Hello from the Academic Coaching office, aka a room in my house with at least one dog trying to distract me.
I know that this has been an unusual and sometimes stressful semester, which means routines and time management can be a “bit” out of whack. Time seems to flow differently, and it feels like school can be taking up all of your time. I’d like to help you take back some time by introducing the Pomodoro method of studying.
Often students try to do homework in big blocks of time, especially at night. The Pomodoro method is about studying in short blocks of 25-minutes each. You will have to adjust your study goals for each 25-minute block, but you may find yourself less exhausted by putting in 3 25-minute study sessions during the day and finish studying for an hour in the evening. An example of a 25-minute study session might look like attempting to finish 2 or 3 calculus problems OR reading one section of a textbook chapter OR doing your daily foreign language exercises. 3 Pomodoro study sessions for 5 days equals over 6 hours of study time!
It’s easy to lose track of the small chunks of time but if you look carefully at your day to identify them and set small goals to complete, you may find that you can enjoy the evening watching Netflix.
If you would like help with time management or learning some new study strategies, you can email me at [email protected] to set up an individual appointment.