Shruti07 December 2015 18:53
Where can I study?
With Semester 1 exams coming up and deadlines looming, it may not always be that easy to find a place to study with the atmosphere, resources and requirements. So here are some places that you can study at different times a day and with different environments and resources.
- Library – yes, this is the obvious one so I’ve put it first. Hartley Library is easily the largest space on campus for students to work. There are many individual work spaces, group study tables, silent working and also some bookable group study rooms. In here are also a lot of books/course collections that you may need. If your subject is generally based on another campus (i.e. Southampton General Hospital, Avenue, NOCS or Winchester School of Art) you may prefer to work in the libraries on those campuses as they may be better stocked with books and resources that are relevant to you. Libraries at Avenue and SGH have extended their opening hours this year – so it should give you more choice about when you study with the resources you need.
- Murray Building (B58) – this building is booked out most of the day because of lectures/labs but the computer labs are open 24 hours a day Monday-Friday. The computer labs are also open on the weekend during the day (until 1800) for use. There aren’t any resources in terms of books etc but all the computers in there should have the software you need to complete your work (if it doesn’t let me know and I’ll see what I can do!)
- Physics Building (B46) – What used to be just the foyer in this building was refurbished over Summer and is now a great study space. There are resources for Physics there, but there are also tables and chairs for private study. The building is not open for extended hours, just the standard hours of most University buildings – but it’s a change of scenery if you want to study there during the day.
- Life Sciences Building (B85) – if you enter through the entrance next to B32 (next to Lattes inside!) to your left is a social learning space. It’s just table and chairs, but it’s a good spot if you have what you need with you. The round tables are good for independent study or group work – depending on your preference. It’s only open for the standard hours as most other University Buildings, but it’s good for a bit of work during the day.
- Empty Lecture Theatres/ Seminar Rooms – I’ve been working with iSolutions to work on a way that allows you to find empty lecture/seminar spaces during the working day in case you want to use them to study. Sometimes you don’t want to venture over to the library or perhaps you don’t like working there – this is a good alternative. You can use the following link to find out which rooms are available during a given time slot: http://tools.southampton.ac.uk/room-finder/ Currently , you can not book these spaces but if they have not been booked/are empty you can use them to study in. If there is a lot of take up on this, I can look at the possibility of getting this function added the the MySouthampton mobile app (in a similar way to how you can see available workstations)
- Home – sounds like another obvious one, but it’s got a lot easier to work at home as the Southampton Virtual Environmemt (SVE) has been improved. This is where you can access a University computer as you would logging on to a physical workstation on campus. You can access your documents and also much of the specialist software that you may need is available also. Over the last couple of months, the number of applications available has been doubles – the complete list can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/southampton_virtual_environment/faq.php#1131 If there’s any software that you need, that isn’t available, please drop me a message and I’ll pass back it back to iSolutions. Some software isn’t on the SVE for technical or licencing reasons, therefore, there is continuing work being done to improve this.
- Mayflower Halls Study Space – for those of you living in Mayflower, there is a purpose built study area near the common room. It’s a relatively new area, in case you want to study somewhere that’s not your bedroom without having to go too far. It’s great for group study as well as individual study.
- Public Libraries – no, they won’t necessarily have the resources that you need but it’s a good option for private study/group work if you have what you need. It’s a quiet space away from the distractions of home. There are libraries on Burgess Road, Portswood Road and in the town centre – use the following link to find your nearest library: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/libraries-museums/using-library/find-library.aspx
- SUSU Revision Space (B42) – after Christmas for the main revision period, there will be some spaces booked for study in the Union Building. Where and when will be advertised in due course but there definitely will be some space reserved for revision space. They are great for some quiet personal study or for group work.
These are only eight of the different places you have to choose from, you might prefer to work at a friends place together, or hide out in a local cafe/restaurant that is willing to have you. The point is, there are lots more options that just the library as many people originally think. If you’ve got any questions about exams or can suggest any other study spaces let me know. If you are worrying/stressed about exams/assignments please contact The Advice Centre – they are there to help and support you.