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Some spaces are set up specifically for studying, such as study-bedrooms or libraries; others may be unusual, but may inspire you to work productively, such as cafés or outdoors. You may prefer to use a single location habitually to get in the right frame of mind, or change locations frequently to refresh yourself. There are strongly held assumptions and traditions about where might be an appropriate place to study, but you should use whatever works best for you.

  • Your study-bedroom or home has the advantage of comfort and convenience. On the other hand, it may be important to you to separate study and home life to limit distractions and help you switch off when not working.
  • Libraries are traditionally a good, quiet place to study, and there are many in Cambridge to choose from, including your College and Faculty Library, and the University Library. Their English holdings will vary, but each will have useful resources and library staff to answer your questions. The short YouTube video The Perfect Desk can give you a flavour of the libraries in Cambridge, and the advantages they offer (the English Faculty and current English students feature highly in the film).
  • College computer rooms may also offer a dedicated space to research or write, away from too many distractions (except online ones, of course).
  • If you prefer a certain level of noise around you, or benefit from discussing work with other students, then working in less traditional locations, such as a café or outdoors, may be unexpectedly productive.