Forget the Pomodoro, the Animedoro is in.
For all students having trouble with online studying right now, Facebook user Joshua Chen has a fun new trick up his sleeve.
He initially posted a Youtube link on popular Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits with a proposed new study technique for students worldwide.
In his video, Chen has created what he calls the “Animedoro”, a play on words from the original study technique “Pomodoro”, and is claiming it to be the new best thing.
So What is the Pomodoro?
The original Pomodoro technique was created by Italian university student Francesco Cirillo. Pomodoro, or tomato in Italian, was the namesake of the technique after Cirillo used a tomato-shaped timer to establish the time intervals being used.
This study method required students to focus on a single task for 25 minutes at a time with only 5 minutes of rest in between. After four pomodoros, or 25 minutes of studying, the student is then allowed to take a longer break of around 15-20 minutes.
The idea is to finish as much as possible in that 25-minute time interval, maximizing productivity. The Pomodoro also emphasized the merit of focus and the sweet pleasure of reward (aka the 5 minutes of phone scrolling and snacking after 25 minutes of studying).
And What is the Animedoro?
Animedoro is a modified Pomodoro wherein students do around 40-60 minutes of work and follow it up with exactly one anime episode (with the intro and outro skipped, that’s around 19 minutes of run time).
This, according to Chen, allows for students to follow the natural flow of assignments without getting cut off by the timer. The time spent watching that one episode of anime also allows for the brain to have more time to settle down and relax before starting another long task.
Just a sidenote for all non-anime watchers, the 20-minute break can be any TV show you fancy.
Why the Animedoro Works
The problem with the Pomodoro is that in today’s world, assignments don’t last just 25 minutes. Assignments do usually take an hour long to complete, and breaking up this work time into 25 minutes would just make it harder to continue the train of thought.
The five-minute break given is also not enough time to do anything actually enjoyable and relaxing. That’s probably just enough to grab a snack or scroll through one post.
When the reward is not rewarding enough, motivation is lost.
What’s great with the Animedoro is that it allows the student a better chance to finish what they started and also allows for a break that is satisfactory enough to keep motivation high.
It’s a more casual and laid-back break where you’re not too stressed or worried about rushing the work.
The Animedoro sounds like a perfect new study method for those who love anime, but need to get some work done in between.
Users of the technique should beware though, as per Chen, since there is a risk of actually going through the reverse-Animedoro — watching a season of anime after every hour studied.