The Key to Learning

“Time abides long enough for those who make use of it” – Leonardo DaVinci

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Time is an enemy of way too many students. A study performed by the National Survey of Student Engagement showed that students in high school spend about seventeen hours a week studying and revising for tests. This number is unacceptably high and we need to do something about it. But how? There are many different ways to learn, and it is found that some methods are more effective than others. If a student were to find a method that worked for them they would perhaps be able to study less because they understood the material quicker. A while ago I found that I spent more time studying than talking to people and therefore I decided to find new ways that could help me learn and after a day of researching (ironic enough) I had a new revising plan that I wish to share with you.

  • Teach someone else
  • Get enough sleep
  • Write by hand instead of on a computer
  • Be sure to exercise more
  • The Pomodoro-Technique


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The Pomodoro Technique

This technique is a highly efficient study technique which I have used more times than I count.  It was invented by an Italian man named Francesco Cirillo in the late 1900-hundreds. The recommended and effective technique is based on a hypothesis that students learn more effectively if they focus for a short while. The Pomodoro technique has different steps that I will now take you through.


Number 1. PREPARE

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Preparing is a vital part to do when you are going to study. Make a list of what you need to study, the different subjects, topics, and deadlines.  It is very important to organize and prioritize the different assignments. In that way, you can make sure that you study enough for every subject.

Turn off all distractions. This means that every phone, tablet or notifications on a computer should be turned off. That way you do not get distracted and are able to focus better.

Number 2. STUDY

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The first thing to do when starting to study using this technique is to set a timer for twenty-five (25) minutes. This is the time you will work on the assignment. It is important to notice that you might not finish and need to have more small study sessions like this.

After the 25 minutes, you take a short break somewhere between five and ten minutes(5-10). Then you repeat the process two times more. In this time you can, for instance, eat a snack or move around a little.

Number 3. RELAX

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Congratulations! You made it and now it is time to relax. Reward yourself, talk to some friends, take a nap, you figure out what works for you. You now have two options.

  1. If you have more work to do, set your timer for 30-40 minutes and enjoy your long break. Then when that time is over start the process again and study more.
  2. However, if you managed to finish all your work. Congratulations on being productive. Go have fun and enjoy the rest of the day.
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