This activity is included in the LearnHigher workshop, Get started and keep going. It can also be run as a standalone activity or embedded in subject teaching.
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 groups
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.