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This week’s question brings up a common problem for college students looking to study efficiently:

I’ve been having trouble getting a good study routine since I got to college. I share a dorm room with a person that’s unpredictable. I try to set up study times but they end up inviting friends over and making noise interrupting it. If it’s not that then someone else ends up bothering me. I don’t want to be rude but I can’t find a time or place to do it. I tried the study rooms but they’re in the dorms and people walking by come in and bother me. I just can’t get alone and in silence consistently.

College can be a terrible place to try and study. If you’re living on campus and have friends then it’s virtually impossible at times. Most college students really don’t care about studying. While at some elite colleges, that might not be the case, at most colleges you can expect over 50% of the students to be people looking to enjoy college (not learn something.)

Naturally, every college is different but here are a few ideas that might help you find a place to study in silence.

The Library

The library isn’t the perfect place to study but it generally works better than the study rooms. The study rooms are usually just rooms that students hang out in. Most of them don’t have limits on people talking. Most people don’t even bat an eye bothering someone in the study room. The library is a little different.

Most people are taught to shut up while they’re in the library. If your school library has a good enforcement on sound then take advantage of it. Even when people that want to talk to you see you, they’ll be much less likely to interrupt you. Sometimes they still will but it may reduce the frequency a little.


Assuming most of the people interrupting you are friends on campus then the solution may be to get off campus to study. You might try going to a local park or something. Suddenly you’ll be surrounded by people that don’t even know you. That, ideally, will decrease your interruptions dramatically.

It is a pain to get off campus to study but it is one of the easiest ways to get away from the interruptions. College campuses are not well designed for students motivated to study.

Yea… I know they have rooms specially made for studying but I’ve never had much luck getting people to leave me alone in them.

Almost anywhere off campus and quiet would be better.

Virtual Silence

If people are interrupting you on your phone or computer then shut them off while you’re studying. Turning off your phone for 15 minutes of studying will not bite you with some kind of emergency. Unless you happen to be a doctor with lives on the line, shut that phone off completely. Even hearing the buzzing from a text message can interrupt your focus.

You can’t blame other people for texting you when you leave your phone on. You can’t blame other people for thinking you respond while you’re studying if you respond while you’re studying.

Early And Late (Late Late)

In college, one of the best times to study is early in the morning when everyone else is asleep. This can dramatically reduce the number of people that can interrupt you. While they’re still pressing the snooze button you can be finishing up a study session.

Of course, you may also be able to study while they’re sleeping by staying up extra late. That’s a little more difficult in college but it can work out if you plan right.

If you can’t find the perfect place to study then you might be able to find the best time to study and avoid distractions.

If you keep on looking and experimenting then you will find a good place to study consistently. Someday you can expect that perfect spot to stop working but if you can get a few good months of studying out of a place then take advantage of it.

This reminds me of an article I wrote about the worst time to study. It’s probably not what you might think.

Q/A – Where Should I Study?

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!


You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

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It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

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2 thoughts on “Q/A – Where Should I Study?

  • March 2, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something concerning this.

  • September 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I like the ideas about early and late. It often does depend on what time you’re trying to study to make sure everything is quiet. That’s why I always study late at night before I go to bed. It’s never more quiet than then.


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