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To Cram or Not To Cram?

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:

  1. Cramming can be beneficial: Cramming, if effective, allows you to have more free time while also accomplishing your work.
  2. 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.
  3. Long-term can be beneficial: Long-term studying allows you to have minimal stress and a more well-rounded study method.
  4. 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.Cramming_for_Test_H
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Balance, Strategies

 

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Favorite Study Spot: The Green Room in Reynolda

If the library’s got you down, check out the Green Room in Reynolda. This low key study spot has a fun atmosphere, perfect for anyone who is looking to avoid the quiet halls of ZSR.

Let’s hear why the Green Room regulars love to study there:

Hannah Padrnos explains, “I love to study in there

 because it’s light, and it’s freer. It’s not as secluded and stiff as the library. You can talk to your friends and have a laugh while still getting your work done.”

For Alex Francis, the Green Room provides a good alternative to studying in dorm rooms: “[I like it] because it’s quiet. I don’t like studying in my room because I get distracted all the time so I like to go to Reynolda because there are fewer distractions.”

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Courtney Smith uses the Green Room as a home away from home. “I like it because it’s not my room,” Smith said, “There are always nice people around, and my friends are always there. It’s also kind of homey. It’s like a living room. There are couches and paintings; it’s decorated nicely. It’s just a comfortable atmosphere.”

Nick Manago elaborates, “It’s not as depressing as the library. I like to see people, and I like the background noise.”

So, if you are looking for a homey space with lots of friends and laughter with homework thrown in, the Green Room may be the place for you. 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Strategies

 

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