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Make study time effective with Pomodoro technique

Swapna Nair
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Make study time effective with Pomodoro technique

As the child grows up his or her interest in studies starts decreasing. Quite understandable under the demands of ever-increasing syllabus and tremendous pressure, your child can get disinterested in studies. So how to bring the interest back in studies! Well worry not, as our parent-child therapist Swapna Nair shares an interesting Pomodoro Technique for your child.  In her blog Swapna Nair talks about

  • What is Pomodoro Technique
  • How it works
  • What are its advantages

Interested? Read on to know more. 


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seema pal

| Dec 08, 2017

Very nice articles

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Ash Dua

| Dec 08, 2017

l ll try this technique....

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Ruby Dahiya

| Nov 29, 2017

Yesterday only I was feeling the same thing when my 8 year old kid ask for 5 minutes break after 15 to 20 minutes of written hw and I was persuading him to extend sitting to 40 - 45 minutes with cobcentration. Your blog is the answer for the same. thanks

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Deepa

| Nov 24, 2017

very useful method. it will work for my son. thanks a lot

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Swapna Nair

| Nov 23, 2017

Dear Krishna I shall be soon blogging on how to make studies interesting. This technique is only to inculcate a good study habit.

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Krishna Talukdar

| Nov 23, 2017

hi my child is 6 yrs. Will be attending class 1 from session from April 1 2018. But my big problem is she doent like to study. I can make her for reading but writting is like hrll for her. plz suggest how to develop study in her habbit

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Divya Gupta

| Nov 20, 2017

Most children do not enjoy studying; your son is more the rule than the exception. 10th is a board year and is an important one in our education system. Usually there will not be much ‘fun’ in studying in a board year because the pressure is so much on marks. One thing that helps is to have a study schedule – a regular time for study. If you and your son can agree on this and make a study calendar that is made each week, you could sit with him once a week and find out what he is doing. At the start of the year, focus more on subjects that are more application oriented like Maths and Science.

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Carol

| Nov 20, 2017

Hi Swapna, Thank you for the response. Definitely I am on the same page as you, as far as the routine and study habits are concerned. My skepticism was on how to "create interest" using this technique. as you said, probably one has to add fun and exciting elements to this technique to make it effective for little ones.

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Swapna Nair

| Nov 19, 2017

Dear Carol, thank you for voicing out. I am open to comments, debate and discussion. Pomodoro technique is making effective use of time. You can use it even to set a routine. It is to create good study habits. Of course studying is different from Learning. First the child has to learn. One can use various methods to teach or coach a child. The next step is to set a routine. Routine may sound boring but it is step to crest good habits. When there is a schedule to wake up , eat, school, play and sleep it brings a structure. Plans may go wrong , the day may go wrong,the schedule may go wrong. But largely a routine works. One can use pomodoro even for play routine. We can use it to even clean up. If your child has played with toys and they are strewn around, set a timer and race to complete. It will be fun and interesting. The time limit is a reminder and helps to compete with oneself in finishing a task. It would also help children so are highly energetic to have a structure. Of course as parent you can vary the time limit. For older children it helps in exam preparation and practising exam papers. It depends on you , how you wish to use it as an exciting tool and your child. It is just one of the many techniques available.

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Carol

| Nov 18, 2017

Hi Swapna, I have been thinking about this technique since the time I read your blog. Because that's the first time I heard the term pomodoro. I would like to share my point of view. I completely agree that this technique helps in bringing in discipline in managing work and studies. This is effective for someone who is already interested in doing that work but who may have failed to manage their work due to various reasons like procrastination or poor personal management. So I have my doubts on how it works for children. I have been wondering how this technique can increase the interest (in this case interest to learn) esp in children. Because one's interest is something to do with his emotional connection, belief and perception. If one doesn't like to study, probably his perception about study is different - he may think that it is going to be too hard or vague or it's not of great importance to him. In my opinion, unless one changes his perception through something that fascinates him, interest cannot be developed. For example if a child likes to play all the time and doesn't take interest in studies, one could use games to make him learn. Forcing oneself to do a task (that is how i see setting time limits to study) that doesn't interest him may turn to be counter productive. Sorry.. this is my perception which you may not agree with. Probably you have a different perception on this technique that you believe that it helps in increasing the interest. I am willing to hear.

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Manjula Lokesh

| Nov 16, 2017

Thank you madam. I will surely try this.

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Sivagami Senthilkumar

| Nov 16, 2017

thank u,,

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Sivagami Senthilkumar

| Nov 16, 2017

thank u,,

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Rashmi Maratha

| Nov 08, 2017

nice technique I will work on it

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Swapna Nair

| Nov 03, 2017

Great Archana

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Archana Sharma

| Nov 03, 2017

thanks for your valuable suggestions I'll try to follow

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Archana Sharma

| Nov 03, 2017

thanks for your valuable suggestions I'll try to follow

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Archana Sharma

| Nov 03, 2017

thanks for your valuable suggestions I'll try to fo5

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Swapna Nair

| Oct 20, 2017

Deepu set up an incentive system. Keep it simple. Put up a chart with rows and columns. Put a star when your child finishes. When five stars are collected them give a treat. The treat can be one hour of extra play in the weekend.

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deepu

| Oct 20, 2017

thnku mam for suggestion but incase of they will not listen our words and if they neglect our words then what we can do ?

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deepu

| Oct 20, 2017

thnku mam for suggestion but incase of they will not listen our words and if they neglect our words then what we can do ?

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Swapna Nair

| Oct 17, 2017

Welcome Reena and Anindita

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Anindita Dash

| Oct 16, 2017

Thanks a lot ma'am for ur valuable & nice advice. I will do it accordingly from today.

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Anindita Dash

| Oct 16, 2017

Thanks a lot ma'am for ur valuable & nice advice. I will do it accordingly from today.

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Anindita Dash

| Oct 16, 2017

Thanks a lot ma'am for ur valuable & nice advice. I will do it accordingly from today.

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Reena sinha

| Oct 12, 2017

thanks ma'am, will starts today

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Reena sinha

| Oct 12, 2017

thanks ma'am, will starts today

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Reena sinha

| Oct 12, 2017

thanks ma'am, will starts today

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Reena sinha

| Oct 12, 2017

thanks ma'am

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Swapna Nair

| Oct 05, 2017

Welcome Hakikat and Shahwara

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Swapna Nair

| Oct 05, 2017

Syedmadhiha what is it you do not understand. Please clarify so I can help

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Hakikat Jaipur

| Oct 04, 2017

Thanku for these techniques its really helpful..

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Shahawar Sultana

| Oct 04, 2017

thank u so much for support

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Shahawar Sultana

| Oct 04, 2017

thank u so much for support

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Shahawar Sultana

| Oct 04, 2017

thank u so much for support

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Swapna Nair

| Oct 01, 2017

Yes it is good for all age groups

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Syedamadiha

| Sep 30, 2017

my son is 4yr I can't understood

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Sapandeep Kour

| Sep 30, 2017

its so best fr my son. thanks

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Sapandeep Kour

| Sep 30, 2017

its so best fr my son. thanks

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Sapandeep Kour

| Sep 30, 2017

its so best fr my son. thanks

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Hetal Bhatt

| Sep 29, 2017

really interesting

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Hetal Bhatt

| Sep 29, 2017

really interesting

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Hetal Bhatt

| Sep 29, 2017

really interesting

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Syedamadiha

| Sep 29, 2017

hi

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Syedamadiha

| Sep 29, 2017

hi

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Swapna Nair

| Sep 28, 2017

Thank you.

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Papri Rudra

| Sep 25, 2017

thanks for sharing such type of method.

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Sukanya

| Sep 24, 2017

I loved the pomodoro techniques. will have to use it

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Swapna Nair

| Sep 24, 2017

So here your child can still take the break for five minutes and come back refreshed. It eases the stress actually. It will also give you a clue how to prioritise the work. The. Hold come sback and sits for another 25 minutes. Use this slot to revise with focus.

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Rajita B Sarma

| Sep 24, 2017

what if the child is in the middle of a question, a poem, or somefhing that would require 5 or 10 more minutes when the alarm goes off?

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Raman

| Sep 23, 2017

it's very useful ....I hope it will work on my naughty boy...

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Rupal Singh

| Sep 22, 2017

very useful blog.. will try. Thanks

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Asen Walling

| Sep 22, 2017

its very good thanks.

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Muthukumari

| Sep 22, 2017

woow.... it ll be very useful.... let me try

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Kavita Kumar

| Sep 22, 2017

wow this is a very good technique thanks a lot

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Neera

| Sep 22, 2017

very good technique. will surely try.

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Swapna Nair

| Sep 22, 2017

Rim and Aruna do try it out. Please remember one has to do anything for minimum 3 weeks. Rim for your child the five minute break can be utilised to run or jump or climb stairs or tap ball

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Aruna Pansari Chandak

| Sep 22, 2017

very nice technique.. I shall surely try it

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Rim

| Sep 21, 2017

Useful technique to make the child sit and study at one place. It will also increase the focusing capabilities of children. My child can't sit at one place for more than 5 minute. I will definitely start using it and hoping that it works with him.

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Swapna Nair

| Sep 21, 2017

Thank you Shikha. Yes it would remove boredom definitely. Thank you Barinder

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Barinder Kaur

| Sep 21, 2017

Thx for wonderful suggestion.

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 21, 2017

it's is an interesting technique. it would also take care of boredom which sets in after continuously studying one subject and would help in keeping the child active after a rejuvenating 5 minutes break. thanks Swapna Nair Ma'am for sharing this useful technique ..

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Swapna Nair

| Sep 21, 2017

Yes Canisha I have conducted experiments with students and I have been personally using this technique to get my work done. It works so well

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Canisha Kapoor

| Sep 21, 2017

This is an interesting concept to make your child get inclined towards studies.

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