This is my portfolio. I really enjoyed this assignment. Though out this you will see my study methods, time management, my self study habits, my exams, my values and goals, an interview with my professor and two exhibits I made my self. Because of this assignment I have a better understanding of how I should study, how to communicate with my professors and how to properly use all the resources available to me.
Common Exhibit 1: Mindset
Mindset is an ability everyone has to look at what they have done and reflect upon it. There are three different Inner voices that are present in mindset. These three voices are; the Inner Critic, The Inner Defender, and the Inner Guide.
The Inter Critic
What Is It? The inter critic is the voice that tells you; "I can't do this." or "I will never understand this stuff." By definition the inner critic judges self, blames self, complains about self and demeans self. In a sense this is good, it is trying to protect you from experiencing failure or wasting your time on something you could never accomplish. This ultimately hurts you more then it is actually helping however, for if you try it you may only give it a partial effort or you may not even try it at all.
What your capable of and the wrecking crew is you inner critic.
My Experience: So far this semester I have done a pretty good job about changing my study habits and test taking attitude. My first Engineering test I got a 92.3 on and my first Calculus 3 test I got an 86, both of which I'm very proud of and are amazing improvements from last semester. This being said, my first physics test didn't go as well I got a 69 a D. I thought I had done much better then a 69. That's when my Inter Critic hit me. I thought things like; "I thought I did better, is this subject even possible for me to understand." and "May I should consider changing my major." It was really disheartening.
You Can Overcome This! After a few minutes of self petty I had a realization. I can do this and I don't have to change my major! That's right I realized that sitting just thinking about how hard it was and quitting wasn't going to help me accomplish anything. Thought to myself, "Okay I got a D but it was one point from a C and there are two more tests plus the final that I can do better on and my grade can still be good.". I thought okay first let me look over the test and see what problems I had gotten wrong. Then take the time to see where my mistakes in the work were. If I was able to identify them I moved on, if I wasn't I started to make notes on what I wasn't understanding in prep for a meeting with my professor in hopes that he could help me understand them. Finally reflect on my study method. I had felt that I had a good understanding of the material and the method I have been using worked well for the other two classes but not quite as well in this one. So I have revised my study method for physics to try increase my understanding of the material.
The Inter Defender
What Is It? Your inner defender is the voice that says things like " I would have done well if my professor wasn't a jerk." or "This class should have been an easy A but the professor made it way tougher then it needed to be.". The voice passes blame onto something other then yourself before you properly get to assess yourself. Much like the inter critic this is something you do to protect yourself. And just like the like the inner critic this does more harm then good. If you allow this voice to be dominate you will never be able to except your failures and grow from them.
My Experience: Last semester I had a professor that I strongly disliked. She was a Math instructor. She was a really strict grader and on all the tests and quizzes I would always lose a ton of points for minor errors and technicality's, even when I got the question right. I ended up with a very poor grade over all in the class by the midterm. So bad that I end up believing that no matter how hard I would try and study that I would not be able to do well because of this professor. My inner defender was screaming, "This lady is impossible, she wants to see us fail, she wants to see me fail.". It got so bad that I truly believed that if I had a different professor I would have been passing the class easy.
Proper Way To Handle It: Unfortunately at the time I wasn't able to demonstrate a proper mind set to over come this. That being said I am now able to reflect on this and see what I should have done. Instead of just blaming it on the professor there are a lot of things I could have done to hand that better. First I could have made sure I really understood the concepts by practicing better study habits so that I wouldn't make those silly errors. Another thing I could have done was schedule a meeting with my professor so she could help me understand what I'm not understanding. Had I done these things instead of just blaming the professor I may have turned my poor grade around in to a better one.
The Inner Guide
My Experience: I mentioned earlier I got a 92.3 on my first Engineering exam. At first glance one would think that I would have been overjoyed to receive a grade like that. Truth be told I honesty thought my grade would have been a 97+. When I got the rubric back I was very eager to see where my mistakes were. As it turns out most of my test was right but I lose points 5 times for something called a dot product. I thought I had a good understanding of when I should use the dot product, obviously this was not the case. Instead of blaming my teacher or sitting there thinking I'll never get this, I looked over my test and noticed where the dot product errors were. Once I found them I thought about why there were wrong. Once I had felt I found out why they were wrong I called over my professor and asked her if what I was thinking was true. As it would turn out I was right about my errors and now I have a much better understanding of how to use this operation.
Proper Way to Handle It: That's how it should have been handled. The inner guide is the voice you want to listen to and follow 100% of the time. In that situation I was able to listen to my inner guide and learn from the mistakes I made. This is how every thing should be approached so there is no better way I could have handled the above situation.
In my life up to this point out of the three voices the one that is dominate in me is without my inner critic. I generally lack confidence when it comes to taking tests. Or even getting into school, I almost didn't apply to Clemson because I thought there would be no way they would want someone like me at the school. This negative attitude lead me to not give 100 percent during my first semester at Clemson. I took most of my tests thinking "I can't do this, I'll never understand this.". I do believe I know why I am like this. All through out elementary, middle and high school I was able to easily pass all my classes for the most part with little to no effort. When I made it to college I struggled a lot my first semester because I wasn't used to having to study and teaching myself. The tests were more geared toward my understanding and less toward what the teacher taught on a daily basis. This damaged my academic confidence a lot. This being said I do want to change my default inner voice. I want a mind set where my inner guide is the dominant voice. The question here is how, its hard to break habits right? My first step will be thinking I am more then capable of doing all my tests well just like any other student. I will think "It wasn't a mistake that Clemson accepted me." When I do make errors or just don't understand something I will take the time to evaluate it and seek the proper help. I won't be negative anymore, instead I will look at this errors as learning experiences. This is how I will pass off my inner critic and replace it with my inner guide.
Common Exhibit 2 Self-Manangement
Part 1 Creating the plan
My plan for the semester is to try and maintain a good study cycle and not waste precious time.
1 Semester Schedule
Math schedule. No other available picture. Homework always due day of test. I'm sec 001.
2 Weekly Plan
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 6:30-Wake up/Eat breakfast
- 7-Get dressed/Hygiene
- 7:15-Drive to school
- 8-Math class
- 9:05-Physics class
- 10-Go back home
- 10:15-Physics homework
- 11:20-Engineering Prework
- 12:10-Calculus homework
- 1-Break me time
- 1:30-Drive back to campus
- 1:45-Reading for CU 1010
- 2:25 Engineering class
- 3:20 Go home
- 3:30 Engineering homework
- 4:20 dinner
- 5-Me time end of day unless other homework is still needing to be done
- 6:30-Wake up/Eat breakfast
- 7-Get dressed/Hygiene
- 7:15-Drive to school
- 8-Math class
- 9:30-CU 1010
- 10:45-Head home
- 11-Head home
- 11:15-Math homework
- 12:45-CU 1010 work
- 2-Physics Homework
- 2:50 Me time
- 4-5 Dinner
- 5-6 Me time/any work that still needs to be done
Everything Is the same as Tuesday except I don't have math in the morning so I wont leave until 8:45
Saturday and Sunday
- 8-Wake up/breakfast
- 9-Physics Homework
- 9:50-Calculus homework
- 10:40-break me time
- 11-CU 1010 work
- 12:30-Engineering homework
- 1:20 any other work that needs doing
- 2-rest of the day is mine
- *SPECIAL NOTE-The homework times may not need to be done, if so move other work to its place giving me more free time.*
Daily to do list
- Attend all classes if I have one that day
- Be sure to dedicate about 50 minutes of after classes study time for each class that day
- Be sure then to use any extra time I need to finish homework if I don't in the 50 minutes.
- Be sure to set a good amount of time a side for breakfast lunch and dinner.
- Then use the remaining time to relax
Part 2 Monitor Plan
Part 3 Evaluate and Revise
Was it possible for me to stick to my plan 100%? No, its hard to stick to the schedule completely. Though it wasn't perfect I did try my best to stick with it and I did most of the time. I would say I really like the schedule I set up and its very easy to stick to.
Common Exhibit 3 Self-Study
Through the semester we have learned about many different study methods. I have chosen three of them to use for my classes and this exhibit. The three are Quizlet, self testing, and group quizzing. These three stood to me more then the other for a very important reason. I'm in a lot of S.T.E.M. class because I am an Engineering student. Most of these classes require me to demonstrate my knowledge of the material will different types of math problems. Because of this I thought the other methods may be ineffective for my needs, not that they are ineffective all together.
Quizlet is a really nice resource but not for what I was needing it for. I used it for my Calculus III class. The stuff Quizlet had for Calculus was pretty much just silly games that weren't that helpful. Most of the math with Calculus III takes more then a few seconds to answer so the games only cover theorems rather than examples. This is why I found it unhelpful because I really didn't get very much good practice. Instead I used the homework program to generate random questions to get more experience with the work. This is what I was hoping I would be able to use Quizlet for.
Self Testing is the Method I tried to use for my Physics I class. So I really think this method was very helpful. So the physics department has test from up ten years ago. As a disclaimer this method is NOT lets look at the tests from the past and try to memorize them. Physics questions can be asked in a lot of different ways to test your knowledge of the material. Because this is the case the likely hood of you seeing the same exact question twice is pretty low. The true purpose of this was to help me get into the "grove" of how it will be taking the test as well as test my knowledge and understanding of the material before the test itself. So what I started to do was 1 week before the exam I would do 1 test a day. I would test myself self under the same conditions I would have during the test. I found myself a nice quite room. Turned off all outside devices. Set a timer for one hours since that is all the time I would be given for the exam. Finally the only resource I had available to me was my equation sheet since that is the only thing I would be allowed to use on the test. From that point I would do the test and see my results. Any mistakes I made I would review see what kind of mistake it was and try to learn from it. Before receiving my grade for the test I felt really good. I figured my grade would be in the 80-90 range. Unfortunately the grade I received was a 69. Lets take a second to take away from this. Was this the grade I wanted/expected? No definitely not. However there were some positive things that came from this method. The biggest was my confidence during the exam. Last semester I felt rushed and always felt like I wasn't given enough time to finish. I didn't have that feeling at all in fact I was able to look over the test before turning it in. The other thing was my method of doing the problems. Last semester I just tried to remember how they were done in the home work and guess. I took the time to draw out what has happening in each question and identify what was and wasn't being given to me. In physics this is very important. When I got an opportunity to see the answers and my errors a lot of them I was very close just messed up calculations. So I feel this method was very helpful for me, expectantly in the confidence department. I just need to remember to take a little more time and be careful when doing the math.
So group quizzing is the method I choose to do in my engineering course. So group quizzing may not be the best title for how I did this either, group studying may be more appropriate. There are two reasons I thought I should try this method in this class as exposed to the others. First, in the engineering department, teamwork is heavily encouraged for engineers often work in groups rather then alone, so it is good practice to develop the social skills necessary to working in a group setting. The other reason was simply other people were asking me for help and I was flattered and wanted to help. I was told by one of my professors last semester that if you help others and try to teach them, you find yourself understanding the constant better. The group would consist of me, and 2 other students but both didn't always need my help so sometimes it would just be two of us. We would leave class and fine an available spot in the lobby to work together. We normally would either work on the homework or review what we had just done in class. These sessions normally last between 30 minutes to a hour depending on how much questions they had for me. I found the more I answered their questions and tried to help them see the solutions I was able to see the content from different ways, helping me understand it more. When test time came around it was amazing. I never felt so good about an engineering test in my life. I knew I would have an A. Sure enough, when I got the test back I had received an A. I would highly recommend this method of study for any subject you can. I feel you will be surprised how much more you notice about a subject when you help another person understand it.
In conclusion I would say 2 out of the 3 methods I really liked. That being said even though Quizlet itself wasn't able to help me, what I wanted to use it for was still effect. Self testing was great for anyone who feel as if they have test anxiety. It may not necessarily help you understand all the contain but I can help you be confident about the test. If you can't be confident it doesn't matter if you the smartest person alive you'll always second guess yourself. The group quizzing without a doubt is amazing. I hope that in every class I'm able to find a group that will want to study together. This method I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Even if your not the one with all the answers seeing its from some one else's perspective can help you understand the content.
Common Exhibit 4 Post-Test Analysis
The class I choose to do my Test-Analysis on was my Math 2060, Calculus 3. That being said, I have appointments with all my classes but I felt like Calculus is the most difficult so I seemed to be the most fitting choice.
The Study and Test Plans
Like it shows in test analysis my study plan is the same because I really like it. I will study the first chapter in the section for 1 to 2 hours. Then as the week goes on I will add chapters then work them backwards dividing the time for the chapters, until I finally do all the chapters by the last day before the exam. The test plan however will be a little different. 3 out of the 3 problems that I lost points on were due to careless mistakes. I want to make sure I take my time and really look over my questions and make sure I'm not working them incorrectly.
This exhibit, I fell really good about it. So far this semester I'm doing very well. I do not feel that I am in danger of failing any of my classes like I did last semester and I also, for the most part, have done well on exams. That being said I have earned 2 D's, one on this Math test and the other on my physics test. Using the test analysis and the office hours with my professors I have noticed most of the time my errors are careless mistakes. Reflecting on when I took the exams it was mostly just me trying not to over think it then over thinking it. I need to learn to slow it down and make sure I'm not making silly errors because they can add up. So all in all I would recommend you take the time to look over your exams and see why you missed things. If you're like me you see that a lot of these errors could have been avoided if you had taken the time to relax and look over your work. If that's not the case you can then go see your professor and get guidance on what went wrong and learn from it so you wont make these kind of mistakes again.
Common Exhibit 5 Professor Interveiw
I interview my ENGR 1410 professor Dr. Irene Ferrara. The reason I choose Dr. Ferrara was because she is my only Engineering professor this semester and on account of I want to be an Engineer myself, I thought it would be nice to learn about someone in the field I want to enter.
- It turns outs that she doesn't actually do any research. She works at Clemson under a teaching contract for engineering students
- She has a degree in the Engineering Science because she enjoys all types of engineering as well as she had a hard time picking what type she wanted to study.
- She got her undergraduates at Pennstate University and her PhD at Rutgers University.
- Her favorite thing about her job is being in the classroom helping students learn. Her favorite thing that can happen is when she sees a student finally understand a concept that they were struggling with.
- She always wanted to learn engineering because she loved math and science and over time she realized how much she enjoyed helping others understand it.
- Yes she never really cared where she be so long as she taught, that being said she really likes it here.
- It can be challenging hitting the right balance between home and work. She things its you should try not to was time and be efficient but also be sure to allow yourself to relax a little, in moderation.
- Be open to new experiences, don't always be the ace student. People like students that are able to interact and be more then the student that just studies and gets A's all the time but has no social life. Be able to find a good balance between work and social experience.
- She considers herself a little more lenient than others. She is worried about them not being engaged enough in the class, putting in their best effort, not giving up, approaching the work with a good attitude and an open mind.
- This also applys to number 11) Doing prework/prereadings, trying an assignment before seeking help, and take your time and be confident in your work
- Please refer to number 10
- Being exposed with an unfamiliar concept and coming to an appreciation, big or small, and understanding it.
- Creating an environment where students feel comfortable and help them. Comfort is important to learning.
- Physic II electricity and magnetism. At first it was difficult for her to understand. She had to change her study habits for the class and not have a negative attitude.
- Having good people skills, being able to work together in a group.
- lack of discipline in the sense of not understanding when they need to get things done.
- The ASC and student help services.
- At first a little but she went to a high school that prepped for college so she developed them over time.
My reactions to the answers she gave I think were pretty normal. A lot of the answers she gave were really what I was expecting to hear for the most part. I learned somethings about my professor, why she choose to be an engineer and her drive when she was in college. One thing that really stood out to me compared to the rest what she considered to be the most important non-academic trait in a student. That trait was social skills. She said that a lot of people, when they picture an engineering student, is this image of a pocket protecting wearing nerd that has zero social skills and is only good at math and science. She said in reality engineers aren't that in the mass majority. Engineers have to work together a lot and sometimes even have to pitch their ideas to other people who will spending thousands if not millions of dollars on this engineer's idea. Because of this it is necessary for engineers to have good social skills. My perspective on Dr. Ferrara hasn't changed too much since the interview. I thought she was a nice and funny person to began with and I still feel that way. I do know more about her now then I did before the interview. I also feel that is it much easier to talk to her then it was before. There was two things that I learned that stood out to me. The first was why she became engineer. Like 99.9% of other engineers she like math and science but the other reason was her boyfriend's family said girls can't be engineers and she wanted to prove them wrong. I thought that was pretty awesome. The other thing was not really about her. At the end of the interview I was explaining the assignment and its purpose. She gave me a look and said, "I would have never guess that a student doing as well as you would be on academic probation." That statement made my day. I know I'm doing well in all my classes this semester but it never really hit me until that moment that I was doing so well that she couldn't even guessed that a struggled greatly before.
Outcome Exibit 6 Values
The two pictures above are my top 10 values and my top 5 values. My top ten values are; stability, leisure, humility simplicity, safety, humor, comfort, rationality, family and realism. Then my top 5 would be; Safety, stability, simplicity, humor, and humility. Without a doubt my number one value would be humor. I love laughing and I have an easy time finding humor in everything which is why I think humor is without a doubt my number one. As you know leisure, comfort, rationality, realism and family didn't make it into the top five. It isn't an easy choice to have those over others but I feel like the five I picked were my top five. As I stated already humor is a my number one because of my love of humor. Humility would be my number two. To most people I think a lot of people would not want this one near there top. In my opinion humility and humor go hand in hand. You can't tell people funny stories without some humility. It also acts as a great motivator. When you screw up it can create a drive for you to never do whatever you did wrong again and I value that. My third would be simplicity. I am a really simple person, I don't need a lot to get by, in fact a lot of my favorite things in life would be considered the little things. Fourth would have to be stability. My parents as well as a lot of my friends parents are divorced. Growing up I would say I was luckier then most of my friends. Though my folks were divorced they were always good about never making it about me or my sister. They displayed excellent stability even though they were no longer together. Some of my friends parents would use them more like objects to irritate or upset the other without taking into account how my friend, the child, would feel. When I got older I was always grateful to them for that and that is why stability is my fourth. Finally, my fifth would be Safety. I think its a pretty normal feeling to like feeling safe. No one wants to be in your own home, place of work, school, etc. and feel like your not safe. I have been in some situations in the pass were my safety wasn't top priority and I didn't enjoy them. I believe to truly be happy one must first be safe.
How they Relate to my Goals
All of these relate to my goals in one way or another. For instance I have a goal this semester to not fail any of my classes. Humility, humor, safety, simplicity, and stability fall into this goal. I felt a lot of humility last semester over my performance. It gave me the fuel I needed to better myself this semester so I wouldn't feel that way again. Humor is an odd one for this. I want to look back a this semester and my previous one and laugh at myself. I want to be able to say "I don't know why I did so bad before this really isn't all that tough." Safety falls in because I want to feel safe about my academic standing and my future. I don't want to have to wonder if I will not succeeded. Simplicity applies because I don't want to spend every minute thinking if I will fail or pass. I want my life to be simple so and I won't be if I only think of failure. Last but not least Stability. It applies because I want my grades to be stable in one place not all over the place. For example I don't want to have to not do an assignment in one class because I'm doing well in it to try and bring up another grade in another. I want all my grades to be stable so I don't have to make decisions like that. That is how my goals
Self Exhibit 1 A Successful Person
Have you ever looked at someone else and thought, "They are so lucky, it must be nice to be that successful."? Did you ever sit in a class get a test back got a B or a C on despite the fact that you studied your rear off well the guy next to you got an A and it seems like they put little to no effort into it? Sometimes it feels like other people just go through life without having much trouble. What if I told you they didn't just wake up and instantly were successful, but rather they too also work for what they have just as much as you?
That person that seems to always do better.
Does a successful person demonstrate things like good mindset and good study skills?
I believe if you ask a successful person what their habits were in college they will respond with answers that reflect positive mindsets and study methods.
Who and Why?
I interviewed a good friend of mine. His name is Mina Shehata. Is he successful? I believe so, he graduated from Clemson with a degree in Chemistry. He is currently working on getting his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Duke. When he graduated from Clemson he had receive an A average in almost all of his classes. I asked Mina a series of questions about his time at Clemson. We will analyze his responses and see if he gives positive or negative feed back.
Question 1: What was your average day to day schedule like?
For starters every day he had class he went to class. He made sure to have a good lunch and dinner each day. When not in class and he claims the majority of he is time was dedicated to studying and doing homework. He said he would never just sit there and do homework or study for hours on end however. He would break it up appropriate through the week. He tried to never study for more then an hour to an hour and a half in a single sitting.
Question 2: Did you get a lot of sleep on the norm or did you function on very little sleep?
Yes he got a healthy amount of sleep. He normally went to bed around 10-11 well in school and would get up at an appropriate time each morning for his classes. For example if he had an 8 o'clock class he would be up by 6:30 am and if he had a class that started later in the morning he would be up by 8 am. On weekends he generally would be up by 8 to keep the consistency of the time he was getting up during the week.
Question 3: Did ever hit a point where you thought "I can't do this?" or "I don't get it I should give up."?
"Not really" was his answer. He said that classes were always challenging no questions about that. He had a good strategy he had for dealing with the tough classes. He had to take a fair amount of physics and chemistry classes. The two subjects are similar, he tried to always relate the two classes info together so he could have an easier time understanding them. He also mentioned there were 2 times in his second year where he did receive a test grade that was much lower then he was expecting to get. Both were C's. His first one when he got the test back he realized that he didn't fully read the questions and understand them. He made a note of it and practices in the future not to do it any more. The second had an essay question worth a good amount of the whole exam. He gave a good answer, but the professor was looking for a few different things in the answer and though his answer was right, he didn't receive full credit for the question and it cost him a whole letter grade. After the exam he made an appointment with his professor to discuss his grade. When he found out the mistake he reviewed the information to make sure he understood it, so he wouldn't make the error again.
Question 4: What kind of resources, if any, did you use when you where in school?
He said they used quite a few resources well he an undergrad. The two he did the most were definitely his homework and his textbooks as you would expect but he did make use of other things as well. In his calculus 3 class he said he went to his professors offices hours almost every single week. He believes he would have had a much hard time in the class if he hadn't done that. He would sometime form a study group with class mates for finals so that they could support each other if someone didn't understand. Finally the ASC. He tutored there. He claimed that even though he was the tutor it helped him understand the subject deeper which helped him study in other subjects
Break it down
So in those 4 questions there is a good bit of information to break down. First, in the first question, he talks about his schedule and his study habits. Here he demonstrated good study habits by having a defined schedule he could follow that also prevented him from burning himself out. In the second question he set a steady schedule for himself. Your brain needs time to rest. Having a defined schedule helped him retain him information better. The third question was a big one. He both cases of the tests you can see mindset displayed here. In the first question he would have given in to his inner critic and gave into the fact that he messed up and just given up but he didn't. In the second situation he could have easily given in to his inner defender and blame his professor for the loss of points. But in both cases he used his inner guide to look at his own mistakes and take the opportunity to learn from both of them. In the final question you see that he doesn't just work alone like one might probably expect. He didn't magically just understand everything on his own, he had to get help from time to time too.
Self Exhibit 2 Study Areas
What is it?
This exhibit will be an extension of Outcome 3's study methods. In Outcome 3 I talked about the different styles of studying that I have been trying out. But I didn't talk about where I was doing that studying. I believe that where you study can be just as important as how you are studying. I wanted to try out four different locations. These four are: The Library, the Watt building lobby, my kitchen table, and my desk in my bedroom. The point of all this is to answer the question "Where is the best place someone can study?"
The Library, in theory, sounds like it would be the best possible place to study and for some people I'm sure it is, but for me it is a 100% no go. I thought the library would be a nice, quite place to study and do homework with little interruption but its not.I tried the fifth fourth and second floors and none of them worked out well. If you can get in there early morning you'll be okay, but after 10 a.m. you should give up all hope of that. After 10 the library is super loud and super crowded. Its very hard to find somewhere to sit and when you do eventually find a place to set up shop its so loud. Its generally not even productive talk either. Its pretty much one giant distraction and I don't think its worth anyone's time to try and study there.
The Watt Building Lobby
This one is a little weird I know but there is a reason this was picked. I mentioned in a previous exhibit that I like to study in a group for my engineering class and that we often do it right after class. Well the class is in the Watt building so we generally just go right down into the lobby. The lobby, when they aren't having an event, is normally pretty quite. Some how its more quiet than the library. Its really nice because there is very little distractions and normally more then enough space to easily find a place to set up shop. As I mentioned you do have events in there from time to time so that can make studying a little more difficult. That being said not very often, so its still a good option. All and All I really enjoy studying here.
The Kitchen Table
The third place my in my home, specifically at my kitchen table. The past two locations are public areas where this one is private. That being said I don't have to take time to find an area, like I would in the library and the Watt building. Its is also nice that there is no T.V. in my kitchen so the likely hood of that being a distraction is pretty low in that regard. The only distraction I had was my roommates. From time to time he would try and talk to me well I as trying to study or would be trying to do something that was distracting. It didn't happen very often though and I normally was able to get a lot of work done with little problems.
The final place I tried was my desk in my bedroom. This one, like the last, is not a public location so finding a space isn't a problem. Unlike the last spot I don't need to worry about my roommates distracting me because I'm in my room. But that being said I have the worst possible distractions in my room. I have my computer and my xbox right there. It is really tempting to be on them hand have videos or games playing in the back ground when I work. I'm not saying every time I go to work I just sit there open up my notebook, turn on my computer, and turn on my xbox and think; "Man, this is distracting I want to play on my devices." I'm just saying the distraction is present and very tempting.
We have seen the four locations that I have study. All had positive and negative things about them all. I would say that if I had to rate them from worst to best it would go: library, my desk, the Watt building lobby, and my kitchen table. I rated these based how difficult it was to study in the areas. I want to point out for other people these results may not be the same this is based of my own experiences. So to answer my original question what kind of place is the best to study, It would be the place that has the least amount of distractions.
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