The Pomodoro Study Technique- The Secret to avoiding distraction

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It is widely used by students. The technique is not limited to the duration periods listed below, but the proportion of 5:1 remains central to the concept.

What is it?

  • Breaking study sessions down into 25 minute sessions

  • 5 minute breaks after each 25 minute session

  • 15 minute break after every 2 hours (if you work for that duration)

Why does it work?

  • Distractions are permitted on a more frequent basis

  • Shorter time periods are more effective in terms of intensity

  • It implements a structured routine for study periods


  • Requires a lot of self- discipline

  • Break periods that are too short can often be extended by accident

  • It is not a one size fits all solution, but can work extremely well when it is applied correctly.

Personally, this technique helped to structure my study periods in an extremely effective manner. It generally works for conscientious personalities better, but if worked into a routine, the Pomodoro technique ensures that you can maximize your natural potential when it comes to exam time!

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