OBA StudyShare is the way to help you focus on studying, time management and personal productivity.
You study in a shared space at OBA, the Amsterdam Central Library. Mobile phones are switched off or can be handed in. There is a supervisor at the front. The 3-hour studying blocks consist of 3 x 45 minutes and two scheduled 15-minute breaks, announced by a bell. A complete block is followed by a 45-minute lunch break. You can take part in two blocks a day: from 10.15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and from 1.45 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
OBA StudyShare is free. Get your free ticket at the OBA’s central hall counter (open from 10 a.m.) before the start of the first block. Hand your ticket to the supervisor before the block starts.
For the morning block you need a blue ticket and for the afternoon block a red one.N.B.: Tickets are for that specific day, so you can only pick up one ticket per block per person.
If the block has been fully booked, you are welcome to find yourself another study desk in our Central Library. There is usually enough room on every floor.
Please e-mail your questions, reactions or remarks to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for studying more effectively:
Install one of the following apps on your mobile phone:
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Since May 2015 hundreds of secondary school and university students have participated in StudyShare and have rated their studying experience 8.5 out of 10.
A few reactions:
‘This has been the most productive Sunday of my life.´
´As everybody is quiet, not fiddling with phones or anything, you think: well, I might as well join in then. Actually, we all boost one another’s motivation.’
´The school-like setting of tables and chairs works for me. I could go on Facebook, but since everyone behind me could see that, I won’t.´
StudyShare, based on the Pomodoro technique (G.Cirillo) and on Marli Huijer’s ideas on discipline, was initiated by Frank Verbeek, an OBA librarian. As Marli Huijer, our Philosopher Laureate, states: ‘We need discipline, but without a sense of duty or guilt. StudyShare is a serious initiative to help us modify discipline - we outsource it.’