Pomodoro Technique – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Time management & Multitasking – Toggl
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Pomodoro Technique – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Time management & Multitasking – Toggl

Hello my Socratic friends! We’re here to
help you be a great student. Today we’re going to talk about a problem that every
student faces at some point – burnout. We’ve all done it. We’re faced with the
giant task – a long paper to write or a huge test to study for, or just the day-to-day work load. We have
hours and hours of work to do and we think we can power straight through it –
but we always fail. We get exhausted and discouraged. There’s got to be a better
way!! There is. The Pomodoro Technique. “Pomodoro” means “tomato” in Italian. Why
would one of the greatest study tips of all time be named after a tomato? It’s because of this: the simple novelty
kitchen timer has the power to revolutionize your study habits. It doesn’t have to be a tomato… my timer
is a little mouse! Now you don’t have to run out and buy a timer if you don’t
already have one. You can set an alarm on your phone or your computer – but setting
a timer is the key to this technique. We’ve installed the toggl chrome
extension. You can use it to track all your projects. Just go to the settings
and enable the Pomodoro mode. Most of us can stay focused on a task for 20 to 30 minutes max. After that, our minds begin to wander. We check our email, visit a few websites, send a message to a friend… pretty soon another 30 minutes have gone by and we don’t know what happened! That was your brain insisting it needed a
break – so it just took it. We can put as top to this time wasting! How? By *planning* to waste time. Just a little, to give our brains a rest. You’ll be amazed at how giving yourself a planned break feels so much better than stealing unplanned breaks. Here is how we do it: let’s say you have a huge reading
assignment – three whole chapters in this giant textbook. You know that in the past,
if you power through it, that much reading took you at least three hours. Of
course that included a lot of distractions: browsing the internet, responding to
chats…you know the truth is you don’t really know for sure how long it takes
you to get your reading done, because it’s been all mixed up with
other activities. But this time we’re going to break it into 25-minute
chunks, where your assignment is all you do. Make yourself a promise that you will
work uninterruptedly for twenty five straight minutes without stopping. You can do it! It’s only 25 minutes! Before we start, get everything you need to do your work. We’re not going to waste any time
walking around getting supplies when you should be doing the job at hand. You should have paper for taking notes,
highlighters, pens, sticky notes, and a glass of water. Also make sure you shut out distractions –
silence your phone, and put a note on your door that you are studying and need
quiet time. Set your timer for 25 minutes. Now: read. Don’t let anything stop you. What about if you get distracted? if
something occurs to you that you want to look up online or you think you need to
send a text to a friend or whatever? Just jot a quick note to yourself on a
sticky note, and set it aside. Don’t let anything stop you’re reading
for those 25 minutes. Break time! Now stop and take a real break. You have
five minutes. Set the timer for five minutes and get up stretch your legs,
stretch your back, go use the restroom, send that text you thought of while you
were studying. /you may also want to rest your eyes for five minutes. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s not
related to your studying. You’re taking a real mental break. Aha! Break time’s over! Back to work. Set your timer for another 25 minutes,
and continue your reading. Again, don’t let anything distract you. You’ll be amazed how easily you can get
through 25 minutes when you know a break is coming up. You can do up to four of
these pomodoro sessions at a time before you need a longer break. After four, either
call it a day, or if you do have more work, set your timer for 30 minutes. Go have some lunch. Go for a walk with a friend. A lot of people fall into the trap of not
taking these longer breaks, but they are VERY important. They give your brain
some time to synthesize all the material you’ve been studying and make sense of
it Give your brain a chance to do this
important task. Then – back to work! How many pomodoro cycles did it take to
do your reading assignment? It’s a good idea to keep a record of how long it
took you to do your work. Maybe make a note in your planner next to the
assignment. This will give you a better idea of how to plan your time in the
future. You can create a report in toggl to see how you’ve spent your time. Apparently… we spend a lot of time on
twitter. I use a pomodoro technique all the time – not only for studying, but also
for mundane things, like cleaning my room. Ii find i can get my work done so much
faster by using this technique. What’s more, at the end of four of these
sessions, I don’t feel nearly as tired as if I had tried to work straight through. Try
it and see! Now keep in mind, you may find that
20-minute sessions work better for you. On the other hand some of you might get
away with 30 – but don’t push it! Remember taking care of your brain is an
important part of being a great student Thank you for watching! Please subscribe, and share with your friends! This video sponsored by toggl. Click the
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51 thoughts on “Pomodoro Technique – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Time management & Multitasking – Toggl

  1. I have two questions.
    1. Should I take notes simultaneously while reading? Or could I do that after I completed reading a chapter or a concept?
    2. Could I take some time in the 25 minutes I study to recall what I've studied?

  2. I learned about the pomodoro technique yesterday.
    Here I am watching more videos about it to procrastinate.

    Great video, btw.

  3. Those hands are not Liliana's… Kimberly's maybe…?

    By the way, as always, great video. Thanks for the great job!!!

  4. Love it…..I m a teacher n I want u to encourage students with different tactics…i like ur way… How can i trace u….

  5. At 5:26 you said "Taking care of your barin is an important part of being a great student". So we can meditate also. But Socratica I need your help regarding meditation whenever I close my eyes to meditate my mind is full of thoughts. Loads of thoughts strike my brain and they are just useless so please tell me how to keep our mind calm while meditating

  6. Weird…I was doing this before I started this video…finishing a 200 page book in two days…
    I have all these YouTube videos lined up…the real distraction comes from not finding a YouTube video for the right content to satiate my mind.

  7. The pretty girl with a nice smile makes videos worthy to watch longer without pomodoro timer. SOCRATICA deserves millions subscriptions. #NICEWORK

  8. This is THE best video on YouTube about the Pomodoro Method! Thanks so much for the easy to follow process. The way you presented this is clearly presented. I'll be using your video with my students and posting it on my blog! Thanks so much. 🙂

    Vc com certeza tem q gravar um vídeo falando como vc conseguiu ter essa dicção perfeita em português e em inglês!! ❤️

  10. Also there’s no right or wrong number. For me I’ve been using the 35 minutes for working on a task, and 15 minute break and as long I use it properly it has been working effectively. And I’m pleased with what I can stick to doing which leads me for more time to not be productive, relax, and keep my mind refreshed.

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