The Pomodoro Method: A Guide to Efficient Studying

Michael Bautista, Staff Writer

​The holiday break is behind us and the dreary reality of school has made its depressing long-awaited return. We all know what that means: studying for finals! For those who need a little more organization and structure to their studying, the Pomodoro Method is an awesome way to increase productivity and maximize the amount of tasks crossed off of your To-Do list. The key to this method is working in short bursts of focused work; that means no social media, no texting, no calls, and no distractions! Here’s how it works:

  1. Have a list of specific tasks that need to be done.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on your task until the 25 minute interval is up. Stay focused the entire time!
  4. Take 3-5 minute breaks in between study periods.
  5. After your fourth 25-minute interval, take a longer 15-30 minute break.

If you actually try to work intensively without having your mind wander for 25 minutes, you may find it extremely difficult at first. This is where discipline comes in. Eventually, you’ll get used to the pace of this study method and your mind and stamina will adapt accordingly. Sacrificing a few days of fun in favour of dedicated studying isn’t the end of your social life, and it’s only for your own benefit.

It’s best if you have a specific plan of tasks that need to be completed so you know exactly what you will be doing during your next 25-minute interval. Having goals that need to be completed will increase your focus because you’ll know exactly what needs to be done. If used correctly, you will see a significant increase in productivity and a definite decrease in stress.

​By the way: in case you were wondering why it’s called the Pomodoro Method, the man who devised this method used a timer in the shape of a tomato (a “pomodoro” in Italian) as he tested his method. Happy studying, Marauders! (Well, it won’t be happy…but you’ll survive).

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