at home or on campus is just not an option, students everywhere flock to cafés. With their abundance of caffeinated beverages and sweet treats, they can be the perfect study spots; that is, if you know how to do it properly. Without further ado, here’s our guide to studying for finals in a café without losing your mind:
Bring headphones. You won’t realize how loud a café is until you’re trying to concentrate in one. People’s personal conversations are so annoying and don’t even get me started on the sound of that espresso machine. Well guess what, those things are supposed to be there, you’re the one who’s out of place with your giant book-bag and stack of notebooks. Don’t complain about their noise; just drown them out with a good playlist.
Dress in layers. Don’t give yourself any excuse to leave. Be comfortable without looking messy and wear something you’ll be comfortable sitting in for hours on end.
Don’t go hungry but be prepared to eat. Ordering food in a café is a great excuse for a study break. When you get to the café order a coffee or tea and sip on that for a while. An hour or two later, order some food and use the time before it comes to do some real cramming. When your food arrives, take a study break and enjoy it. Depending on how much you have left to do you can either get the check and leave or repeat the process.
Bring water. I always get thirsty when I study. Bringing your own water ensures that you stay properly hydrated without bugging your server.
Go Alone. Seriously, go alone. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cafes can be crazy distracting on their own. If you really have work you need to get done, don’t bring a friend.
Put your phone away. First put in on vibrate and then put it in your bag. Don’t pay attention to it. Seriously. Study, be productive, and look at your phone later.
Bring more than one thing to do. This one might be kind of controversial, but I’m a big believer in working on multiple projects at once. Sometimes your brain just won’t let you focus on the thing you planned on doing. This is no excuse to waste a valuable study session (I mean, you already got dressed and made it all the way to the café, right?). If you bring a secondary project with you, you’re guaranteed to get something done, no matter how difficult it is to focus.
Don’t host a study party. This goes right along with “go alone” above. Study parties in public are rarely effective and really annoy the other guests at the café. Instead of gathering at your favorite café to study with friends, gather there for celebratory post-study-session lattes and cookies.