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This Particular Method Will Improve the Way You Study [in 25 minutes!]

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  1. Helcio Ferreira

    Helcio Ferreira Young Member

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    Undoubtedly, for every medical student, one of the main concerns is the method of study and that the material to study is always extensive and most of the time complex, if you add to this that the time to learn it is quite short and they are Several subjects that demand attention and dedication, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and mentally and physically exhausted.

    As usual, medical students are the ones who tend to spend the most time in an attempt to extend study time, but this is not sustainable over time for many. That is why a good study technique could help you get out of more than one academic problem.

    What is the Pomodoro technique?

    It is a technique that emerged in the early millennial era, if at the end of the 80s, it was the invention of an Italian student, who used a tomato-shaped watch. 1 pomodoro equals 25 minutes and a regular study cycle contains 4 Pomodoros, separated by recesses of 5 minutes maximum.

    How can a medical student apply the Pomodoro technique?

    Before they think it is crazy to study for 25-minute cycles, wait a bit.

    You must make a schedule or list of the subjects to study and how to develop them, for example, if it is physiology, it is likely that you should outline, or if it is pharmacology you need to prepare tables, everything will depend on the subject to study and the tools that you usually use and that are more effective for you.

    After organizing your study plan, you must dedicate 1 Pomodoro (25min) to accomplish that action, be it to prepare a summary sheet, an outline, or summary of a certain point. It is important that you be clear that during this time you are not forced to memorize, it is simply about using 25 minutes of mindfulness in that action you are performing.

    You must have your books, and materials at hand, a comfortable place and preferably in silence, avoid surfing on the computer or your mobile phone, distractions are not allowed.

    After 1 Pomodoro, in the 5-minute break you can eat a snack, answer an important message, or listen to a nice song for you. After the break, you must continue with the second pomodoro, like this until you meet 4 Pomodoros. After completing a cycle of 4, the rest time can go from 15 to 20 minutes.

    How useful is the pomodoro method for medical students?

    It works very well when it comes to keeping subjects up to date, preparing topics for exhibitions and discussions, as a technique to review is very good. If your exam is close and the subject is very extensive, this method may not work for you, but you can try it.

    What the pomodoro method seeks is to reduce the possibility of procrastination, mental, physical fatigue and prevent the student from feeling overwhelmed by academic content.

    Long hours of study without rest are not as effective, since the level of attention declines, visual fatigue creates discomfort at the time of reading and this ends up generating enough frustration.


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