Attention and focus

Creative strategies to help you stay focused and block out negative distractions.

Quick reads

Read about why boredom can be good for you, and how you can go with the flow and embrace gaps in activity.

Use the  Pomodoro Technique for focus and regular breaks.

Take notice, me aro tonu. Remember the simple things that give you joy, from the Mental Health Foundation’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing campaign.


Listen to tips for working from home with Dr Sarb Johal, transferable to studying at home.


Try out Focus Booster, an app that has a simple digitial pomodoro timer to help you achieve more and understand how you use your time.

Habitica is an app to help you motivate yourself to achieve goals, by turning all of your daily tasks in to little monsters you have to conquer.

SelfControl is a free open source app for macOS that let you block your own access to distracting websites.

Cold Turkey lets you block applications and enables you to add pomodoro-style breaks or a daily time limit.

Mute is a free app that provides daily feedback about home much time you spend on your phone.


Check out the Study Smarter online resources at Student Learning to help you make good use of your time, take helpful notes, and revise effectively.