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The Do's and Don't's of Cramming for an Exam

Caught in crunch time? Whether you are studying a night before a big test, reviewing notes up to the last second, winging a paper due in an hour, or making last minute changes on your project, here’s the perfect Cramming 101 guide for you!

1.    DO go off the grid

Disconnect from your social media accounts or the internet in general. Deactivate your accounts if it helps. Unplug your internet connection or even go on airplane mode. Focus on accomplishing your pending tasks and reward yourself later.  

2.    DO compartmentalize

Organize your tasks from the easiest to the most difficult ones and start from the easiest. To save you from getting tired easily, you may adapt the Pomodoro technique – work for 25 minutes straight, then have a 5-minute break, after the 4th Pomodoro, take a long 15-minute break. This way you can reduce distractions and interruptions, smoothly finishing your task while having the time to breathe and refresh.

3.    DO go on study dates

Gather your friends for a study date! Quiz each other using flash cards or mock exams. You can also tutor your classmate or your friend to reinforce the concepts you know. This way, you won’t just review your classmate but yourself as well. 

4.    DON’T overload

Don’t try to read a book from cover to cover in just one night. Just focus on the important concept and main points. Overloading your brain with information may cause confusion or even anxiety when you take the exam itself as various concepts scatter in your brain and you’ll be left with pinpointing which topic is the answer to which.

5.   (Probably) DON’T do it again

Cramming can help you ace your exam but the information is just retained temporarily. Your brain stores cramming-obtained information into short-term memory thus if your exam is about concepts that you would need for your other subjects or future career, you would have to do a more in-depth studying. 

Start planning your schedule and compartmentalizing your tasks and priorities so you won't have to beat deadlines anymore. This way, you'll get more things done, more leisure time, less cramming, and fewer worries.

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