Cramming for an exam allows you to take advantage of your short term memory. It can be very powerful and help you get through those end of year exams. But in order to do it effectively and see the best possible results there are a number of things you must be aware of:
1) Take the time before you start to pick the topics you need to focus your time on. Be honest with what you already know. I once was cramming for a Supply Chain Management exam in my second year in college. I had never been to the class all year and I still managed to get an A. One of the techniques I used was studying the past exam papers before I even started studying the material. This focused the mind on the areas that mattered and allowed me to pay extra attention to these areas.
2) Plan what areas you’re going to start with. From following step 1 and studying previous exam papers you will have an idea of what material to focus on. It is very important to break down the larger topics into smaller more manageable sections. You will also want to give yourself a time for when you want to cover these sections by as you are against the clock at the end of the day. If you don’t cover all you need in the timeframe, move on and take note. You can always go back and revise it at the end.
3) I would recommend that you start with the more difficult topics early on in the study session. I found that I am more awake and ready to go at the start of cramming. Also as I get tired I come to the easier topics…
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