Best places to study for finals


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Students study at the main stacks of the Main Library on April 30, 2019. There are many good places to study on campus.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor

Finals are fast approaching, and it’s time to buckle down and start studying. With the ongoing pandemic, the University’s study spaces may not be as accessible as they are in a normal year. However, the University is still offering multiple study locations, and there’s always other options around campus as well. Let’s take a look at some of the best study spaces for finals this year!

The Undergraduate Library 

The Undergraduate Library remains a timeless classic among students. With its large windows providing natural lighting and a quiet level on the bottom floor, it’s an excellent place to get some work done with no distractions. The UGL is allowing students to book study rooms and tables, which must be made at least two hours in advance. In addition, I recommend that you enjoy the UGL while it’s still around, as there are eventual plans to turn the UGL into a special collections facility.

Campus Study Halls 

If you’re especially conscious about ensuring everyone adheres to COVID-19 protocols, the Wellness Ambassadors will be hosting campus Study Halls, in which the ambassadors will be ensuring compliance with testing requirements, face mask coverings and following room capacity guidelines. Study Halls will be hosted in Everitt Lab, Gregory Hall and Bevier Hall.

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Caffé Bene 

With two locations on campus, you’re bound to find one that isn’t full. Caffé Bene provides a peaceful coffeehouse atmosphere, so if you’re scared about crashing during your study session, a cup of coffee isn’t too far! With large tables and plushy seating, the small perks of Caffé Bene provide some much needed comfort during the stress of finals.

Illini Union 

The Illini Union has multiple study areas, each with a distinct aesthetic, so you can switch it up if one location gets too monotonous. To start off, we have the Courtyard Café. This location is great if you want Starbucks on standby, and the individual-sized tables in the courtyard ensure that social distancing is taking place. There’s also the Illini Union Ballroom, which is on the second floor on the north side of the Union. All study locations in the Union will be open Thursday through next Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The South Quad

If you’re starting to feel like you’ve been cooped up inside too long, try spending some time out on the South Quad! It will most likely be less packed and quieter than the Main Quad, and the historical bell tower provides some beautiful scenery.
These are just a few of the locations you could study for finals this upcoming week. Remember to take care of yourself in the process and rely on your support network if you start feeling burned out. Best of luck, Illini!


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