Dealing with distractions

This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 4th Jan, 2012
Activity time: 15 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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This is a resource includes tips and an idea for a peer-group activity which aims to help students find solutions for any work distractions.
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Dealing with distractions: working out some possible solutions

Working in small groups:

  • List three things on a post-it that distract you from study.
  • Hand these round the rest of the class, passing them on until do not know who has your list.
  • Discuss ways of dealing with the distractions listed in your group, then share with the whole group.


Our research has shown that students prioritise advice from their peers. Getting students to share with the whole group offers the presenter a chance to comment on peer-led strategies. Passing the post-its on several times ensures anonymity, and adds humour and informality.

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