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Question #89398 posted on 04/19/2017 7:44 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some good ways to take study breaks in the library? When I'm studying in my dorm, I take breaks by dancing around for a few songs or talking to my roommate, but when I'm in the library my study breaks are typically just going on the internet. This is a problem because it often turns into wasting a long time instead of the 10 minutes I intended. So, what would be some fun ways to give my brain a lil fieldtrip when I'm in the library that don't involve the internet, but are quiet things I can do in public?

-asking this question happens to be a study break


Dear person,

Take a 10 minute nap. It's the best.



Dear azalea,

Make friends with the people at one of the reference desks. A couple years ago I started out getting to know the library commons Help desk—just chatting for a couple minutes at a time with them whenever they weren't busy—gradually getting to know all of them. I did make a few friends at Circulation and the science and reference desk on the second floor, but in the end the third floor help desk was my favorite. They were and are some of my favorite people at BYU. We knew each other's names and let each other know what was going on in our lives. When I was frustrated with life, or excited about something, or maybe just wanted to chat the desk was there for me. They were my friends, and all I had to do to get to know them was ask.

While many of the specific desk people I knew have moved on, the people still there maintain their personal approach. Try saying hi sometime. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


--Ardilla Feroz


Dear Writing this answer happens to be a study break,

My go-to method seems to be staring off into space for hours... I can't say I'd particularly recommend this, though.

An actual suggestion would be to move study locations. Walk around the library (or wherever you're studying), and search for a new little room or niche to study in next. That way you can get in some walking, and hopefully discover cool new places.


posted on 04/21/2017 4:34 a.m.
Additionally, consider downloading a few low-impact games onto your phone. Paper.io or 2048 require very little brainpower/concentration and are very fun for a few minutes, but are not going to take up more than 10 minutes.