The 7 Dumbest Things Students Do When Cramming for Exams

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The 7 Dumbest Things Students Do When Cramming for Exams

Jul!a Jul!a
"Each year before the holidays, college students find themselves staring down the barrel of exam week. Fortunately, they're totally serious about learning the information and they aren't getting up from this desk until they do! Unfortunately, desperation can only be directly converted into high scores on reality TV. But this crawling panic and insane workload is a great learning experience. College is all about preparing for the real world, and this is one of life's favorite lessons to teach: You've screwed up badly and there will soon be a reckoning. How do you deal with that?"

With finals rapidly approaching, I thought this article would be appropriate to post. I know that not everybody does these things, but I also know that I was definitely guilty of some of these when I was in college, and even high school. Anybody else?
11/18/2011
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Taylor Taylor
Great list! I definitely do the "nest building" from time to time.

I'm always amazed by other people's study habits. I have classmates that I've tried to have study groups with and they will spend the entire time complaining about how much material there is to study and then not looking over anything. Then when they don't do well on the test, they complain about how they spent so much time in the study group and still did poorly on the test. If they had just spent that time that they were complaining actually looking over the material, they probably would have gotten at least a B.
11/18/2011
Drakoni Drakoni
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
"Each year before the holidays, college students find themselves staring down the barrel of exam week. Fortunately, they're totally serious about learning the information and they aren't getting up from this desk until they do! ...
I SO want to email that to all of my students. The number one thing they say they plan on doing to study for exams is usually to either read (for the first time) or re-read the chapters. And, they have been complaining and saying my lectures aren't helpful for weeks now...but when I said I'd stop lecturing and we could have study hall for 3 hours, they changed their tune fast.
11/18/2011
T&A1987 T&A1987
procrastinating. the odd thing is the form my procrastination takes. I never have the urge to clean more than when I have papers to write, or a test to study for.
11/18/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Oh my god. The 'nest building' is so me. To the point of reorganizing half the room first.
11/18/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
Definitely agree with the nest building! And the osmosis doesn't work, lol. I remember gathering everything up and never "getting around" to actually reading/studying half of it.
11/18/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I defiantly guilty of some of these, especially the nesting.
11/19/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
Some good tips - the best way to prepare is by practicing!
11/20/2011
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