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Where and when do you study?

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1. Where do you study? (Home office, in bed, school, library, etc, and WHY? Can you only focus In a library? Would you never get anything done if you were in the living room with the distraction of the tv??, etc)

In addition: 2. When do you study?? Early morning? Late at night after work? Etc.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

I pretty much have to study at school, preferably in the library. I'm so distracted at home it's ridiculous. I study during "regular" hours haha during the day, sometime in the afternoon. I know that's not regular for a lot of people.

I usually study either in my room or at my desk. now when I study...welll.....sometimes during my lunch break, at work(shhhhh) and always AFTER I put my daughter to bed

it's usually been on my couch at home...I've had a preschooler the since I started back to school. soo I always studied where I could watch him play. But it's so easy to get distracted at home. Since he is starting school this year I forsee a lot more studying at the school library. No laundry or dishwasher to load or stuff to do there....so I can study distraction free

I have a home office and usually study there, but sometimes I move downstairs to the living room for a change of scenery. We dont have kids yet though, and my husband is pretty quiet, so I have some flexibility. I'm sure once we have a little one, I'll be holed up in the office full time. :p

I prefer to study at night, I'm naturally more productive then. I really think you retain things better when it's the last thing on your mind before sleep.

Study in bed with coffee early morning(usually before 5am). Before school in a group, very rarely in evening.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Has 3 years experience. Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

Good day, sarahjeanleach:

Some days at school in their learning center/library; mostly at home in a dedicated study area that my wife and I share. When varies based on the day of week and what else is going on, but since I'm a full time student, typically between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Thank you.

I used to study in my bedroom at my nice big desk. I could shut the door, and my room had nice grey/blue walls and great lighting. Now, however, we're in-between houses (sold current to the in-laws, haven't moved to new one) and my desk has been packed up. My husband made room on our Elfa shelf system for my computer, but I can't stand it. That room is open to the kitchen where MiL is, living room where my 5yo is, walls are burnt orange, poor lighting options... it's too much!

Once 5yo starts school, I'll be studying Monday-Friday during 5yo's school time, in my room with my newly acquired tablet and some peace and quiet.

I study where ever I can find an absolutely quiet place...like you can hear a pin drop kind of quiet. And no distractions. Also, I study whenever I have the chance.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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Pretty much studied wherever I could. I brought my notes with me everywhere. Even got a good 30 minutes of studying in once while stuck in traffic. :yes:

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

1. Sometimes I study at home. Sometimes I study at the local public library. Sometimes I study at work during downtime. If I'm feeling distracted and need to study a large amount of material, I'm definitely headed to the library where I do not have the comfort of being at home.

2. My most productive time for studying would be the overnight hours, more precisely between 9:00pm and 6:00am. I'm a nocturnal person.

I study at home or school. If I am at home, it's in the living room on the couch by the window open because I enjoy the fresh air coming in. At school, if I had time between classes, I'd make the most of it by studying and doing homework. I've got a little one and noisy neighbors, so preferably, I like to do it at school without the distractions.

As to when, I will study anytime I am able to. I am not too picky as long as I have the time to study.

I used to study in my bedroom at my nice big desk.

For some reason, I read that as "bathroom" the first time and had to do a double take. I thought "A desk in a bathroom? That's new."

I like to study in the morning. I have a large, simple desk that I set my books on and utilize my laptop for classical music. Starting early makes me feel like I have a little more leniency in the afternoon to relax and be lazy. Definitely will be changing that when I start nursing school in a few weeks.

Usually couch or bed. A lot of my work got done when I worked overnights at a hotel. Do homework or die of boredom...

Junebug903, LPN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in LTC, SNF, Rehab, Hospice.

My husband and I will be moving back to the states in about 1.5 months, so that means a "new" house. I plan on setting up an area in the dining room or in a second bedroom just for my to study and do school work. Right now, we live in Japan and our place is quite compact. I am looking forward to it! A space of my own! :nailbiting:

It kind of depends where someone is at the moment. If I was at school and had gap periods between classes, I would study at the library at the individual seat. If I was at home,I'd study in my room at the desk. If I was waiting to pick up someone or going somewhere I could study for some amount of time. I find I get studying done best at home. The library can be distracting with people talking and stuff. If I had time in the morning before class I would go over briefly material that would be covered that day. After class ends I would study full on after eating a meal(not too much though).


Has 2 years experience. Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

I studied at Starbucks or at the library, for the most part. I eventually learned how to study on my patio. Generally, studying at home is the best way to get my laundry and dishes done. :)

I studied anytime. Whenever necessary.

Okay, I'll answer questiin number 2 first. I study anytime after noon. Whenever I can. Between classes, before dinner, after etc. I take breaks often and read about half a hapter of a book (I know what you're thinking.. 'how could I possibly want to look at morewords on a study break?!' Well fir me, I read to relax. It works for me to not get out of the frame of mine and concentration of using my mind but instead keeps my brain active and can sometimes help me remember stuff. By this I mean in exams I might be trying to remeber say one of the principles of care. And I can go 'oh I remember reading about that. It was when that character moved into their new apartment before villain caught her.' Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt.

As for question number 1; I study with music on or with the TV on in the backhround playing something I've seen many times so I don't mind missing parts while I'm studying. Most of the time I'll tune out background noise such as this but its always nice to look up once in the while during say a sip of coffee or whatever and not be in complete and utter silence, for me just doing something different even if its for less that 5 minutes; gives me enough time to have a mental break and decide whether to continue with the topic I'm studying, test myself or start on something else. For me, I listen to music and need no distraction until I can get into 'the zone' when I'm writing my coursework, essays etc. because everyone starts off slow with those and then gets faster and faster. But as for studying for exams I can do it anytime, anywhere. Sometimes I study in the car before class when I arruve a bit too early. On sunny days I'll inflate my air bed and sit out the garden surrounded by books with my iPod plugged in and on days off that are sunny when I plan to study for most of the day, I use a quick pitch tent, fill it with pillows and all sorts of stuff, a jug of water/squash and retreat there in my owm little study sanctuary. Little thungs like this make me able to concentrate for long periods of time. I love socialising with fellow nursing students, they are the only ones who can understand the demands we have to deal with but study groups don't work for me. Being alone while studying is what works best for me and I live in a student house during term time and share with two business students, and I find their perspective on things so enlightening sometimes because they have their own demands for their course and it can be refreshing to talk about their course for a change.. get to know what other people go through I find helps you to reflect on your own learning, try their techniques and apply it to your own studies. It may be the best thing you do, if it works great. If it doesnt try something else. Since ive started college/uni one of the most valuable things as far as studying goes is to establish the right atmosphere for you BEFORE you begin studying. Bevause, if its wrong, you might find yourself procrastinating and thats never good because you start to think you'll never learn this procedure, you'll never remember this legislation that protects vulnerable people from harm. You will, you've just got to find the environment that work for you,


Has 30 years experience.

Currently, I study best on my covered patio. No inside distractions and I live in a pretty quiet area. However, I don't know what I'm going to do when it gets too cold to sit outside!


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