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Home vs School: What is Your Study Spot?

Is there really such thing as a “home couch advantage” when it comes to studying for law school?

It’s a question many students have wrestled with over the years. And now that winter is in full effect, packing up, driving to campus and making your way to the library can be a cold, blustery and just plain miserable experience.

In an effort to help you pin down which is better—studying at home or studying in the law library, here’s a look at the pros and cons of both:

Studying at Home Pros

• Comfort. You pick what you wear, where you study and the temperature.
• Ease of access to nourishment.The refrigerator, full of all the things you like to eat and drink, is only steps away.
• Time. No need to pack up the laptop and books and spend time fighting traffic or icy roads—everything you need is right at home.

Studying at Home Cons

• Too much comfort. That couch is pretty comfortable—how about a quick nap? Too much comfort can get you off track.
• Distractions. Cable television, friends stopping over and adult beverages are all the enemy of focus.
• Too much time on your hands. It’s easy to procrastinate when you know you have all the time in the world to study … later.

Studying at the Library Pros

• One purpose. No one goes to the library to socialize, watch TV or enjoy a beer. While you’re there, you might as well make the most of it.
• Reference librarians. They can save you time and energy by helping you find the right information at the right time. They can also help you figure out what you’re doing wrong if you get stuck on something.
• Inspiration. Chances are good you’ll see your competition (other students) in the library, working hard. That will inspire you to do the same.

Studying at the Library Cons

• Time. Sometimes getting to the library is a hassle—especially when the weather outside is frightful.
• Other students. They can be distracting. They can persuade you to spend more time talking and less time studying.
• Bad food. Healthy foods and drinks can keep you energized and focused, but sometimes all you have available to you is a bag of chips and soda out of a vending machine.

So which is better? That’s up to you. But whichever you choose, make sure to stay focused and have a study plan.

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connect law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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