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Why you should stop cramming for exams

You've been preparing for this for two, maybe three years, those exams that seemed so far away are now only a few weeks away. You've been busy with your sport, writing for the school magazine, learning two instruments and been socialising too. How were you meant to revise for them whilst being so busy?

If you're reading this and were thinking, "That'll never happen to me," then beware. Time and again students have allowed time to slip through their fingers and have to cram in order to feel that they have a chance of passing an exam. Of course, many succeed and then go through the whole process again when the next set of assessments come around. Each time, though, it gets harder to hit the right score. Eventually, cramming is doomed to failure.

The thing is, it doesn't have to be this way. In order to develop success learning habits, you need to start working in the way that is most efficient for your brain to process and retrieve information. There's a lot of research to show that "little and often" is the best way to improve knowledge and recall.

At the end of a day in school, spend 5 minutes on each subject you've done to review what you did that day. Yes, that's on top of any homework you've got, but you'll find that just looking at work for that short time will help you recall it the next day. At the end of the next day, have a quick look again at what you did what you did today. Next day, you don't need to look at Day 1 but you do look at Day 2 and Day 3. Before you know it, this will become a habit and you'll be recalling stuff far more readily than you used to.

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