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Two study techniques to help you stick with the plan

By StudentLiving 11 Jan 2024

You'll love it when a plan comes together´╗┐

During exam periods, the amount you study will likely jump up as you try to cram in as much before the big day. While everyone studies differently, we can't recommend the study technique of 'cramming'... we can however recommend two study techniques which are proven to help you retain information and achieve your goals. These are the Pomodoro technique and using flashcards.

There is a session on both of these techniques on Tuesday 16/01 if you want some in-person training, but here are the basics to get you studying the right way, not the hard way.

The Pomodoro Technique

´╗┐Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management method. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are known as "pomodoros," named after the Italian word for tomato, inspired by the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. Here's how it works:

  • Choose a task to be accomplished.
  • Set the Pomodoro timer (traditionally for 25 minutes).
  • Work on the task until the timer rings; then put a check on a sheet of paper.
  • Take a short break (5 minutes is OK).
  • Every four "pomodoros" take a longer break (15-30 minutes).

This method is effective for university students as it promotes focused study sessions and regular breaks, helping to reduce mental fatigue and maintain consistent productivity.


´╗┐Flashcards are a study tool consisting of cards bearing information, with the question, term, or concept on one side and the answer or explanation on the other. They are widely used for memorizing vocabulary, historical dates, formulas, or any subject matter that can be learned via a question-and-answer format. Flashcards can be used in different ways, such as:

  • Self-testing: Reviewing the cards and trying to recall the information.
  • Spaced repetition: Revisiting cards at increasing intervals to enhance long-term retention.
  • Active recall: Actively stimulating memory during learning, which enhances memory performance.

Flashcards are an efficient way of memorizing and recalling key facts and concepts, essential for subjects that require a lot of memorisation.

So now you know the basics you can utilise these techniques in your own time! If you're struggling with stress between exams, then read our tips on ways to destress.


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