As spring and its many activities approach us, I ask one question: How will we manage? Should we head to the ZSR for a few hours each day to prepare for a test, even with the quad glistening and the sundeck of South calling your name? Or should we wait until the night before and hide in our rooms, cramming the material for tomorrow’s computer science test into our brains? This is a dilemma that most students at Wake face: To cram or not to cram?
With all of the activities and involvement available on campus (not to mention the beautiful weather we are about to have upon us), it is very difficult to carve out time each day to get ahead and practice long-term studying techniques. Teachers, parents, and even fellow students advise each other to start studying early in order to avoid stress leading up to a big paper or exam, yet we rarely take their advice. More often than not, the ZSR is filled with crammers, those waiting until the last minute to get their work done.
Here are some quick ideas about each method of studying:
- Cramming can be beneficial: Cramming, if effective, allows you to have more free time while also accomplishing your work.
- Cramming can be detrimental: Learning all the material in one night is not ideal. If you write a paper in one night, you do not have time to edit or proofread the essay, leaving excessive room for error.
- Long-term can be beneficial: Long-term studying allows you to have minimal stress and a more well-rounded study method.
- Long-term can be detrimental: Heading to the ZSR everyday can cut into time with friends, involvement with other organizations on campus and social life in general.