Think of it this way: Do runners start training for a big race the day before? No because there's no way they would do well. They start preparing months in advance so that when the day of the big race comes their bodies will be prepared and the race will seem effortless. The same concept applies to studying.
How to Stop the Cramming Cycle
- Get rid of the "All or Nothing" attitude . Sometimes there is such a large amount of material to cover for a test or exam that we think 10 minutes here and there won't make a difference. But it does!
- Take advantage of those times when you are waiting in the doctor's office or riding the bus. Always have something to study with you.
- Review material that you learned in class later that same day while it is fresh in your head.
- Make studying a priority. Create a study schedule and stick to it.
- Start a study group. Study groups can be very helpful for a couple of reasons. First you have made a commitment to others so you are more likely to follow through. Second, there might be people in the group that understand things or have notes that you don't and you may be able to help them as well.