The Pomodoro Technique
REVISION TOOLS FOR STUDENTS
The summer term ushers in a time of intensive revision for students in exam years. As the outdoors beckons with brighter weather, striking a balance between work and rest is ideal, and finding ways to focus deeply on work during scheduled times is key.
Any work task can be broken down into a set of ‘pomodoros’ that can be satisfyingly ticked off on a To-Do list. The full Pomodoro Technique is applied using the following steps:
Of course, distractions do happen – and the Pomodoro Technique allows for disruption. If a distraction occurs during a work interval, take the 5-minute break straight away and restart the process.
If students are struggling to formulate an exam revision timetable, a good method is to follow broadly the pattern of their school timetable, which allocates time in the right proportion to each subject. During revision weeks in school, students can allot pomodoros (1 each) to the day’s lessons in the evening, to consolidate the day’s learning. During study leave, each 1-hour lesson can be allotted 2 pomodoros to adhere to the school timetable.