Not everyone works well in their room, where there’s a plethora of distractions, and it can definitely be a good idea to get out of your room for a bit and take your books elsewhere. You might get a bit disheartened when you arrive at the Information Commons at 9 in the morning to find over 1000 people already there during exam period, but don’t fret, there are several alternatives!
1. The Edge
Especially if you’re in first year, the Edge is a great place to study, especially in the downstairs dining room. It’s relatively quiet during the day and there’s always lots of space on those long tables. You’re also nice and close to the café which is open throughout the day and is a great place to get lunch or coffee.
2. Uni Central/View Deli/Coffee Revs
These three outlets in the Students’ Union are quite similar – it’s usually quite easy to find somewhere if everywhere else is busy, and you’ve got a good selection of both seating and food. If you need a plug socket, you have to be a bit more picky but they’re definitely available, and as you’re in the Students’ Union, pretty much all the facilities you could need are under one roof.
3. The Arts Tower computer rooms
This is a little-known goldmine for finding computers during exam season – travel up to floor 10 on the paternoster and you might be pleasantly surprised, as not that many people know about it. It also has the added benefit of great views over Sheffield – what’s not to like about that?
So long as you don’t mind a bit of background noise (especially with the lunchtime rush), Interval is a great place to work, with comfy seats and good choice of background music. Again, there aren’t many plug sockets so make sure you come prepared – but the unbeatable lunch menu makes it worth it.
5. The Management Café
This is a lovely, light place to work – it’s always relatively quiet so you won’t get too distracted and you can properly get in the zone. There are group booths as well as computers and small tables, so you have plenty of options. It might be a bit out of the way compared to the Students’ Union, but it’s definitely worth a try.
I hope that’s given you some new ideas for places to study this exam period – good luck!