Maintaining your focus: WOOP Technique


Organise IconStep two - Try to anticipate the things which could potentially distract you during one of your planned study sessions. Once you have done this you can then start to develop a plan to either prevent these distractions from taking place or deal with them when they do.

Activity: WOOP

You can use the WOOP technique  to help you set goals and plan effectively for the future. WOOP stands for:





When taking on a new task or working towards a goal it is important to make sure you are prepared and have a balanced view of what this will involve. This means you will need to think about the outcome you want and what will be required to achieve it. You will also have to consider carefully any obstacles which could potentially distract you from your goal or disrupt your plan. 

Fill out the four boxes below, applying the WOOP technique to your studies

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1. In the first box, write your wish or goal for your studies. Tip: You could use this technique every time you have a new assignment to work on.

2. In the second box, write a clear description of what you want the outcome of this work to be. Imagine what the best possible result would be. How will you feel if you accomplish your goal?

3. In the third box, list anything which may get in the way of you achieving the outcome which you want.

4. In the fourth box, write a plan for how you will overcome any obstacles to ensure you meet your goal. What strategies will you use? Is there anything you need to organise/put in place to make sure you are successful?

Last modified: Friday, 26 Jul 2019, 10:33