The secret to having razor-sharp ABPI exam focus

Ever been in a GP surgery, hospital postgrad centre, or in your company’s head office and heard a resounding “ding, ding” clanging out from somewhere?

That’s the tell-tale sign of someone using a time management app, like Pomodoro.

Apps like Pomodoro help you to chunk your tasks, breaking up your study time.  Using the so-called Pomodoro technique (named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer), you’re meant to take 3-5 minute breaks interspersed between work intervals of no more than 25 minutes. After the fourth work interval – or Pomodoro – your break should be of 15 to 30 minutes duration. This keeps you fresh and is thought to boost your mental agility [1,2].

Now, I’m as guilty as the next person of pushing through to get a task finished, especially when I’m working to a deadline. So, I know how hard it is to break off when you’re in the middle of something. But oddly perhaps, you DO remain more focused when you take a break. Whether it’s about recharging or giving your brain a bit of time for background processing, you benefit from taking a breather.

It’s also motivating to see yourself making progress. And if – horror of horrors – you’re actually just letting the time slip through your fingers, then it’s time to regroup: go do something else.

Meanwhile, a huge choice of apps are available, but because I don’t want to distract you further, get started NOW with this one. No time like the present, eh?

And, if you’ve got a minute, please leave me your comments, questions, or thoughts on using Pomodoro apps, or anything else about the ABPI exam.

Have fun.


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  1. Shellenbarger, Sue (2009-11-18).”No Time to Read This? Read This”. The Wall Street Journal. Available at: http://online.wsj.comarticle/SB10001424052748704538404574541590534797908.html
  2. Tambini, Arielle; Ketz, Nicholas; Davachi, Lila (28 January 2010).”Enhanced Brain Correlations during Rest Are Related to Memory for Recent Experiences”. Neuron 65(2): 280–290. Available at:

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