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Cramming 101

By Edited Aug 16, 2016 6 20

Oh no! That test is right around the corner and you haven't even begun to look at the notes! What do you do to make sure you pass? Follow some of these simple tips to help you get that information quickly and effectively!

1. Incorporate something you know- It may sound silly, but incorporating sayings or statements into something you can easily remember can help remember those difficult words and make them simpler. For example, the order of operations is Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract. This is more commonly referred to as Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Silly sayings will help your memory recognize words by remembering a reason you laughed at that word or something along those lines. 

2. Skim through the chapter- You are probably not going to have time to read the entire chapter and remember every word! Focus on defined words or bolded words. If a problem is presented, look at the examples and diagrams to give you a better understanding of the material rather than reading words that are there for fluff in the text. A teacher will usually mention the material that should be focused on! 

3. Study in a group- The saying 2 heads are better than one are certainly true when it comes to studying! Having more than one person will bring about more than one concept or thought when it comes to certain material. Also, instead of searching and searching for answers, a peer may be able to answer it for you quickly and saving you time. Having friends around you could relieve stress and help you focus better.

4. Go to the library-Ewww the library? Believe it or not this is the best place to go! Finding ways to distract yourself, like you could at home, are eliminated here and your main focus is to work and study. This could help greatly in eliminating procrastination like you did before having to cram! This, once again, is also a location where friends could be found and unlimited sources of knoeledge could be found at the library.

5. Make a study guide- All that extra work? What for? Well, this involves retyping and reviewing the material at the same time. This gets you even more used to seeing the information and also helps organize it all into one source! Killing two birds with one stone and saving time. It is also a way to quickly review the day after to refresh your memory, which could make a difference right before the test. 

I hope this helps you pass your test and have confidence in yourself! If you go in with negative thoughts, you'll surely come out with negative results. Try your best and remember that there is always the next one to improve on. 

Goodluck studying to all! 



Apr 4, 2011 12:17am
Good cramming tips. Thanks for sharing.
Apr 19, 2011 11:45am
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Apr 4, 2011 12:40am
great job, insightful I'm glad my crammin days are over though my brains fried now. Thumbs up!!
Apr 4, 2011 12:46am
Thanks southerngirl and dreamaker! Hope it helped.
Apr 5, 2011 9:25am
Great advice for last minute studying. I especially like the idea of reviewing with a group! You can always pick up some new tidbits of info from others, and the interaction helps you to retain it.
Apr 5, 2011 10:05am
A brilliant article and timely for here in the UK as I know many are getting ready to sit their end of school exams. Good job!
Apr 5, 2011 10:41pm
Thanks Deborah-Diane and CrysalNici! Your feedback is much appreciated!
Apr 6, 2011 4:56pm
Nice article. One could incorporate these tips in other areas of life, like giving a speech, or trying out for a play. Even relaying a trip, look at notes, etc. Congratz on the feature.
Apr 6, 2011 11:57pm
Thank you footloose. You are right it could help in more than studying! Thanks for viewing.
Apr 7, 2011 5:16pm
Thanks a lot for these well gathered instructions on cramming. I loved my studies period - the silence in the library and all the exams related emotions. Such great memories.
Apr 7, 2011 7:24pm
Thanks for your feedback LoveSpaces, glad you liked it!
Apr 11, 2011 5:35pm
Really great tips. I especially like the study guide tip.
Apr 11, 2011 10:22pm
Thanks for viewing obarrino! The study guide tip I put into use very often, it's a good approach. Thanks for your feedback!
Apr 13, 2011 4:59pm
Nice tips. i have actually experienced it myself when i was still studying,, oh i miss my studying days.. cramming is really heart pumping..
Apr 14, 2011 10:48pm
Thanks for viewing micxjel! Your feedback is much appreciated!
Apr 16, 2011 9:15am
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Apr 17, 2011 9:14pm
I really needed these tips thank you, finals next week.
Apr 18, 2011 10:43pm
Your welcome infobo724! Thanks for viewing!
Apr 24, 2011 8:20pm
Nice article =)
Apr 29, 2011 3:08pm
Hey nice tips.
When you have an exam in a day or two group study is the best thing to go for.
If you have around 10 chapters to study for an exam , in a group of 5 friends each one can take up 2 chapters and can explain the other 4 the chapters they have studied thus covering a lot of subject in very little time.This helps a lot when you have an exam just around the corner.
May 2, 2011 2:26am
Great article, good tips.
May 2, 2011 10:28pm
Thanks everyone for your feedback! It is much appreciated!
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