Study tips for students – Really helpful

Use the POMODORO Technique!


Ha ha… Po-mo-do-ro… that sounds so funny. Did you just make it up?

Nope. ‘Pomodoro’ is an Italian word that means ‘tomato’.


So, what has a tomato got to do with studying??!!!

For that you’ll first have to understand what Pomodoro technique is all about.

In this technique, we use a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes each, separated by short breaks, generally of five minutes. These intervals are called pomodoros.

So here’s what you do –

  1. Decide the study topic you want to finish.
  2. Set your pomodoro timer (25 minutes)
  3. Now, work on the task until the timer rings. If any distraction pops into your head during that time, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
  4. As soon as the timer rings, congratulate yourself. Now, take a short break of 5 minutes.
  5. Bingo! You just finished a pomodoro. Gear up for the next one.
  6. After four consecutive pomodoros, you can take a longer break of 10–15 minutes.

But what’s so special about this??!! Aren’t you just telling us to use a timer?

No. There is a fundamental difference. A Pomodoro is indivisible. In case you are interrupted during a pomodoro, you can’t get up. You have to immediately get back to work. If you choose to abandon work, then the whole Pomodoro gets nullified. It isn’t counted!


What if I have to take a bathroom break?

No. Take it before or after the pomodoro. You can’t take it during a pomodoro.


What if I get an urgent phone call?

Put your phone on silent before the pomodoro starts. Even if you forget to do so and it rings during the pomodoro, just silence it and move on. You cannot pick it up.


What if somebody dies!!!

Then forfeit that pomodoro. It won’t be counted. The point is, you are not studying for 25 minutes; you are studying for 1 pomodoro. 25 minutes might be divisible, but 1 pomodoro is not. It is one single unit of time – everything or nothing.


Oh! I see it now. Are there any apps that can help me use this technique?

Yep, there are some really good POMODORO Apps on Google Play. I use this one –

Productivity Challenge Timer – Android Apps on Google Play

Try it out. It can log your pomodoros, build graphs for you, track your progress, give you medals. It’s makes studying really fun.


What the fuck has this technique got to do with a tomato??!!

This is a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, or a traditional pomodoro timer, after which this technique is named –

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