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Have a Break, Have a KitKat


(other chocolate bars are available)


Perhaps one of the most well used study tips is ‘take a break’ but if you’re anything like me, you probably just ignore it. How can you be more productive if you take a break? You are wasting time by taking a break and hence not doing quite as much work… this seems obvious.

Last year the message in the ‘Beating Procrastination’ workshop I attended at 301 was to take breaks. Alice is one of our new Reception staff at 301 and she made a revision timetable template that has ‘take a break’ in some of the time slots so I decided to try it. After all I am the queen of procrastination and have A LOT of work to catch up on.

I dug out my notes from the procrastination workshop and used the ‘pomadoro’ technique. has a timer set for 25 minutes to work and then 5 or 10 minute breaks.

BREAKING NEWS: It actually works. I have been more productive in the last week than I have all year. 25 minutes isn’t too long to keep your focus for and so you focus for much longer than you ordinarily would without breaks.

In the breaks I did the tings I would normally do to procrastinate e.g. tidy my room, clear out my wardrobe, put pizza in the oven etc. Just for the record frozen pizza normally takes around 22-25 minutes to cook so it is the perfect food to slot in between your revision and breaks. On the same note, I recommend keeping a lot of snacks close by. Really helps keep you focused. Also if things came up in my head that I needed to do e.g. applications, send emails etc I could easily wait until the time was up and do it in the break.

I managed to read 3 chapters of my textbook and make notes for a seminar in one day using this technique. My bedroom is now also really tidy incase you were wondering.



We are 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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