Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I find my environment sometimes impedes my studying

Step 2: Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.

To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Where you study can oftentimes be as important as how you study. If you study in a place that is too noisy, crowded, or filled with friends, you may find yourself distracted from your work. On the other hand, maybe you do need some background noise - if so, studying on the third floor of Hunt library likely isn’t for you. It’s important to find a few quality study spaces where you won’t be disturbed. Once you find where you work best, you can develop a routine and associate particular spaces with accomplishing particular kinds of tasks.

I’m having trouble creating the right work environment.

I’m having trouble finding good places to study on or around campus.

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This site supplements our 1-on-1 consultations. Staff members are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00pm EST for a virtual consultation to help get you connected to the appropriate resource or resources.