Bad Effects of Cramming for an Exam

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Bad Effects of Cramming for an Exam
Cramming has negative effects. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

At some point or another, everyone has probably crammed for an examination. Procrastination seems to be a way of life for many high school and college students. However, while cramming might give you more time to hang out with your friends on the weekend, the effects of cramming are actually quite negative.

Retaining Information

When you cram for an examination, your brain does not retain the information. Immediately after cramming, you may feel as though you are an expert on the subject matter. However, when the test comes the next morning or a few hours later, the information has left your brain. Practice tests are an effective way to retain information and to assess what you actually know about the subject matter. However, there is no time for such a method when cramming.

Lower Grades

Since you are unable to retain the proper amounts of information, your grades are going to suffer. If you do not study for a test, you probably will expect that you are going to fail or at least not do so well. However, when you study for an examination with an intense cram session, at first you might assume that you will pass. Not only will you do poorly, but the low grade will come as a surprise to you and your grade point average.

Sleep Problems

Chances are if you are cramming, you are staying up later than usual to jam all of that material into your head. Students who do not have enough sleep have trouble learning, which further pushes them into the academic hole. Furthermore, students might take stimulants to help them stay awake through the night. These powerful types of drugs can cause imbalances and harm in the body, and possibly even create an addiction if the student keeps using them.

Long Term Learning

When you cram, you do not remember nearly enough information to do well on the examination. However, you are also putting your long term learning abilities at risk. Since you cannot remember that information the next day, recalling the facts and details in a few months will be nearly impossible. This presents a problem when it comes to midterm or final examination time, but also when you need to know this information in your job.

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