Myesha Smith, The Black Bear – Spring semester is here and there is nothing like a good study environment to keep students on track. There are many Springfield locations that are secluded and quiet and equipped for college students to work peacefully while using applications that can be utilize for their studies.
Most Missouri State campus classrooms provide computers and white boards, and other Springfield hotspots can provide food, beverages, and Wi-Fi.
Students are using countless apps to help study for classes. These apps can be used for online flashcards, book summaries, or study strategies for little or no money.
There are various locations suited for students living on campus and for commuters. Each location and application listed have been reviewed and rated on Google Search or Yelp:
Study Spots: Top Five
Mud House Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Mon – Sat: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
– Mudhouse has location in Greene County’s biggest library, there is definitely a learning environment with all the necessities like, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, printers, fax machine.
Cheek Hall computer lab, 825 S National Ave., Mon – Thurs: 24 hours, Fri: 24 hours – Midnight, Sat: 10 a.m. -midnight, and Sun: 12 p.m. – 24 hours – Cheek Hall is great for crunch time studying, or dedicated time for studying and concentration. It is open weekdays 24 hours for all students.
Barnes & Noble – Near Battlefield Shopping Mall, Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri and Sat: 9 a.m. -11 p.m., and Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
– Barnes & Noble is a bookselling store however has a sitting area for reading or studying. Sometimes they host signings, story time for children (community service opportunity), and classes offered for devices for nooks, ipads, and tablets readings.
Potter’s House, 724 S National (Across from MSU Campus), Tue – Thurs: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. , Fri: 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., and Sat: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
– Potter’s House is located near campus, has quiet environment and great beverages and events for holidays.
Multicultural Resource Center computer lab, Plaster Student Union (Behind Starbucks), Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
– The MRC is an academic and social gathering place, provided computers, white board,
and student engagement.
Study Apps (referenced by U.S. News)
Study Blue: Study Blue is useful for sharing and finding flashcards for college level course exams. (Free)
Dropbox: Can be used for saving and sending documents that have been backed up on your devices, great for sharing large files. (Free)
Mathway: Helps with math solutions in every subject of math. (Free)
Dictionary.com: Easy access vocabulary, translation and or pronunciation. (Free)
Rescue Time: Assisting people with time management software, tracks the time spent on digital distractions, could help college students remain focus. (Free Android)
RefMe: A free reference generator for students working on research papers, scanning book/journal barcodes for references and citation. (Free)
Google Drive: Benefits students by keeping their files safe but also easier access for collaborations of documents in group projects or organizations. (Free)
Any reviews or comments students have about these locations and apps and those that weren’t mentioned, can be tweeted to the Black Bear twitter page at @BlackBear_MSU.