Total Immersion Test Preparation

How to Dramatically Improve Test Preparation Benefits.

Total Immersion Test PreparationDoes this sound familiar:

  • You’ve put off test preparation as long as you can.
  • You have a limited amount of time you can devote to getting prepared.
  • You need a method to make the most of your study time.

According to The Pomodoro Technique, the trick is to break your tasks down into small – approximately 25 minute – increments. Then:

  1. Totally immerse yourself in the task – i.e. studying, reading, thinking, test preparation – for 25 minutes
  2. Take a short 5 minute break
  3. Repeat

After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer 15 to 20 minute break.

Your study schedule would look like this:

  • Study Time 1 – 25 minutes
    • Rest/Break – 5 minutes
  • Study Time 2 – 25 minutes
    • Rest/Break – 5 minutes
  • Study Time 3 – 25 minutes
    • Rest/Break – 5 minutes
  • Study Time 4 – 25 minutes
    • Rest/Break – 15 to 20 minutes

If your task is longer than 4 Pomodoros – study times – keep adding on in the same sequence:

  • 25 + 5
  • 25 + 5
  • 25 + 5
  • 25 + 15

until the task is complete or the test preparation session is over.

By breaking each task or topic down into small “chunks”, our brains are able to focus on that specific issue and retain the information longer.

The short breaks between study times is beneficial to give your brain a period of non-focus, or other-focus. Its at times when we try to cram as much as possible into our memories that we often “forget” the information we just studied. These rest periods allow the information to pass from our short-term memory bank into our long-term memory storage for later recall. And, if necessary, the topic or task can be revisited at a later date to refresh our recall.

If you’d like to be more efficient in your study time, improve your understanding of the material, and have greater recall of the information, then start your own Pomodoro style study plan … you won’t be dissappointed.

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