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In the modern world, we’re more connected than ever before. This has many advantages, of course, but it does mean that it’s easy to become distracted by things like social media when doing something important, like taking short courses as part of your personal development plan.

Are social networks essential or an unnecessary distraction? 

That’s a tricky question to answer, as it’s subjective accurately. To call them essential might be a stretch for some, but they can be an unnecessary distraction, mainly if you’re talking about playing games on Facebook when you’re supposed to study for your exams!

How can a student avoid distraction from social media?  

So, now we get to the crux of the matter - how to stop it! We’re about to show you actionable measures you can take, but it will require a little willpower if you’re an avid social media user. 

  • Log Out Of Social Media

Our first tip to avoid the distraction of social media is to remove the temptation by logging out. It might seem like a prominent piece of advice, but it surprises the number of people who forget that that’s an option on the table. Don’t forget to switch off those notifications, as they might tempt you back.

  • Turn Off Your Phone or Hide It

Taking things a step further, if you still find the temptation too great, you could turn it off entirely until you’re finished your free online course  or university coursework. Depending on how hard you find things, you could try getting a friend to hide it, meaning you can’t log on, even if you want to! 

  • Limit Your Overall Smartphone Usage

As career counselling  shows us, when engaging in any kind of professional training, you need to create the conditions for success. While it might be painful for most young students to do so, this might involve limiting the overall amount of time you spend on social media.

The good news is that smartphone apps like Quality Time allow you to monitor how long you’re spending on it closely. Do so, and you’ll automatically ringfence the necessary time you need for the study.

  • Create Yourself a Social Media Timetable 

If you just don’t like the sound of restricting your time on Instagram or Twitter, how about trying to organise it better? You can do this in your study timetable by earmarking precise windows where you’re able to indulge on social media and nothing else.

That way, you can get your social media fix while not encroaching on the time that should be devoted to taking those necessary short courses.

 OCA Short Courses  that Make Avoiding Social Media Easy 

So, as we can see, social media can be avoided if you take the right steps and give enough priority to your learning. However, if you want to make things really easy for yourself, why not try video-based

CPD-Endorsed short courses that are so mentally stimulating that you’ll forget about Twitter, Facebook and the rest.

Put together in collaboration with top industry experts and coming with 1-to-1 mentoring support, our courses cover more than 20 different sectors. You’ve only got to take a look at our student study demo to see what next-level learning experience our professional training offers.

To see our full library of professional courses, you can visit us at You’ll also discover a selection of flexible payment options that allow you to manage the cost more.  However, if you’d like to get in touch directly, call us on 1300 611 404 or drop us a line at

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