Pomodoro technique

Learn a simple technique to help you manage your time and improve your study habits.

What is the Pomodoro technique?

The Pomodoro technique uses a timer to chunk work into intervals consisting of focused work followed by short breaks. Each of these chunks of work is known as a pomodoro (meaning ‘tomato’ in Italian.)

Fun fact: The Italian student that created this technique used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer which is how the technique got its name.

How does it work?

You will need:

  • A timer (any timing device will do)
  • A task to complete (e.g., an assignment, reading, studying for a test)

Choose a task to work on and set the timer for 25 minutes. During that time work solely on that task until the timer buzzes. Then take a 5-minute break. Repeat the process. After four rounds you can take a longer break.

When would you use it?

You can use the Pomodoro technique with lots of tasks. For example, revising for exams, completing course readings, researching for an assignment, writing an essay.

Here is an example:

  1. First pomodoro: Find three articles for your assignment (25 mins)
    Take a 5-minute break.
  2. Second pomodoro: Read and take notes on one article (25 mins)
    Take a 5-minute break.
  3. Third pomodoro: Read and take notes on another article (25 mins)
    Take a 5-minute break.
  4. Fourth pomodoro: Read and take notes on one article (25 mins)
    Take a longer break, e.g., 30 minutes.
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