Pomodoro Technique®: the 25-minute student

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High school 12-18 years

Keeping your teen student focused on study is no easy task. This is where the Pomodoro Technique® can come in handy.

It is a popular time-management tool that can help them stay on top of their work by breaking study periods into highly focused, but manageable, 25-minute bursts.

The object of the technique is to train your brain to focus on a task that needs to be completed, and postpone distractions to a later time when they can be better dealt with.

Here’s how it works:

  • Start with a planning session and be realistic about the goals your student needs to achieve.
  • Get rid of all distractions like television, phones and emails.
  • Choose the task that needs to be studied.
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  • Concentrate 100 per cent on your chosen task until the timer rings.
  • Take a five-minute break—encourage your student to relax and move around.

After two hours, suggest your student take a well-earned longer break. Then start the process again after 15 to 20 minutes. Younger students might cope better with shorter 15-minute bursts and gradually work their way up to 25-minute periods.

The Pomodoro Technique® is a registered trademark of Francesco Cirillo. The Learning Potential app is not affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by the Pomodoro Technique® or Francesco Cirillo.

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