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What is the Pomodoro Technique?

By Ava Kesler

When we have a long period of time to dedicate to studying, we are left with an open-ended span of time to finish a task. The many assignments, hours of time, temptation of your phone, and stress of finishing hinder us from making the most of this time. We need structure to our day, and likewise we need structure for our study sessions.

The Pomodoro Technique is ideal for providing this structured productivity to keep track of time.

1. Choose a Task

Choose a task to begin with. This can be anything that you need to get done for school. Break it down into sections: rather than just "write essay," consider defining your tasks as "write intro paragraph, write body paragraphs, write conclusion, edit."

2. Set a Timer

Set a timer for 25 minutes. This is the time interval that makes Pomodoro unique. There are many apps that are built specifically for the Pomodoro Technique, but a phone's clock app works perfectly.

3. Work on the Task

Start working on the task, and even if you have your phone nearby, don't go on it! The pressure of finishing the task in 25 minutes should drive you to stay focused and be as productive as possible.

4. Take a 5 Minute Break

After the 25 minute timer goes off, take a 5 minute break. Get a snack, stand up and stretch, go on your phone- just take a breather.

5. Repeat

Repeat this process, eventually taking a 30 minute break, until you finish your assignment.

The Pomodoro Technique is a great way to manage long spans of time. It forces you to approach your assignment with bite size pieces, and allows you to manage your time more effectively.


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