Snap decisions

This strategy will help students to:

  • understand how difficult it is to make quick decisions

  • understand the variety of thoughts common to young people in sexual health and relationship related situations.


  1. A volunteer is seated in the ‘snap decision seat' and presented with a relationship/sexual health dilemma. The student must try to put themselves in the shoes of the character described in the dilemma. 

  2. Two other students stand either side of the seated student. One represents the ‘positive' side of the situation and the other represents the ‘negative' (try to avoid the terms ‘good' and ‘bad' or ‘angel' and ‘devil' as this places a value judgement on the volunteer's decision). Their role is to try and convince the student sitting in the snap decision seat to make a decision based on their comments.

  3. The student in the snap decision seat is allowed no thoughts of their own and must make a decision based purely on the arguments presented by the two students.