Blog Prompt #3: Learning Strategies Reaction

How successful were you at implementing the strategy or technique? What helped or impeded your success?

Personally, I think that I did a relatively decent job at using the Pomodoro technique. I downloaded the app to initiate the process and I began to use it as soon as I received assignments to complete or tests to study for. At first, the process undoubtedly felt very foreign. I was writing notes to the sound of ticking and my phone by my side, so I felt a little bit out of place. I was used to my usual technique, which was simply sitting down in silence without any distractions, and doing my work. So, the ticking noise of the Pomodoro app threw me off a bit to start. Eventually, it grew on me and the ticking noise actually helped me focus a lot more than usual. It cancelled out any small noises that would usually distract me any other day. Additionally, the fact that the sound of the ticking changed depending on if it was time to work or time for a short/long break helped me snap back to reality when I needed to, as well as know when a break was around the corner.

The one thing that impeded my success was the fact that despite that there was a timer, I still had the ability to pause the timer when I wanted, or exit the app and leave the timer running whenever I pleased. Obviously, that allowed me to mess with the time that I was working which hindered my success slightly. Additionally, whenever short breaks came around, I would always exceed my 5 minutes because it just never seemed like enough. However, I have recently been trying to stay extremely on task when using the Pomodoro technique and I feel that in time, I will abide by it naturally and appreciate the method a lot more as it will prove to be beneficial.

Did the strategy improve your learning or reduce your procrastination? What evidence do you have to support this claim?

This strategy definitely worked at both improving my learning and reducing my procrastination habits. It helped me stay on track for a majority of the Pomodoro sessions, and as a result my learning abilities improved as well. These results have a lot to do with the fact that I found the short breaks extremely necessary and helpful. After having to stare at white papers and never-ending textbooks for over 25 minutes, it was nice to take a break from my many academic demands. As a result of the breaks, I was able to focus harder during the work sessions which was extremely beneficial.

Will you continue with the strategy?  Why or why not?

I think that I will continue with this strategy because of the many benefits that come from it. The Pomodoro technique provides a unique way to manage your work and break times which is refreshing as a busy student. The main reason I will continue using this technique is because of the oddly calming ticking noise that has proved to improve my focus, as well as the fact that it actually allocates time for leisure or at least a breath of fresh air, which is revitalizing and essential.

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