Irrespective of age, exams are stressful for all. Whether it’s an exam in the school, university or final test at work, students are generally left scared and shaken. In a situation like this, they often find themselves looking for short-cuts. It is common to find students googling ‘How to improve my memory?’ a few weeks before the exam and looking for answers about ‘How to cram everything the night before a test’! The fear of not scoring well makes them take a shortcut and very soon, the road to hard work is forgotten.
Cramming, or what researchers call ‘Massed Trials’, happen when we try to memorise large amounts of information in a short period of time. The reason for choosing this method could be procrastination, irregular study time-table or unorganised approach to study, resulting in last minute preparation for the exam. The fear and tension keep students awake the whole night while they try to memorise as much as they can. Some students say that the last-minute pressure helps them study better. A survey in 2014 found that 99 percent students were addicted to cramming.
But, what is this method doing to our children’s brain?
Now that we’ve addressed the problem, what are the solutions?
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