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Best places to study for UIC students

By: Kendra Tate (

With midterms right around the corner for some students, looking for quiet, comfortable spots where they can study is a must.

A location I favor is the Richard Daley Library on East campus located at 801 S. Morgan. “Silent Hall” on the 3rd floor is great for concentrating as well as a quiet section located in on the East side of the 2nd floor. For group studying, the 4th floor of the library is beneficial as well as the IDEA Commons on the first floor.

The “IDEA Commons,” within Daley Library, features lounges, study areas, classrooms, and interactive and performance spaces. This was done in the past year or so when the UIC Daley Library has undergone a complete transformation. The once plain, out-of-date space was revived into a dynamic center for research, presentations, group study, tutoring, and socializing.

Some of the studying amenities offered in the IDEA Commons are: dry-erase boards for working math problems, seminar rooms that have a technological interface for small group work and presentation prep, a quiet area for reading, as well as a computer lab nearby for any extra research. Some of these spots are definitely first-come first serve and others could be reserved; so if you want to get a good spot to study, you will have to make it before noon, which is the time a plethora of students grab lunch and head to these locations.

On West campus, in the UIC Medical District, there is the Library of Health Sciences located at 1750 W. Polk. This library is especially beneficial for medical students because of the location and resources available. Study rooms are accessible for students who want to work alone or in groups, but only on a first come, first serve basis or they could be reserved through the Daley Library of the LHS library. The third floor is exclusively for quiet studying.

Sometimes being a commuter, traveling back and forth to and from campus can be tiring, especially now that the weather is getting colder. Libraries and study spots on campus can get crowded quickly as well. Chicago Public Libraries have hundreds of locations in the city and can be accessed by public transportation with U-Passes. The libraries are open to the public and also suitable for studying and reading. The closest public libraries near campus are the Theodore Roosevelt Branch (1101 W. Taylor) and the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street). More locations for CPLs can be found at

Students who live within the Residence Halls at UIC have the advantage of study lounges and access to Peer Mentors that provide studying in their respective areas called “The Learning Resource Center,” or LRC. In the LRC there are hot beverages, study spaces, books, computers, and staffed tutors (Peer Mentors). There are even spaces even large enough for group study sessions.

Various cafes like the Rebecca Port Center Cafe (601 S. Morgan), empty lecture classrooms, and other discrete spots on-campus are also fine for studying. If the weather allows it, studying outside is even refreshing whether it’s with a group or an individual.

Also, UIC has various academic support services in Student Services Building (SSB) with departments like the African-American Academic Network (AAAN), Latino American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES), the Native American Support Program (NASP), and Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). All of these resources have study space for students and staffed tutors to help as well.

General Tips for Studying:

1. Always ask questions during lecture. Don’t be shy or embarrassed if you don’t understand something, you’re in college to learn. If you don’t want to ask during class, as a T.A. or your professor in private or send an email.

2. Use note cards to study. It may sound elementary, but this can be very helpful for memorizing terms

3. Don’t stress yourself. Doing too much studying may have a worse effect.4. Don’t cram the night before, study about two weeks prior of the exam so you will know the information.

5. Do what works for you. If you understand work best by studying by yourself or with a group, if it helps you go for it.

6. Ask classmates for help if you need it.

7.  Stay positive and confident!

Good Luck.


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