Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I'm not going to class.

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.

Going to class is one of the simplest and most effective ways to boost your learning, connect with your fellow students and professor, become engaged with the material, and keep up with the pace of the class. Oftentimes, however, you may feel that going to lecture or recitation is not necessary, or maybe each day you intend to go, but something “more important” appears in your schedule. Click the links below to read some straightforward and practical solutions that will make skipping class a thing of the past.

I feel anonymous given the size of the class.

I cannot make it to my morning class.

There’s no consequence to skipping class; attendance isn’t part of my grade and all material is posted online.

The class is not relevant to my major.

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