Studyshare

OBA StudyShare: keep your focus

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: why?

OBA StudyShare:

  • strengthens your focus
  • improves your work
  • increases your productivity
  • helps you manage your time more effectively
  • gets you into an almost addictive study mood

See you in October!

OBA Studyshare:

  • OBA StudyShare takes place from Wednesday October 18th to Sunday October 29th 2017. 
  • has two studying blocks each day: a morning block from 10.15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and an afternoon block from 1. 45 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. 
  • You can take part in either one or two blocks.
  • takes place in the Central OBA
  • has no entrance fee

Get you free tickets!

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.

Questions?

Please e-mail your questions, reactions or remarks to: studyshare@oba.nl

Study Strategies

Tips for studying more effectively:

  • Apply time management. Do not postpone work to the very last moment.
  • Use the Pomodoro - technique: study during 45-minute blocks, followed by scheduled 15-minute breaks, and stick to this. Decide in advance on the number of blocks per day.
  • Turn off your phone, put it away or hand it in during your work session(s).
  • Do not study at home. Study in a shared space with a team, for instance at OBA.
  • Do not share a table with people you know: this may distract you.
  • Decide in advance on your own rewards for sticking to your study resolutions. 

Install one of the following apps on your mobile phone: 

  • Clear Focus pomodoro timer Android 
  • Pomodoro timer
  • Forest
  • iPhone offers similar apps, to be found in the Playstore and the App Store

Our house rules

Do you fully want to benefit from StudyShare?

Stick to the rules:

  • Arrive on time: once the door is closed, you cannot enter. This is to make sure that everybody can work in peace.
  • Talking, using your phone or other social media is only allowed during the breaks.
  • A break is to step away from work. It is not for studying.
  • Eating in the study hall is not allowed, but drinking is.

Reviews

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.´

The idea

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.’