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I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros.

There are two kinds of them:

1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school or by others.

During this kind of thing, you cannot decide when to have a break, and it is often useless to have a countdown timer in that case, since the time arragement for that is usually fixed.
In fact, when at school, this kind of things take most of time in a day.

  • Should I keep a track of these time or just let these time pass?
  • And should I just start using pomodoro technique in the evening (instead of morning) every day when all the classes are over?

2) Things like test practice.
Recently I'm doing some TOEFL listening practice. One section is about 20 minutes, which is a little shorter than a pomodoro. But in real test, there are usually two sections. Then there are a few problems.

  • Should I use the pomodoro technique (do one section in a pomodoro, have a break, then do another section) or do like in the real test (do two sections continually) and ignore the pomodore timer?
  • Should I keep a track of this kind of things in my pomodoro sheet?
  • You know you cannot break a test practise into pieces, especially listening practice, since you can not pause a conversation or a lecture and then continue after a break. So if such a thing is a little longer, say 45 minutes (think about an old GRE issue task practice), how should I deal with this?
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I think you should use Pomodoros for your own studying. For the fixed things (class, practice exams), there already is a timebox. It just happens to be longer. You need to work effectively in the provided longer timebox so practicing that seems useful.

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+1 agreement - the point is timeboxing, not religiously adhering to some particular time interval. I happen to like 40 minutes boxes, and vary as the professional environment I'm in requires. A surfer has to follow the tides not a piece of paper or machine. – DarenW Sep 19 '12 at 23:40

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