Blog #3 – Learning Strategies Reaction

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

I was able to use the Pomodoro technique 6 times in the past 3 weeks. I did not use this strategy as much as I wanted to. On some days, I had to do other things after school. For example, I recently attended a few evening workshops on applying for university. On weekdays, I found it very difficult to get myself to start studying. After I come home from a long day at school, all I want to do is eat and stay on the couch. I would also procrastinate by doing anything but school work. Sometimes I will do some house chores or watch a random documentary, in order to feel accomplished. During the weekends, it was much easier for me to implement the Pomodoro technique since I’m not exhausted from a day of school. After a good night’s rest, my mind feels more motivated to finish school work. Additionally, I have bigger pieces of time to use for studying, which can be nicely structured using the Pomodoro technique. Overall, I was only somewhat successful in implementing the Pomodoro technique.

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

This strategy helped me improve my learning. I was able to focus and get my work done. After sleeping in on the weekends, I woke up feeling well-rested and motivated. I am the most productive from 1p.m. to 4p.m. During this time period, I used the Pomodoro technique to help me study. I studied at 40-minute intervals and took breaks at 10-minute intervals. During those 40 minutes, I was very focused on my work. I felt a little bit of pressure to complete as many things as I could before the timer went off. This pressure was not too much to handle, it was just enough to prevent me from going off track.

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

I will definitely continue with this strategy. When I used it on the weekends, it really increased my productivity. I think that this learning strategy works well for me, since I feel very accomplished afterward. I need to resist the urge to procrastinate and use this strategy more often, especially on weekdays. Once I am able to get myself to start working, the Pomodoro technique is able to keep me on track and productive. Because of this, I might keep using this strategy in university as well.

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