Study Spot Feature: 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

 

 

 

Friday Feature: Favorite Study Spots

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Address: 220 S 34th St. (Just on the other side of Locust Walk from Van Pelt, adjacent to College Hall)

Hours: 9am-5pm (Summer) 8:30am-12am (Starting Fall Term 2016)

Noise Level: Very low

Perks: Some of the prettiest architecture on campus. Has been compared to Hogwarts. Access is open to all Penn students.

Fisher Fine Arts Library is one of my favorite spots on campus. While Fisher is hardly a secret, it is less frequented than Van Pelt and typically has open study space available. Unlike Van Pelt, which can be brimming with activity and a decent amount of noise at any given time in the semester, Fisher is very quiet. The library is so quiet on most days that you can hear a pin drop. Located just on the other side of Locust Walk from Van Pelt, Fisher is a must see and great study space. It is particularly great for reading and there’s no shortage of tables for study space here. 

Picture2.pngOne thing to be aware of if you’re planning to study in Fisher is to be prepared to charge any devices you might need for studying beforehand. The only drawback to studying in Fisher is that it is so gorgeous, you might be too busy gawking at the architecture to concentrate on your work. If you haven’t been to Fisher yet, definitely check it out.

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If you’ve been to Fisher before and have any thoughts or feedback, or other great study spaces students should know about, feel free to comment below and we may just highlight one of them in the next blog post!

Staff Writer: Randall Perez

 

Finals Feature: Super-Secret Study Spots

Looking for a new place to study for your final exams or write those final papers? Never fear – I’m here to help you find a location for success!

Biddle Law Library

3501 Sansom St.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. through May 5, 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. daily through May 10th

Noise level: Low

Perks: Quiet outdoor space with tables and chairs where you can enjoy the warm weather

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If you’re trying to avoid the hustle and bustle of Van Pelt during finals week, you should definitely check out the Biddle Law Library. The Law Library is beautiful, well-lit and extremely quiet. The library itself has two levels, with the main level serving as a more public and collaborative space. Head upstairs for more isolated study time at individual tables and carrels. If the weather is nice, make sure to visit the outside tables and chairs that are a perfect change of scenery from the stacks of books inside.

The Law Library also has an extensive collection of over one million primary and secondary sources. Its archival collection houses personal papers from famous lawyers and judges. This library is an excellent research site for Law students, but also for undergraduate students who are studying Political Science, PPE or History.

The Biddle Law Library is a great destination for Quakers who crave a quiet study atmosphere. If you’re unable to make it over there before the end of the semester, it is certainly a place to check out when you get back to campus in August!

Staff Writer: Cassie Lo

Friday Feature: Super Secret Study Spots

Wondering where you should go this weekend to do your work? I’m here on Fridays to share local study spots that you should definitely check out if you’re on the hunt for that perfect location.

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Education Commons
George A Weiss Pavilion (at Franklin Field)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Noise level: Moderate
Perks: Rentable MacBook Pro laptops, comfy beanbag chairs, tons of reservable rooms

Education Commons opened in 2012 and is by far one of the best study spots on the east side of campus. It’s a little tricky to find if you’ve never been to the George A. Weiss Pavilion, but if you’re lost, just look for signs for the mezzanine or ask one of the friendly guards for directions (that’s what I did).

Ed Commons is known as a study spot for athletes, but it is open to all Penn students and staff members. It boasts 8 reservable spaces (including a 24-seat conference room) for study groups or organization meetings. The open area is filled with plus chairs, ottomans and tables, so you can tackle your problem sets and essays comfortably.

If you’re stressed about work or need a quick break, head over to the bean bags for a little relaxation time or to catch up with friends. Students have been known to take quick naps over there between classes due to its proximity to the School of Engineering and DRL.

In addition to being a great study (and nap) location, there is also Satellite Tutoring at Ed Commons on Sundays (Computer Science), Wednesdays (Chemistry, Physics and Economics) and Thursdays (Math) from 6 to 10 p.m.

Have a great spot that we should feature on our blog? Comment below and let us know where you study!

Friday Feature: Super Secret Study Spots

Wondering where you should go this weekend to do your work? I’m here on Fridays to share local study spots that you should definitely check out if you’re on the hunt for that perfect location.

Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library
240 South 40th St.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5 p.m. (after hours and weekends are reserved to Dental School students and staff)
Noise level: Low
Perks: They have resources for basic sciences in addition to dental sciences including access to biomedical databases

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At this point in the semester, Van Pelt is filled to the brim with students frantically studying for their midterms. Some people work well in semi-quiet, social spaces, but for those of you who prefer more muted locations, we suggest some of the less-frequented Penn libraries.

For those of you who live around 40th Street, the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library is the place to be. The library is located within the Robert Schattner Center near the corner of 40th and Locust Streets. Once you show your Penn ID to the security guard at the info desk, ask for someone to point you in the right direction. The library is around several twists and turns within the building, but it is certainly worth the journey!

The library itself is a beautiful sight. The two floors are visible from the entrance, and there are tables on both levels that are perfect for studying by yourself or with a friend. The atmosphere is very calm and you’ll often see Dental students pop in for a quick study session between their classes.

The one downside of this space is that the hours for non-Dental students and staff are very slim, but it is easy to be productive here, even in a small amount of time.

Have a great spot that we should feature on our blog? Comment below and let us know where you study!