The Pomodoro technique is probably one of the most powerful techniques in all of learning. All you have to do is set a timer for 25 minutes, and then just focus as attentively as you can for those 25 minutes.
Now if you start focusing on and you're working on, and then you look up at the timer and two minutes have passed. You may feel like you can't hold on. And just let the thought go by , and return your focus to whatever you are working on. And when that 25 minutes is up you relax a little bit. You might wonder why that 25 minutes is the magic number, and the reality is we don't really know. There's not a lot of research on the Pomodoro technique, which is surprising because it's so incredibly popular and people find it very useful.
But there's an interesting tidbit （小趣闻）related to the Pomodoro technique, and that is that ： when you just think about something that you don't like very much, it stimulates a part of the brain that experiences pain. And so the brain naturally enough shifts its attention to something else, like Facebook or Twitter or something like that.
And what the Pomodoro technique does, when you do it you're setting that timer. You don't want to sit there and think , “I'm going to work on this problem and get it all finished. You just want to think, I've got 25 minutes where I just have to work on something." Don't even think about what that something is. What that does is it slips in under your brain's radar （雷达）. It doesn't stimulate so much that pain in your brain ； and then that pain in the brain, research has shown , lasts for 20 minutes.
So if you work for 25 minutes you will suddenly find yourself getting into the flow because you've gone past that painful period. So the Pomodoro technique is effective in many different aspects.
8. Which is an example of using the Pomodoro technique?
A. Reading a novel for 25 minutes.
B. Spending 25 minutes scanning WeChat.
C. Setting a timer for 25 minutes to do a tough task.
D. Attending a lecture for 25 minutes with two minds.
9. What can be inferred about the Pomodoro technique from paragraph 2?
A. The first two minutes is vital.
B. 25 minutes is a magic number.
C. More research is around the corner.
D. You may get discouraged when using it.
10. Why is the tidbit mentioned in paragraph 3?
A. To further explain the Pomodoro technique.
B. To arouse interest in the Pomodoro technique.
C. To highlight how to use the Pomodoro technique.
D. To prove the effectiveness of the Pomodoro technique.
11. How does the Pomodoro technique work?
A. It boosts your concentration.
B. It helps your mind go faster.
C. It urges you to finish your work.
D. It shortens the pain time in your brain.