We have all tried heading to the library for a marathon study session before an exam only to find that we spent a good bit of that time unfocused and distracted. The Pomodoro technique is a great tool to help you focus better when studying. Next time you need to study, try out the Pomodoro technique which is a structured series of shorter periods of focus that builds in time for your brain to take a break. Here's the general structure:
- Select a single task to focus on
- Set a timer for 25-30 min. and work continuously until the timer goes off
- Take a productive 5 min. break-walk around, get a snack, relax
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 for 4 rounds
- Take a longer (20-30 min.) break
Check out this video to learn more about the Pomodoro Technique and how to make it part of your routine.
If you want to try it out, check out these helpful apps to keep you motivated. Forest and Flora are most popular among Pitt students!