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Studying at Harvard? Where to Go and How to Have Fun While Doing it

To be honest, when conjuring pictures of my future self at college, I never considered where or how I would study. Now that I am a sophomore at Harvard, I spend a fair amount of my time doing just that, but it took me a while to find what worked for me. Here are my favorite study tips for making that problem-set or essay less tedious:

The Places

Libraries:

Out of the many libraries on Harvard’s campus, I, and probably most other undergraduate students, spend most of my studying time in three: Lamont, Widener, and Cabot Science Library. Lamont is most freshmen’s go-to study spot since it offers a bit of everything – collaborative spaces in the basement, a social café in the first floor (yes, you can get coffee while studying!), and quiet, serious study spaces on the second and third floors. Cabot is known for its collaborative study rooms (and its fun, colorful chairs!), while Widener for its very quiet, but beautiful study halls.


A picture of Lamont Library
Above: This is Lamont Library, where many students spend time studying and hanging out in the cafe on the first floor.


This is a picture of Widener Library
Above: This is a picture of the steps of Widener Library. I go to Widener if I know I need to be really productive.

Cafes:

Harvard square offers a myriad of fun study spots. A classic is Tate, a café with yummy sandwiches and drinks. I go there as a treat once in a while to eat avocado on toast and do readings while looking over the gates of Harvard yard.

Your dorm room:

Definitely the comfiest place to study on campus, but be cautious if you are one to get distracted by Netflix or a nap!

The People

With friends:

One of the big differences between studying in high school and in college, is that I study with friends much more often now. I have formed study groups in almost every class I have taken and have found that work is much easier and goes much faster (and is more fun!) if you have others to work and check with.

With a Tutor:

I love studying with tutors because they not only help with difficult homework but also offer a perspective from a usually older student on classes and academic life. The Bureau of Study Council at Harvard subsides peer tutoring costs so that they are only $7/hour and your financial aid can cover even more of that cost!

The Snacks

Snacks are a necessity when studying. Each dining hall at Harvard has something called Brain Break after dinner where the dining hall staff put out snacks and drinks. My friends and I go almost every night to work and eat together.

Happy studies!  

 

About the author

Hello, my name is Claire, and I am currently a sophomore in Currier House studying government with a secondary in Neurobiology. I am from Ossining, New York so was already an East-coaster at heart... View full profile

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