Try this if you are struggling to revise – the Pomodoro Technique

Francesco Cirillo was an Italian in the 1980s who wanted to study for an exam. He had a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato. In Italian a tomato is called a Pomodoro and so invented the Pomodoro technique.

Here’s how it works:

1) Find a quiet space with no distractions or interruptions and get all your revision books and note pads out ready. Make sure you let everyone in your home know that you are revising.

2) Set your phone timer for 25 minutes and place the phone face down on your table or desk. Now revise for 25 minutes and only stop when the timer goes off.

3) Now you have a 5 minute break where you must get up and move about, leg stretch, brain break, get a glass of water have a chocolate or just stretch for 5 minutes. This mix of work and break is called a Pomodoro Cycle

4) Then go back to the desk and set the timer for 25 minutes again and complete another Pomodoro Cycle (25 minutes work and 5 minutes rest).

5) When you have done 4 Pomodoro cycles you can have a 20 minute break.


If you find that 25 > 5 does not work for you and it is disturbing your revision then try 50>10 or any other combination that works for you.


· If you are really not in the mood to revise try doing just one Pomodoro Cycle and see how that goes. You may find that it leads to more cycles and more revision.

· Useful when you have something really dull or boring to study as a way to get you motivated.

· Prevents you getting stressed, makes you have breaks and reduces revision burn out.

Key points:

1) You need to focus on only one task per Pomodoro Cycle. Multitasking is not an efficient way to work.

2) Try and stay off social media in the work phase of the Pomodoro Cycle

3) It’s important to get up and move around in the breaks and keep your circulation going.

I wrote this blog in one Pomodoro Cycle!

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