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Coffitivity – Audio to Help Productivity 

Cost: Free basic with paid features | Platforms: Website for Desktop & Laptop and App for Smartphone. 

The website and App, Coffitivity, have been around for a few years and hosts a variety of background sounds like people chatting in coffee shops and canteens. Silence can be distracting for some so if you like the sounds of a social setting then you can try the 3 free ambient sounds and get a feel for this type of tool. 

Most useful for: These sounds for some can fade into the background and make you feel like you are somewhere with people. If this type of sound motivates you then try it out when you studying or reading.

the coffitivity website and the ambient sound options.

Its key features are: 

  • Sometimes procrastination can be alleviated by finding the right sounds that support you to get into the study mindset. 

  • It can in some cases help block distracting noises. 

  • Sound is powerful tool to control your mindset. Take the time to explore different types of sounds and their effect on you. Explore what types of sounds or music help you to concentrate and study and others to keep you motivated.

Our Top Tip: 

  • Sounds can be a powerful way to motivate, calm or focus your attention.  Explore this app/ website and see how it works for you.
  • YouTube also has these types of ambient sounds so explore YouTube for sounds of rain, water and coffee shops. 

Demonstration of Coffitivity in Action 

Video source: Alistair Cohen YouTube channel 

Go to the Coffitivity Website> 

For more Advice:  

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation. 

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