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Is cramming better?

  1. Apr 6, 2013 #1
    hi everyone

    the thing is I crammed through school and usually got average grades.

    I always thought if I studied weeks before exams I would get better grades but as it turns out it is not the case.

    anyone with similar experience?cramming killed my long term memory or what?
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  3. Apr 6, 2013 #2


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    Cramming is not conducive to learning and understanding. It might get one by on one test, but if one does not learn the material, one will not advance much beyond the test or course.
  4. Apr 6, 2013 #3
    But cramming seems to result in better grades for me.Is it because I am used to it or its like this for everyone?
    (I am talking only about grades)
  5. Apr 6, 2013 #4
    It could be you are working on more difficult material and it's just harder.

    I can't really see how not cramming is worsening your exam scores.
  6. Apr 6, 2013 #5
    One of my friends kinda crams before his exams...

    Well its more like this, he doesn't study until pretty much a few days before the exam. When he finally does study its more like a quick read through the material rather than a madd all nighter with 10 cups of coffee and some motivational youtube videos on a constant replay. He still manages to get marks above average somehow... I think its because he's got a relaxed "yolo" attitude.
  7. Apr 6, 2013 #6
    no its not that.I still get average grades when I cram.

    studying before math related exams seems to help a little but otherwise it doesnt help.Its like the answers are on tip of my tongue...
  8. Apr 6, 2013 #7
    It's like there is that sense of urgency that appears when you cram. Imagine if that same sense of urgency was present weeks in advanced, then you can sleep easy the night before the exam
  9. Apr 6, 2013 #8
    that's kinda like me(except for yolo part) .
    if possible please ask him if he ever tried preparing properly for an exam?
  10. Apr 6, 2013 #9
    I usually sleep the night before the exam(when I dont I get really bad results)
  11. Apr 6, 2013 #10
    I don't really have to study for exams. I do review before but I do enough practice consistently to not have to cram.
  12. Apr 7, 2013 #11
    LOL he's never properly prepared for an exam in his life haha
  13. Apr 7, 2013 #12
    Then you can give him the bad news.he wont do better even if he did prepare.
  14. Apr 7, 2013 #13
    This sound like me as well. I don't really study a lot. I also don't do all night studying like some people.
  15. Apr 7, 2013 #14
    I think that exams that allows people to cram are badly constructed exams. Exams should test real understanding.
  16. Apr 7, 2013 #15
    The best way for me is to keep a good pace trough the term then at the end do a really intense review session for a few days/ weeks.
  17. Apr 7, 2013 #16
    I'd say that most students just cram for an exam, and in most cases it works out fine. Of course, this forum is hardly representative of most students.

    Meanwhile in the real world...
  18. Apr 7, 2013 #17
    Depends on the material imo. If you're cramming for a history exam, sure, just pure information. Cramming for a calculus exam I wouldnt think would work as well.
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