Cramming before Exams

Zaima Tasneem

The life of a student revolves around sitting for countless exams. Exams, the one word that can make thousands of students shudder upon hearing. The impending dread of exam season looms over every student as the moments of relaxation come to an end. The night prior to the exam easily becomes the most crucial time for us. Cramming becomes the only survival tactic for the likes of us, who have successfully wasted their whole semester without studying properly. 

We’ve all made an immaculate study routine at some point, just to never look back at them ever again. Remember months ago, when you promised yourself that you’ll study attentively this semester? To no avail, you’ve slacked off this time too. With the blink of an eye, a month to the exam becomes just 2 days and you’re left to ponder if you’ll even pass the semester this time. That’s right about when the cramming comes in.

Let’s face it; even after realizing all these, we’ll eventually end up cramming the night before the exam, since procrastination somehow always wins every battle against us. So, let’s do it the proper way, shall we? Here’s how you can successfully cram for an exam.

Focusing on things you’ve already read:

Attempting to read your 400-paged textbook 15 hours before the exam is not a good idea and finishing it is quite literally impossible. Honing your already gained knowledge is better than learning new things at the last minute. As boring as it sounds, paying a little attention in class and noting down a few key points about every topic will be more helpful than anything. Reading only the previously noted points instead of the entire book will help you get rid of all the redundant information. With that being said, filling your books with yellow and pink hues won’t actually help you, unless you read them. You’ll only vaguely glance over your book if you find every paragraph highlighted. Highlighting only the pivotal information would do the work if you aren’t an avid note-taker. 

Solving past exam questions:

Preparing for an exam without knowing your syllabus well might just be nonsensical. Solving the paper from the past exams will give you a good idea of the things that are likely to be on the exam. Weeding out the unnecessary topics and selecting the topics worth prioritizing will be much easier if you go through the questions that have appeared in the previous years. In that way, you’ll be able to utilize the final hours before the exam and prepare better for the recurring questions.

Keeping the phone and other distractions away:

If you’re anything like me, you have a very short attention span. Nope, the memes on your newsfeed are not going to stop appearing on their own. Putting your phone away isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’re continuously tempted to check the messages and notifications. In that case, temporarily blocking your phone from accessing other applications while studying may prove to be helpful. There are apps like Forest and Flipd on Google Play and App Store that’ll help you do just that.

Getting a nightlong of sleep:

Sleeping might not be at the top of your priority list when you’re rushing to prepare for the exams, but it is also just as important. Your brain needs some time to process all the information you’ve fed in, in such a short time.

Cramming may not make you outshine the other students but it does act as damage control at the last minute. Nonetheless, the easiest way would be studying for the exam beforehand if you want to avoid all the hassle in the final hours and gain more knowledge.

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