I, as well as thousands upon thousands of students all over the world are guilty of pulling one, if not numerous all-nighters with countless cups of coffee. As for me, I’ve crammed for nearly every test I ever took in my 18 years of life, including AP and SAT exams.
Of course, my mom never fails to tell me that my way of studying is the worst possible way a human being can effectively cram information into one’s head. Naturally, I never fail to disagree. Cramming the night before or even the morning of an exam has always resulted in me receiving high scores.
Honestly, there’s not a specific, established method to studying—what works for you may not work for your friend. Cramming just so happens to work for me, and I’m here to tell you why.
But before I really get into the nuts and bolts of the method to my madness, let me make it clear cramming only achieves its full potential if and only if you complete your homework in time and take good notes during lecture. If you fail to do this, cramming won’t help you at all. Here are five benefits to cramming.
It’s fresh in your mind.
Since you’ve studied your notes and re-listened to parts of lectures repeatedly the night before or the morning of the exam, key information you will surely be tested on will be fresh in your mind. Whatever information you read or listen to right before you go to sleep is bound to stay in your head the whole day.
You’re put under pressure.
I happen to perform very well under pressure, and if that’s you, cramming is the way of studying for you. That’s really all I’ve got to say for this one.
It improves your concentration and short-term memory.
Cramming frequently will improve your ability to absorb information and remember information at a high speed. In a desperate attempt to learn everything the professor will most likely ask on the exam, I’ve found that my concentration reaches its peak.
It saves so much time.
This is a big one for me. I always seem to be short on time (24 hours is just not enough) and long on unfinished tasks. Studies have shown that spacing one’s study sessions is key to success on tests or various examinations, but I’ve found myself coming back to re-study information I’ve already looked at weeks or even days before a test, because I forget most of it. Rather than wasting your time studying information you’ll eventually forget well before the exam, it’s much more efficient to study the night before.
You get to learn what your favorite caffeinated drinks are.
I’m only joking—this isn’t really a benefit to cramming, but knock yourself out if you really want to know. After all, #butfirstcoffee.