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The Pomodoro Technique

This week we’re reminding you about The Pomodoro Technique. Have you tried studying with this organized and timed study strategy? The Pomodoro Technique is a very efficient time management method that can help you drastically in your studies! Below are the key points of The Pomodoro Technique to study smarter, not harder.

Break large tasks into smaller segments: Some tasks can be so huge, it’s intimidating. It’s helpful to break large tasks like this into smaller, more manageable, segments. In order to break those larger tasks into smaller chunks, you need to examine all parts, think about the order of the parts, have a plan in mind, and remember to look at the overall picture. Breaking large tasks into smaller segments helps with overall motivation of what you need to accomplish. For example, when studying the Respiratory System, you can break down studying into Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology sections. In addition, having multiple smaller segments allows you to avoid procrastination and stress.

25 minute study bursts: Focus on what you can achieve in the 25 minute segment and get it done! A break is coming, but now is the time to absorb all the information you can and push forward. By utilizing a 25 minute study burst, this allows you to focus completely on the task at hand without trying to multitask on something else. Breaks help to alleviate an overloaded state of mind and can help you get more done in the long run. Don’t forget to turn your phone on silent for these bursts to avoid extra distractions!

Set a timer: Using a timer can be extremely beneficial to stick with the time schedule and keep yourself on track. We recommend using a timer that is not on your hone so you’re not tempted to check your phone during this time. Different websites even have free Pomodoro timers online that you can utilize. Make an oath to yourself that you will work on the task until the timer is fully complete. By doing this, you will really appreciate your break and get more done. If you don’t complete everything in those 25 minutes, don’t worry! Just write everything down you need to complete during the next pomodoro interval. 

5 minute break: You can do a lot in 5 minutes! It is important to have some break ideas in mind before you start each study burst so you can use this rest time more effectively. A few break options could include: a quick yoga session, grab a glass of water, stretch, or listen to your favorite song. This break time is meant to be a break, and not working more on the task at hand. Make sure to take some time away from your desk so you’re not tempted to keep going. The goal is to give your mind and body the proper reset it needs, so you can get back to work afterwards feeling more energized and refreshed.

infographic of the pomodoro technique

Conquer procrastination:
By using the Pomodoro Technique, you can conquer procrastination, maintain productivity and focus to tackle those intimidating large study tasks. With the Pomodoro Technique, you can commit to rocking the 25 minutes study intervals and look forward to your 5 minute study break. If you complete one pomodoro, reward yourself! Rewarding yourself is a great incentive to keep yourself motivated and on track. If you need to, have a friend or family member check on you to help keep you accountable. 

Build a 25 minute Picmonic Custom Playlist: Make your study bursts easier and lose no time searching for topics by gathering your choice of short 2-3 minute videos into one 25-minute custom playlist on Picmonic. With the ability to see how much time it will take you to complete each playlist, you will be on your way in no time. You can create multiple playlists for each pomodoro based on the things you are trying to accomplish. You can do it!

It’s time to study smarter, not harder. Using the Pomodoro Technique in addition to Picmonic will help you effectively manage your time. Take these key points and use them to your advantage. We believe in you!

pomodoro playlist

As Picmonic’s lead Student Success Ninja, Shea works to improve Picmonic for students across the globe.
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