As you can probably guess, there is no perfect learning space for everyone. We all have our own ideas and needs that must be met in order for us to learn as effectively and easily as possible.
However, most people can be categorized on a spectrum that can be used as a guideline. This spectrum ranges from private, quiet learning spaces to public, noisier places. Knowing where you fall on this scale makes it easier to find the perfect learning space for you individually.
Especially when working in groups, make sure you find a good learning space for the group as a whole, as well as for the individuals, so that you can work as effectively as possible.
Probably the most private learning space is your own four walls. There is no travel to your own desk, you can set up the working environment as you like, formulate your own rules and control the atmosphere independently. Plus, all the tools you could need and own are there without having to pack them up and take them with you first.
However, it's easy to distract yourself because, unfortunately, all the recreational devices and websites are also within direct reach. There is no external check on your work efficiency and you do not have access to literature or devices that you can only get at your university or school. If you want to study with others, it costs more organizational effort.
Studying at home is perfect for people who can muster enough self-discipline and need an absolutely individual, quiet atmosphere to study.
All schools, universities and cities have a (more or less public) library where you can read, study and work. Although there are sometimes whispering or talking zones, it is usually very quiet. Loud noises, music or conversations are not tolerated. On the positive side, you have access to all of the library's literature and are encouraged by staff and others present to work in a focused manner.
However, this does not make libraries conducive to collaboration. The feeling of surveillance can also get out of hand, making you feel controlled.
These places are perfect for collaboration, as discussions and conversations are allowed there. They also usually ensure that equipment needed for group work is available. It is easy to meet in group work rooms and work together.
However, it is usually comparatively noisy in these rooms, there may be too little space and it is easier to be distracted by others.
Cafes or other public places such as bookstores or parks are the most public places for learning. They have a unique atmosphere that cannot be duplicated at home or other places. They also offer food and drinks. It is even easier to meet here than in group study rooms.
However, such places are usually noisy, crowded and there are numerous distractions. Sometimes you have to buy something to be allowed to sit in the cafes and that can get expensive quickly if you do it frequently. Especially when it comes to drinks, you should make sure that they don't stain your work material.
In summary, the perfect learning space is very individual. Everyone can be classified on the scale presented here, but there are numerous gradations and, of course, the distinction between individual and group work. Knowing where you can be located on this scale will make finding your ideal place to learn much easier.
But of course, not only the place of learning is important, but also the way you learn. In my article “You Can Learn Anything with This Method,” I have summarized the most important principles.