The Pomodoro Technique: How a tomato can help with Hell Week

First off, I’d like to note that the title rhymes. I think that’s pretty cool. 🙂


It’s that time of the semester again. That final stretch of academic requirements before the break. Everything is piling up. Grades may be going down. It all seems pretty grim for many of us students.

However, there is a simple technique that allows us students to use our time efficiently (we are Econ students, after all). It’s called the Pomodoro Technique.

Named after the Italian word for tomato, the Pomodoro Technique is a method of separating  work into timed intervals and then taking a break in between. It was developed Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. He used a tomato shaped kitchen timer to break down his work.

The method is simple: (taken from

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Set the pomodoro timer to 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings
  4. Take a short break (3-5 minutes) between each 25 minute interval (or “pomodoro”)
  5. After every fourth “pomodoro” take a longer break (15–30 minutes)

This sort of process minimizes distractions and interruptions whilst still giving ample time to let the lessons sink in. It also reduces the stresses of continuous work and studying.

In short, the Pomodoro is a simple and easy technique which allows the user to better focus on his/her tasks without burning out.

I hope that this technique will be of great help to you, my fellow batchmates. Good luck to all of us!

Here’ a simple online Pomodoro timer to help you guys out:


4 thoughts on “The Pomodoro Technique: How a tomato can help with Hell Week

  1. This is actually pretty nice.. I hope that I might be able to use that effectively in the coming semesters in UP, especially since our majors are only going to be harder from here on out.

  2. I think an underlying principle here with this techniques (and perhaps all other similar work techniques) is the avoidance of getting burnt out, i.e. from continuously working until said work is finished. More so, with the way modern society is working right now– where people are very prone to overwork and all its adverse effects– studies into these methods ought to take greater depths. Of course, reforming current work and study standards wouldn’t hurt as well.

  3. The pomodoro technique appears to be unsuitable for cramming though haha. But seriously, as subjects get harder and you get to get into your UP groove, you’ll find your niche study schedule and learning gets a lot easier. Very helpful for heavy procrastinators.

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