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Digital Study Skills

Tips and advice for students for successful studying both online and face to face


undefinedStaying focused when studying and revising can be challenging at the best of times, and likely to be more so under the current conditions. If the home environment is proving distracting, why not investigate apps designed to keep you focused and working productively? Alternatively, you could save time by checking out the Study Advisers’ favourite digital tools and selected guides

Tools and Guides


  • Online planners

While there are no real substitutes for having a clear time-management strategy (see our Time managment guide for help with this), some apps can help you manage your workload more efficiently. Try  Microsoft to-do, for organising tasks and managing deadlines.

  • Turn off notifications and pop-ups

Minimise interruption and distraction from unwanted notifications and pop-ups by disabling them on your devices – temporarily or permanently. Do this for android and iPhone via the ‘Settings’ function on your phone.

  • Blocking social media sites

Manage social media sites that vie for your attention, with the help of social media blocking apps. Specific websites can be blocked at set times of day, or the entire internet switched-off while you work. That said, if you’re a fan of social media, use it as a motivational aim by saving it for a reward at the end of the day.

  • Converting files to alternative formats

You can use Blackboard Ally to convert files into a variety of formats for free, You will be able to download your course content in the format that fits best with your learning needs. PDF, HTML, .EPUB and Audio files are now available for most content items.

Further guidance

Study Advice

undefinedFor further guidance on successful time and workload management (and much more), check out our online guides and video tutorials. For more tailored study advice, why not book a 1-2-1 session with a Study Adviser via our online booking form.