Finals are swiftly approaching! Do you know where to prepare?

By now, I am sure most of us have discovered what study methods do and don’t work for us, what environments we find distracting, or what time our brain decides to shut off for the night. Research has shown that our brain associates the information you take in with your surroundings, even if you are not aware of it.

If you have not found the right study spot for yourself, here are some I recommend both on and off campus:

1) Library – I know this may seem like a giveaway. However, if you have time between classes, there are many desks, large tables, and study rooms that are first come first serve in the library.
2) Study rooms – there are a few rooms you’ll find in the halls with large tables and white boards in the rooms, good for group study sessions!
3) Classrooms – another great option for group studying, plenty of desks and a whiteboard in the room. Just be sure to check the schedules by the doors to ensure you won’t be interfering with someone’s class time.
4) Coffee shops – for example, there are 2 Starbucks on baseline, one to the right and one to the left of school. Yes, they are well known for their coffee, but they also have am abundant number of tables and outlets for students like us to use and get work done.
5) Public libraries – check out a local public library, there are several in Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, and other surrounding towns, many of which have rooms specifically set for quiet studying.

Here are some extra tips to help you study!


  • Studying around the smell of food
  • Dim lighting
  • Having your phone somewhere you can easily see or reach it
  • Being in pajamas or being “too comfy”
  • Studying somewhere you can fall asleep; being able to just “rest your eyes” while studying in bed or on the couch can turn in to an unplanned study break!


  • Dedicated studying times
  • Study buddies
  • A consistent location at a desk or table to study upon
  • Brain snacks such as almonds, edamame or dark chocolate

But, no matter where you study just remember, you got this! Good luck to all the students during finals!