July 28, 2021
As the semester approaches, the environment in which students do their work can play a crucial role in the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their studies.
Here is a list of off-campus study locations in the Houston area tailored to the needs of the different learners attending UH.
Students who need an extremely quiet environment with little to no disturbance can look forward to a variety of Houston public libraries.
The Jungman Neighborhood Library on Westheimer Road is a great place for that kind of atmosphere. This library has a more modern look due to its recent renovation. With large glass surface windows that extend from the ceiling to the floor, natural light falls through and gives the place an inviting and motivating feeling.
The library has a number of available computers, printers, and free WiFi. There is minimal noise, secluded areas, and a wide variety of comfortable seating.
On the other hand, students who love noisy and noisy areas full of excitement can go to cafes and coffee shops.
For example, a highly recommended option is Mercantile Montrose, which is located off campus in Stanford. Mercantile is always full of incoming students and customers, which gives it a great ambience and an overall positive vibe. With a variety of outdoor seating to large communal tables for group study sessions, Mercantile has it all.
Take a break from studying and enjoy the highly recommended drinks and pastries while you sit on the wooden swing and clear your head. For an easy study session, you can always enjoy the live music and events, or just have a quiet evening with people.
Usually the shop is a bit busy on weekdays which is a good balance between noise and quiet. Most stores have cafes like Starbucks which can be great places for snacks and drinks.
While all of these places have their perks, nothing beats the great outdoors for a relaxing but productive day. The benefits of studying outdoors or in parks are countless and can include improved serenity, mental clarity, increased natural energy, relaxation, and increased problem solving.
According to a recent one Houston Lifestyle Article, one of the most popular parks is Discovery Green. Spread out on the bright green grass or take a seat under a group of tall, sturdy trees. This park offers free WiFi, shaded areas, public art, a variety of seating, and large green spaces.
After a productive day at work, treat yourself to a break and enjoy the numerous programs and activities. This includes relaxing free yoga classes offered on Tuesday and Saturday!
In contrast to last year with the strict quarantine restrictions, use this year as an opportunity to explore exciting or relaxing places off campus to make studying more pleasant and less of a hassle for you. The environment you find yourself in can have a huge impact on your mood and attitude.