Study Spots


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 * The Work Shop [] - Downtown location: upstairs at 213 E Street. Quiet, wi-fi, open floor plan, desks and shared tables available. Daily, weekly, monthly, night owl and weekender options. Try-it-out for 1/2-day for $5.

This page is an evaluation of various places to study in Davis. Some are places of business, and others are just good spots to study uninterrupted. See also WiFi Hot Spots, Night Time (list of open-late places), Cafes, and Restaurants.

Study hints from Psychology:
Students who did best on tests were those who got sleep between the time of studying and the test. Students who stayed up all night and got no sleep did worse on tests than students who got sleep. The amount of study time was the same.

The reason for this is that sleep is necessary for memories to solidify. If you do not get sleep the memories do not stick. You can stay up and study but you will completely forget most of the information by test time. Those who got sleep recalled more information and were able to think more clearly during the test.

Studying for a short period of time everyday is better than waiting until the night before and trying to learn everything all at once. Cramming is an inefficient and mostly ineffective method of learning. Spacing out studying and learning a little each day will reduce stress, increase recall, and improve test scores.


studying.jpgStudying outside

arccafe.jpgThe ARC Cafe patio is shaded and quiet in the afternoons. arccourtyard.jpgARC courtyard



Coffee shops tend to be more tolerant of studiers than restaurants. The basic rule of thumb is to buy something once in a while, so you don't actually cost them customers while you merely hog space.

The Good


While studying in a restaurant may not always be a good thing to do, some do promote study-friendly atmosphere.

The Good

The Bad

Study Parties


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2006-03-03 06:27:58   The ARC is an excellent place to study on the weekends when the library is too far or too boring. Simply enter and sit in the couches at the front of the complex. It's extremely relaxing when there are relatively few people.

2006-08-02 16:40:17   I actually go to Borders every week to study, and I have never been kicked out; I've stayed there for about 3-4 hours maximum, and they are really nice about it. I think it was the workers at the time who were idiots (for all those with previous experience). And to the guy who got mad about the chess people: the lady shouldnt have kicked you out, especially if there were empty seats, but don't hate on chess players! Let alone the coaches probably paid borders. That lady was stupid, I hope she isn't there anymore. —MelanieDelacruz

2007-09-01 15:37:06   Delta of Venus is the place to study. No doubt. —JoshuaLee

2007-12-30 22:31:14   Is Borders not friendly to studiers? Really? When I was studying for the LSAT (granted, this was a while back), I would show up at Borders in the morning and order a triple white mocha and study there until the evening. This was my daily routine for three solid weeks. I would only leave for lunch and none of the staff ever said anything to me. And even now when I go get my coffee, I see people studying. Perhaps it is time to move Borders from the "Ugly" list? —CurlyGirl26

2008-03-16 02:18:00   One thing I learned from my many Psychology classes that really helped me out is that people do better on tests if they have a period of sleep between studying and the test. Sleep helps to solidify memories and make them permanent. It also makes you more rested to take the test. Those who pulled an all-nighter, did worse on tests because they did not have the period of sleep in between. You need to have a minimum amount of sleep to solidify those memories. Sleep is a wise investment of your time. —Jedron

2008-08-07 21:33:20   I like to sit in on other classes in large lecture halls while I do work or study, that way if I get distracted, I'm still learning something! —SunjeetBaadkar

2009-12-08 23:13:07   To add to the bit about Crepeville, I've gotten some pretty gross coffee after asking for a refill while I'm studying, even after I've ordered food. That was enough to get me out. —Patrick.M

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