Student Voices: A High-Schooler’s Perspective Irregular But Perfect Places To Study

If you’re a student who is exceptionally tired of studying in the most typical of places, also known as the ‘table-and-chair’, then you’re probably here to get some ideas for new places to study. Well, if so, you’ve definitely come to the right place. We’ve considered and put together a few great places to study that doesn’t involve you sitting in front of your desk. These ideas take out some traditional places, but prove just as (or even more!) effective than the usuals. Let’s get started!

Let’s face it, stiffly sitting in your chair and looking at notebooks and books all day isn’t very stimulating, is it? Many people find that their brains require or depend on stimulation to retain information in their head, and this irregular but perfect place to study is just for them. By creating such a place of energy and empowerment, the gym or any place for workouts make such a great contender for the exceptional places to study. You could do this in the form of lifting weights while having the notebook in front of you, or running on the treadmill while using flashcards for quick memorization. This one’s a great place for the energetic learners who need action for academics, so if you’re one of those people, we suggest trying this out later today. The great thing about this one is that it’s not only limited to the gym. Like we said, any workout place will do, even for the tiniest bit of exercise. For example, running outside while listening to podcasts on the topics you’re learning is a great alternative to finding a gym far away from you. However, there is a downside to this. Only 33% of the world’s population can handle these super active activities while studying, so let’s move on to something that requires less moving.

By putting yourself in the car, you already don’t need to do a lot of moving. Whether you want to drive somewhere you’re familiar with and just park or you want to just sit in the car with your materials outside of your house, anything’s great! You can do just about anything in the car: hungry? Drive through the nearest fast-food (or bring snacks with you). Tired? Lay back your seat and sleep. Understimulated? Turn on the car and go somewhere. But the great thing about this one is, it’s a very compact place to be in. If you’re just the type of person to leave your things everywhere, this one could be the place for you. Whatever you lose, you’re ensured that it’s just in your car and you can find it afterwards. Another upside is, you don’t even have to light the ignition! You can just sit there, windows down, with all your notebooks and markers around you. Go try it now!

This next one is something you’ve probably seen coming. Yes, this isn’t irregular, but it’s amazing and efficient nonetheless. Going to a bookstore or a library is a feeling that can’t be replaced, possibly because you’re surrounded by the magical auras of books. Many of these bookstores/libraries have places to sit, read, and — get this — study. These also provide a quieter alternative to wherever you may be right now, but that’s something relative to everyone. Many of these bookstores/libraries also have coffee shops next to them, matching the grooves and pace of your studies.

This may have been a short list, but we hope to have given you some insight on other places to study. At a time like this, we have to try to be as un-bored as possible. And because studying is one of those activities that likely end up boring, we focused on places that won’t let you be as bored as you get when studying at home. Until next blog! —

Jon Zaccary C. Regala, Grade 10 of Far Eastern Private School

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed is an Undergraduate Ambassador for StEPS who recently graduated from Warwick Business School with a BSC in Management. Prior to that, he completed his A Levels at the prestigious Aitchison College. During his time at the University of Warwick, Shayan cherished the vibrant campus life and considered it his home for the past three years, leaving behind fond memories as he moves on to new endeavors.

Faiza Omar

Faiza Omer

Faiza Omer has a Masters in Finance from Punjab University. She is a highly experienced Communication Coordinator with excellent leadership and project management skills. She is skilled in crafting engaging content for various platforms and managing internal and external communications. Faiza has received several certificates and awards, demonstrating her proficiency in teamwork, customer service, and administrative expertise. As Communication Coordinator at StEPS, she successfully leads and manages multiple client projects. Prior to this, she worked at DNATA Emirates Group, providing passenger services and coordinating flight operations.

Rida Fatima

Rida Fatima

With experience in education management and administration, Rida takes the lead in handling university applications and follow-up protocols.

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed, Senior Advisor, Professional Development and Transnational Education.Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed has over twenty years of visionary experience in initiating and leading educational initiatives with tangible outcomes, creating international linkages, and providing development opportunities for Pakistani youth under the country’s vision 2025. He has been involved in various government and foreign-funded projects, including monitoring research and development projects in IT and engineering.

As an Advisor and Consultant at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he managed programs aimed at increasing the number of PhD faculty, providing scholarships for students, and fostering collaboration with foreign universities. Additionally, he oversaw the monitoring of research and development projects and played a key role in policy development for higher education institutions. He established collaboration with  more than 30 international foreign universities and organizations. He played a significant role in launching and overseeing scholarship programs and initiatives related to information and communication technology.

He also served as an Advisor International Linkages at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology Haripur, he had engaged in obtaining charter for Institute from HEC and PEC.

In his role as General Manager Monitoring/Projects at the National ICT R&D Funds (IGNITE), he monitored numerous technical projects funded by academia and local industry.

Mr. Hashmi obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering Technology Lahore. He also holds MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, from the University of Louisville Kentucky USA, and a Ph.D. (in progress) in Transport Engineering University of Hasselt Belgium.

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz is an internationally experienced consultant with over 25 years of proven track record with comprehensive experience of advising corporate, higher education, consulting and training institutions.

Zeeshan leads the business development, international brand building and student recruitment initiative in the region for StEPS partner institutes.

Zeeshan has extensive experience in corporate strategy and development in Europe, Middle East and Asia, working in a range of industries with extensive involvement in Green-Field and Public & Private partnership development projects.

Which provides a unique platform with in-depth knowledge of the global job market to advice on career growth and educational pathways for professionals and students.

After primary education from Smedstad School in Oslo, Norway, he pursued higher education from Norway, Pakistan and UK in Computer Science with Business Management followed by MBA specialising in marketing.

He is a UK certified Clinical Therapist and British Council certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT).

Saima Asghar Riaz

Saima is a TESOL qualified Warwick Alumna, with over two decades of experience in student counseling, teaching, teacher training, and English language assessment. She has been representing her alma mater for international student admissions since 1998, and has successfully supported hundreds of students with their university, scholarship and job applications globally. As a certified DiSC and ‘How Women Rise’ coach, she supports professionals in bringing about workplace improvements through behavioral change.

Saima is a British Council trained and certified IELTS professional and has taught English at The University of Warwick, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Kinnaird College for Women, and the Virtual University of Pakistan. She has trained educational professionals at Kinnaird College, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and the Ali Institute of Education, and has been a consultant trainer for the Punjab Judicial Academy for development of soft skills of district judiciary and judicial staff of the Lahore High Court.

With extensive experience in education management and administration, Saima has been the Founding Director for the Directorate of Faculty Development & Internationalisation (DFDI) at LCWU, and successfully launched a Faculty Development Centre as well as Pakistan’s first university-level mandatory Citizenship programme in collaboration with the British Council. She was thus responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and research capability of Asia’s largest women’s university, creating linkages with local and international partners, enabling students in social entrepreneurship projects, and raising the university profile on an international academic platform.

She is a member of the board of Advisors at the Pakistani Schools in Fujairah and Ras Alkhaimah and of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital Lahore.