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    If I'm interested in what I'm studying, anywhere, anytime, any circumstances will do.

    If I'm not, nothing will do

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    Do you need total silence and calm and isolation? Or do you prefer being in the middle of a crowd like a cafe or park? Do you like to study solo or with friends? Do you like to study in long uninterrupted stretches, or do you need to be able to break up the monotony with coffee, food, a walk?
    Quiet and isolation certainly helps. I'm at my most effective studying when I have no other choice - i.e. I'm at Uni for a few hours with nothing to do and everyone else is busy. Then I can actually be really quite productive.

    However, when not forced into study-mode, I definitely struggle to get work done. At a cafe I can do okay, as long as I don't know anyone: the moment a friend arrives my books get ignored and I engage with them until one of us leaves. General background noise I can deal with but as if there's something unusual going on I invariably get distracted and will watch whatever's happening instead.

    At home I just... there are too many distractions. This computer, people around, piles of books I want to read, etc, etc. The only time I ever seem to be able to get stuff done at home is usually late at night when I have an imminent deadline. Then I can work for hours and hours and hours and hours on end. :P

    Funnily enough, at home I just work on the carpet in the middle of my room. My desk is mostly taken up by my computer, but I suppose there's room to work at a table elsewhere in the house, but for some reason sprawling out on the floor works for me.

    Studying with friends is fantastic! But no, we don't get any work done, unless it's like a group project where we actually have a DEADLINE ZOMG. Then I put on me Te cap and thrash out what needs to be done. Actually, I really quite enjoy group work (with friends, at least). It's fun and productive all at once, plus I love brainstorming in a group.

    I actually do best with long, uninterrupted stretches. Once I've kicked myself into actually doing what needs doing, provided there are no obvious distractions, I'm usually pretty focused and engaged. I can sometimes work six or seven hours in a stretch without realising it.

    Obviously breaks are needed every now and again, (stretch limbs, get food) but really, breaks are just like opportunities for distraction with me, so the more breaks I take the more likely it is I'll just never get back to the project. I prefer to have food and drink and everything I might need right there so I don't have to move.

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    ^^

    Interesting, maybe there is more correlation to type than I thought because I'm the same way. It's actually a comforting thought!

    I find I work best or just feel best when I have the freedom to get mini-obsessed with something and can drop through the center of it. I also can do long stretches of studying (as well as reading, video games, watching shows, working on a project) and time can literally fly by.

    A lot of coffee shops I noticed are also not designed to free graze on coffee and study for stretches, they're set up mostly for quick chats or newspaper breaks. I'd be fine in a cafe working on writing, but not studying.

    I remember concentrating on a paper that I was really into in college and so I cared about the best articulation of ideas possible. I was in the computer lab and really thought the clock was broken because I literally just brainstormed my paper looking at a blank screen and every time I looked up, hours had passed but it felt like only minutes had passed to me.

    By the time I finished my paper, about 6-8 hours had passed in a flash. It was uncanny. That also happens when I'm editing filmed footage, which by definition takes a long time. But before I knew it, 6 hours had passed, it was after midnight, and they had locked me in the computer lab.

    Soo-- no breaks for me! Breaks for CzeCze = usually final. Probably an easily distracted ENFP thing.
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    I work best when I'm alone, no distractions, or people to talk to. If there are others around, I'm usually getting a lot of sensory information from them, so it either turns into social hour or I get nervous (depending on what the other person is like). My favorite atmosphere for learning is usually late at night with only a lamp on in the room to provide a nice, dim light ^_^. Then I usually just ... read, and absorb the information. Lately, though, I've been interested in learning an old foreign language: Latin, to be precise. So I'll probably change my habits lol! Notebook, pencil, writing down answers, etc. Trying to re-formulate what I read from the book in a new way so I can fit it with some system I already know about (how I learned French and Spanish in high school.) I'm best motivated when what I'm learning is something independent of school, usually. Although, I could probably benefit from the discipline that a formal education provides :/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    A lot of coffee shops I noticed are also not designed to free graze on coffee and study for stretches, they're set up mostly for quick chats or newspaper breaks. I'd be fine in a cafe working on writing, but not studying.
    Good point, when I mentioned the cafe I was thinking of the library cafe at my uni where it's a combination of people socialising and doing work. So it's a fairly condusive atmosphere to actually working.

    But thinking about other cafes, even other ones on campus, no, studying for very long would not work there AT ALL. Catching up a bit of reading or jotting down some notes would be okay, but I find actual studying just takes up too much space for a cafe table, anyway. :P
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    I can't study during the day. Not well anyways. I just can't do it properly. I almost always study at night.


    The only time I study during the day is when I have a final in the morning. I usually wake up around 430am or 5am to get some last-minute reviewing down. Usually, it's still pretty dark then, too.

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