Study Spots: Penn Law School

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If you are looking for some variation to your usual study spots at Penn, consider Penn Law School. The study and collaboration facilities at the Penn Law School offers choice, versatility, support, nourishment and ecological access. It is located at 3501 Sansom StreetPhiladelphiaPA 19104. While you can typically gain access to the Law School with a Penn ID, please check for any changes to access for non-Penn Law School students during special Law School schedules, including final exam times, etc.

The Law School is comprised of four interconnected buildings surrounding a central courtyard (Map of Law School Complex): Silverman Hall, Gittis Hall, Tanenbaum Hall, and Golkin Hall, with Silverman being the most traditional, and Golkin the most modern. You can take a  Online Self-Guided Tour of the Law School Complex.

First, let’s pause to admire the beauty of the combined architecture styles, where the original, old and traditional co-exist fluidly with the new, contemporary and modern:

Now let’s hunt for your desired type of study space based on your preferences or mood for the day:

Biddle Law Library

This library is great if you prefer absolute silence.

Outdoors

Rooftop Terraces

Lounge Spaces

Gathering Spaces

There are enclosed rooms too. First check protocols for reservations, if applicable.

Relax and Nourish

And there is much, much more! If you’re looking for a change of scenery, and would appreciate an array of choices, versatility, nourishment and/or outdoors spaces – all in one complex – we hope you will explore the Penn Law School as a possible study spot for you!

Staff Writer: Min Derry, Learning Fellow, Weingarten Learning Resources Center.

 

 

 

Study Spots: Institute of Contemporary Art

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If you are a sensory-modal, visual learner, and/or share a love for the arts,  you will love our newest Super Secret Study spot: UPENN-ICA

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Location: 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Phone: (215) 898-7108

Museum Hours: 

Elixir Coffee Bar: 

Admission: FREE for ALL

ELIXIR COFFEE BAR

As soon as you walk into the ICA-UPENN, you will notice the essential Elixir Coffee Bar to your left:

THE MEZZANINE

Grab your favorite caffeine fuel or otherwise, gourmet pastry, and head up the stairs to your left alongside the mega glass walls to the museum’s mezzanine:

 

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Your long-awaited soft-landing will be a brightly-lit mezzanine area flooded in natural light from two adjacent walls:

Depending on the configuration of the space, you may find different types of table set-ups, but typically, you will have the option of at least 3 small tables with chairs on all sides, enough to support 1 person to a group of 3-4 people:

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TUTTLEMAN TERRACE

When the weather is nice outside, you can head out to the Tuttleman Terrace, and enjoy the elements:

Studying + Sunbathing = Bliss!

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So next time you find yourself needing a little pick-me-up, try a change of scenery…

Notes:

  • Galleries are currently closed for installation, but the Elixir Coffee Bar and Mezzanine remain open regular hours.
  • Winter Opening Celebration: February 2, 2018.
  • Winter Exhibit:
Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show
FEBRUARY 2–MARCH 25, 2018

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So grab your FREE ICA-UPENN Museum Membership, and enjoy your Super Secret Study Spot!

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Staff Writer: Min Derry, Learning Instructor

Secret Study Spots: Houston Hall – Reading Room

Houston Hall

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Location:
  • 3417 Spruce Street
Building Hours:
  • Monday – Friday- 6:30 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday – Sunday- 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Houston Hall may not be a secret spot on campus, but it can sometimes be overlooked as a convenient study spot. It’s centrally located, and it has food and snack options in the basement (always good to have close-by when you need a study break!). As the first college union building in the country, Houston Hall has a grand feel about it, taking you back to some of your favorite scenes from Harry Potter.

Today, we are going to review the HH106 Reading Room on the first floor, just off the lobby, but there are plenty of other spots to study in Houston Hall. Let us know if you have a favorite!

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         The HH Reading Room is comfortable and spacious. It’s a perfect spot for you to do some reading or homework during your shorter 1-2 hour breaks on campus in between classes. If you are trying to do some reading, I would recommend bringing headphones to help you focus. While it is not noisy, people are passing through.

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Our Review:
Noise level:
  • Moderate
Perks:
  • The big chairs are comfortable so that you can relax while you are reading and studying, but not too comfortable so that you fall asleep.
  • There are tables for group work.
  • The high ceilings, woodwork, and fireplaces really give you that grand, Ivy League feel, which can perhaps be an inspiring environment for you to work in.
  • There are a lot of food options downstairs for when you need a break!
  • It’s conveniently located in the center off campus, just off Spruce Street.
  • The building opens early and stays open late!

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  • Be sure to check out different spots on campus to find what works best for you.
  • Remember, different study spots may be better for different subject areas and disciplines.
Let us know if you have any suggestions for where to study on campus!

Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Fellow & Instructor

Study Spots: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center Edition

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I know what you’re thinking. Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is not a secret study spot. I’m here to let you in on a little VP secret: there are two new spaces within our beloved library that opened this fall. The hours for these new rooms are the same as most of the rest of VP:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – midnight

Read on to find out more about these great new spaces!

Moelis Family Grand Reading Room (first floor)

  • Noise level: Silent
  • Perks: The swivel recliners in the front of the room are perfect for study breaks.
    • This room truly is grand. A beautiful cloth tapestry lines one wall, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the other sides of the room.
    • This room also features plush blue chairs at every table to make your study time a comfortable experience.
  • The Moelis Family Grand Reading Room is sound-proof and totally silent. If you’re looking for a space to really buckle down and focus, this is your spot.

The Class of 1937 Memorial Reading Room (fifth floor)

  • Noise level: Quiet
  • Perks: Comfortable seating in front, study carrels in back. Perfect for any occasion!
  • The Class of 1937 Memorial Reading room is now a card-access room designed to meet the needs of graduate students.
  • This newly redesigned room features space for both independent and group study, and there is a lactation room available as well.
  • In addition to the new features, this room is also home of football memorabilia from the class of ’37. The glass display case features three footballs and several uniforms that give a feel for what live at Penn was like 80 years ago.

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While you’re over at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center checking out the new spaces, don’t forget about our other favorite VP spots including:

Each separate space at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center has different advantages, so make sure to check them all out to decide which one works best for you.

By Staff Writer: Cassie Lo, Learning Fellow & Instructor

 

Study Spots: David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center

The Spring semester is progressing, and by now you are becoming increasingly aware of your own learning style. You may ask yourself, “How do I learn best, at which pace (or variation thereof), and under what conditions?”

In terms of study spaces – dorms, individual schools, libraries and even neighborhood cafes – are well utilized, and many offer a variety resources, such as lounges, study rooms (reservation required for most), tables, cubicles, cafes, kitchens, and restrooms.

Depending on your preferred study style, you may decide to mix things up a bit and alternate study spaces. For example, some people work best with a little activity and/or background noise around them. When considering alternative study spaces, you may consider factors such as familiarity, convenience, and proximity, including building time efficiencies, and fostering wellness and/or fitness.

If you are a member of the David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, which is conveniently located at 3701 Walnut Street, you may have noticed that there is new furniture in the atrium space, as soon as you pass through the main entrance. For students who prefer to study and exercise right after or vice versa, the Penn fitness center (or your local gym) may provide an ideal alternative study-and-fitness hybrid space. Per Sarah Sarnocinski, Director of Programs, Penn Recreation, students are welcome to utilize the tables, chairs, and leather sofas to study, eat, relax and/or socialize.

 In addition, the Energy Zone café provides healthy nourishment:

Located in the atrium of the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, the Energy Zone features a full selection of smoothies, sports drinks, energy bars, and fresh fruit. Our shakes are 100% natural with no preservatives, no refined sugars, no fat, and completely lactose free. The Energy Zone also sells locks for $5 that can be used with any day use locker at the Pottruck Center (PennRec website).   

In addition to the pre- or post-study fitness options (e.g., fitness machines, rock climbing) available at the Penn fitness center (or your preferred fitness space), there is a multi-purpose room, which is used for other fitness and wellness related functions that students can also take advantage of when available.

What is your favorite alternative study space? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments section!

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Staff Writer: Min Derry

Study Spots: Perry World House

pwh_tableAddress: 3803 Locust Walk

Hours:  Monday-Thursday: 9AM-11PM

Friday: 9AM-9PM

Saturday: 12PM-7PM

Sunday: 12PM-11PM

Noise Level: Low

Perks: New state-of-the-art building, couches, lots of natural light

Perry World House officially opened this fall as a global policy research center. Students, seriosuly-fuckingidashglksadfjw2scholars, and policymakers with international interests frequent the space for classes, workshops, conferences, and lectures. When the space isn’t being used for a special event, the first floor of Perry World House is also an excellent place to study. The World Forum is a bright, open space with lots of natural light. It’s typically set up with a number of round tables. The Study Lounge is a smaller, cozier room with couches that students have been known to nap on. Our favorite study nook in that room is the bay window with the comfy built-in seats. The Classroom features a whiteboard that’s great for working (and re-working!) math and science problems. Perry World House remains fairly undiscovered as a study space so it tends to be rather quiet with only a small handful of students at any given time. As a bonus, it’s right across from 1920 Commons if you need a snack or coffee break!

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Before heading over to Perry World House, it’s worth taking a quick look at their website under “Events” to see if any events are currently scheduled for that day. A monthly calendar of events is in the works and should be live on the website in the near future.

 

If you have used Perry World House as a study space and have any thoughts or feedback or have an idea for another study spot on campus for us to highlight, please leave a comment below.

 

Staff Writer: Julianne Reynolds

Feature: Favorite Study Spaces

Green Line Café

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Hours: 7am-6pm (M-F) 8am-6pm (Sat) 8am-5pm Sunday

Noise Level: Low to moderate

Perks: Wifi, good coffee, friendly staff, ample tea selection and decent food offerings catering to omnivores and vegans alike!

The Green Line Café has a number of locations throughout West Philadelphia and Center City, but the University City location was a regular favorite of mine while I was a graduate student at PennGSE.

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It is a short 10-minute walk from the main campus, but very close to the PennGSE St. Leonard’s complex. It is also less than a block from the 40th St. SEPTA Blue Line Station. If, like me, you work better in environments with ambient noise, Green Line might just be the study space for you.

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The 40th St. location has a variety of seating options including tables and couches, which function for both secluded studying and group work. Seating is ample as are accessible floor plugs for laptops or other devices.

Picture4In addition to coffee and tea, Green Line also has a large food menu to fuel your studying including bagels, sandwiches, burritos, and pastries. If you have special or ethical dietary restrictions, they do have some options available including a handful of vegan offerings on their food menu. My personal favorite is the sweet potato burrito. They even have vegan donuts from Dottie’s Donuts, a nearby donut shop.

Staff Writer: Randall Perez