There will come a time when you have to make yourself study, but it is the last thing that you want to do. Heck, this will happen a lot during your time in college. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to study. However, as a student, you have a responsibility to your future self to put in the work now. So this article will give you a very useful technique that will help you study efficiently and effectively even when you have no motivation to do so.
The Pomodoro Method is an excellent and simple studying technique to help us study when there is no motivation.
Let’s look at how the method works and why it helps you study even when you aren’t motivated to do so.
What Is The Pomodoro Method?
The Pomodoro Method is a time management system that I use to complete my work. It is a simple and highly efficient method that has helped me tackle tasks ranging from work, school, and Life V Lifestyle.
When it comes to studying, the Pomodoro Method gives me a framework to operate within. Additionally, it splits sessions into intervals so even if I’m not motivated to study I can convince myself to study for a small session and repeat until the Pomodoro method is completed.
How Does The Pomodoro Method Work?
Simply put the Pomodoro Method makes use of short work sprints lasting 25 minutes. After the 25-minute interval concludes, you then take a 5-minute break. Repeat this 3 more times and at the conclusion of the 4th 25-minute interval, you take a longer break ranging from 15-30 minutes.
Completing four 25-minute sessions equals one Pomodoro or about two and a half hours depending on how long your breaks turn out to be. Right now, I have the goal of working up to completing two Pomodoros back to back.
It sounds a lot easier than it is. Trust me. Minimizing distractions and actually getting back to work when the rest breaks are complete are tough.
So it is also smart to complete your sessions in a quiet and relatively low activity area. I have been completing my Pomodors in my home, but now I am going to start trying to go to local libraries and coffee shops to switch up my environments.
|Determine The Task
|Set A 25-Minute Timer
|Work On Your Task Until The Time Is Up
|Take A 5 Minute Break
|At The End Of The 4th Pomodoro, Take A 15 – 30 Minute Break
Why Do The Pomodoro Method?
The Pomodoro Method helps you tackle your studying while instilling breaks and promoting a structure. Even when you don’t feel like studying if you follow the Pomodoro Method you have no choice but to focus on studying for at least two hours.
Which for me is how long I will spend on a particular class or subject. After that, I take a long break maybe, maybe 30 minutes to an hour. I then go for a walk outside, play a video game, or go eat something. Once those 30 minutes to an hour are complete, I then return to studying to study for a new class and start a new Pomodoro session.
I was very often not motivated to study, but using this method throughout undergrad and graduate school has helped me maintain good grades and not pull my hair out of my head.
How Can You Implement The Pomodoro Method To Make Yourself Study?
Begin with dividing up what you need to study.
Once you have a list of what you need to study, next prioritize from there. You can prioritize by the due date, alphabetically, which professor you like most, or even by difficulty. There are plenty of ways to prioritize, you just determine which way is best for you.
A sample prioritization might look something like this:
|Economics of Technological Change
|Read 3 articles and take notes
|Economics of Space Policy
|Create an outline for research paper
|Complete homework assignments for Ch.5
From there, head to a quiet and not busy location. You want to complete your Pomodoro sessions in environments that are not distracting and have very low foot traffic. For me, this meant I would often go to the top floor of my library and study in one of the far corner rooms.
Next, refer to the list where you prioritized what you need to study and get started with your first Pomodoro session. In reference to the list I made above I would start with working on reading those articles for my economics of technological change class. If at any point I finish reading the articles before the full two hours of Pomodoro are complete, I can then do one of two things. I can immediately move on to my next item when the next 25-minute session ends or I can take a longer break and start a new Pomodoro from scratch.
Note that in the beginning, you will probably only be able to complete one Pomodoro session in its entirety. Know that that is okay. It can be tough doing multiple Pomodoros when you first start practicing the technique.
How Long Until I Master The Pomodoro Method?
Focus on completing one and starting another once you have given yourself an adequate break. If you feel yourself not being able to focus take another break. This time find another location where you can study.
Sometimes changing locations is the reset we need to regain our ability to focus and complete our work. There were times where I would study at five or six different locations while completing two Pomodoros.
Do what works best for you. It is all about trial and error as you learn how best to apply the Pomodoro Method to your study life.
What are thoughts? Do you have any tricks to make yourself study even when you have no motivation to do so? Let us know in the comments below!
Best of luck adulting!
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Donald Williams, Jr.
Donald is an avid believer in helping young people prepare for adulthood. He spends his time working on Adulting Starts Here and helping new adults plan for the future. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach.