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Students share their favorite study spots in Ladue

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 It seems the Ladue student body is constantly hard at work. Hundred-page readings, calculus homework and last-minute test cramming keeps students up to all hours of the night.  Just as each student possesses unique learning habits, they also prefer a variety of study mechanisms, whether this be individually, in a group setting or somewhere in between. Panorama asked Ladue students where their favorite places to study are.

Starting off, the St. Louis County Library offers an optimal space for students looking to really dive into their textbooks. Many ACT and SAT tutors hold sessions here in the main area. The library is split into sections depending on noise level. The main area is geared toward group study sessions, while the no-noise reference section is strictly reserved for individual work. Students at the library can take advantage of its versatility, moving throughout sections depending on the focus level homework assignments demand. Freshman George Wehrle prefers to work at the library. “It’s quiet and you can get stuff done,” Wehrle said.  

The St. Louis County Library

Another place frequented by studious Ladue teens is St. Louis Bread Company. Bread Co offers something that the library doesn’t: food. Many students work well in an environment where a warm bread bowl is easily accessible. With a large menu, students hardly have to break from their studies to eat dinner. Bread Co has booths and tables that are ideal for study groups, but does not offer a quiet study area like the library. Senior Lila Bensky goes to Bread Co on many school nights to be productive and enjoy a You Pick Two sandwich and salad. “I can get food and study with friends, and I tend to focus a lot at Bread Co,” Bensky said.

Senior Lila Bensky studies at St. Louis Bread Company

While many students enjoy being out in the community to study, some would rather work in the comfort of their own homes. Ladue students participate in numerous after school clubs and extracurriculars, and some prefer to spend time at home after a long day. Furthermore, a house offers luxuries not provided by public spaces: a shower, a home cooked meal, a supportive family. Homes are immune to distractions that can occur at the library or at Bread Co. Students can also break for naps at home, while they must power through the day in other locations. Sophomore Sarah Suffian studies at home, where she can be the most comfortable and is able to focus the best. “I can get a lot of work done,” Suffian said.

The study area of sophomore Sarah Suffian

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