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Using Pomodoro technique to study better

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Ever heard the advice from parents boasting that in their time they used to study night and day for an exam and probably wondered is that all there is to get good marks. Sitting and studying for longer duration will certainly get you in list of toppers, right? .. Wrong! Actually slogging for long hours may not be that beneficial. Chances are, you would forget most of it.

You have heard this phrase “All work no play, makes Jim a dull boy”. Turns out this is true regarding your work efficiency. Studying continuously for long hours will make you prone to mental exhaustion.

 

However, this doesn’t mean that you entertain the idea that studying for shorter duration. Doesn’t work that way.

 

There are many examples when students of schools, colleges and institutes ask that how many hours of study is required to score good marks or clear an examination.

 

Obviously, much of discussion revolves around the number of hours taken proportional to your result. There seems to be a tacitly agreed upon consensus that more numbers of hours (time) one puts in more better will be the result.

 

Coming back to the antithesis established in first para, that studying for 15 hours duration on average is not beneficial but debilitating.

To our rescue there is a technique which helps us study throughout the day and is not so menacing as methods suggested by our parents/peers talked about. Time is of the utmost importance, when we are studying. We can use time more efficiently and perhaps do less mental labor.

 

A time management technique that helps,

 

Pomodoro technique

 

This method of time management was invented by Francesco Cirillo. Believe it or not the technique suggests taking breaks and fragmenting studying sessions into intervals. So, in a way it is suggesting you to take breaks in between your study sessions.

 

Step by step guide to use study session

  1. Study for 25 – 30 minutes.
  2. Take break but not longer than 1o minutes.
  3. Study again for 25- 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat these study sessions with short intervals or breaks in between those study sessions (breaks should not extend beyond 10 mins).
  5. After approximately 5 such sessions you would have studied for  2.5 hours and your break would have been 40 minutes.
  6. After 5 such study sessions it is suggested taking a longer break of about 25- 30 minutes. This will replenish you again for intensive study sessions.
  7. Study throughout the day using this technique. You will feel less exhausted.

 

Pomodoro technique allows for mind to replenish by taking systematic breaks. It helps reduce procrastination also. You can study longer more effectively without mentally exhausting yourself. It makes you more efficient in your studies. This way you will be doing smart work and not just hard work.

 

5 thoughts on “Using Pomodoro technique to study better

  1. Hi Shantanu,

    Your article is fantastic, and I love the idea of taking breaks and study at intervals. It is more like in my line of business as a blogger; sitting down for too long is detrimental and not a healthy way of living. But when you take short breaks, it helps you rejuvenate and become more focused.
    Your post is good, so shared it on social media.

    1. Thank You Moss. Short Breaks are good for productivity.

  2. Hey SHANTANU,

    Great post with great technique for better study. Its true that sitting for long hour of duration doesn’t

    provide good results and make forget most of the things. I really like an idea of using this pomodoro technique, and especially the step by step guide that you have listed. This is an amazing time management technique and will works well on those who seriously follow your guide. As this technique will be helpful for many students and will also motivate them for better studies.

    Really helpful post and Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hey SHANTANU,

    Great post with great technique for better study. Its true that sitting for long hour of duration doesn’t provide good results and make forget most of the things. I really like an idea of using this pomodoro technique, and especially the step by step guide that you have listed. This is an amazing time management technique and will works well on those who seriously follow your guide. As this technique will be helpful for many students and will also motivate them for better studies.

    Really helpful post and Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Adarsh, I am glad you liked it. I, myself follow it. You can check out some other of my articles which helps in increases productivity in general.
      Here are two,
      Using ebbinghaus curve to memorize better
      using the 80/20 rule to study better

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