Blog Contributor: Alexandra Cotrufo
Whether your classes are online or in-person this semester, you’re bound to end up on campus at one point or another to get some studying done. Brock University has many study spaces available to students including bookable rooms, quiet and silent areas, group spaces, and more.
But what are the best campus study spaces for when you’re looking to get some fresh air and surround yourself with nature? Keep reading to find out!
Canadians spend over 90% of their time indoors, an alarming statistic that shows how unconnected with nature we are. Studying outside is a perfect way to strengthen your information retention and connection with the environment.
There are many benefits to studying outside or in a scenic and naturally lit area. According to an article from Harvard Health Publishing, if you’re having trouble concentrating, spending time in a greenspace may help you refocus.
Lighting can also affect the productivity of your studying. Lighting plays an important role in your brain’s ability to focus, and poor lighting can reduce your ability to retain information. Studies show that working in natural light increases productivity and reduces stress.
Here are our top picks for the best green study spaces at Brock:
1. Pond Inlet
Wherever you choose to setup your study space at this location, you’ll have a beautiful view of the waterfall and fish-filled pond. The rushing sound of the water is also very relaxing and calming which is sure to make your study experience an enjoyable one. The pond is also a great space to visit when you need a break from studying to clear your mind and spend a little time outdoors!
2. Mac Chown C Block Hallway
If you’d prefer using a chair and desk to admire the pond, check out the study space located in the Mac Chown C Block hallway. The big windows looking out onto Pond Inlet provide lots of natural light and is a great option for the cooler months when studying outdoors may not be possible.
3. Mac Chown A Block Hallway
Another indoor space on campus with lots of natural light can be found in the Mac Chown A Block hallway. The huge floor to ceiling windows makes the hallway the perfect sunny spot to sit and stare out at the greenspace below. If it gets too bright for you, use the blinds to adjust the lighting to your preference!
4. Jubilee Court
Jubilee court is one of our favourite outdoor study spaces on campus! There are lots of picnic tables and benches in the court which are surrounded by lush trees. The leaves are even more beautiful around this time of year and the crisp air refreshes your mind to help increase concentration.
5. Walker/Scotiabank Courtyard
The final outdoor study space is the Walker/Scotiabank Courtyard. Pick a table under a big yellow umbrella to protect you from the sun and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature while you study.
What are your favourite study spaces at Brock? Let us know over on our Instagram @busustainable!