Cramming is nothing but training your mind to memorize the subject or material without a deep grasping. It is like renting information rather than owning it for an extended period. It usually happens when students put off studying to last possible measure due to non-budgeting of time, procrastination, or lack of discipline. It is generally applied as a last-minute resort to do well in exams. Students try to memorize as much as possible within a short period.
Cramming cripples, the learning process enormously though it might be a short-term solution for a few. It might work for straight forward questions, but cramming fails terribly where the application of concepts or knowledge is required. The programming of our brain is such that it stores the crammed information in a short-term memory, and the information is accessible only in the short term. The accumulation of information in a short-term memory doesn’t create lasting neural connections and devoids a student’s ability to develop deep comprehension. It also leads to less sleep as a trade-off for a short time on hand to prepare for the exam. Lack of sleep is one of the significant factors that contribute to poor academic performance.
Study for two hours daily over thirty days if far more efficient than studying for ten hours for six days. Studying small hours daily but consistently is known as “Spaced Learning.” It gives time to the mind to form a neural connection between ideas and concepts. The information is stored in long term memory and can be recalled later with ease.
We at SAT Champ opine that the cramming does much more harm than good. Cramming, if repeatedly practiced, becomes a routine and student’s way to study, which can prove disastrous over a more extended period. It is not advisable as a strategy for any standardized test (especially the SAT) and not even in a corporate world where you are expected to apply the concepts learned rather than just stating them. The high school is a time where a child is a lot more focused on his career than his first years as he realizes that it’s the most critical phase of his life, which will be deciding his long-term career. If you do not correct the approach to cram during these formative years, it becomes so much imbibed that it will always create problems throughout your student as well as professional life. The more sooner you start changing your approach, the more comfortable and the better.
At SAT Champ, we advocate the assimilation of knowledge in a phased manner without rushing through, giving prime focus on the understanding and application of concepts. Once a concept is taught, we ask the student to practice a couple of questions in ascending order of difficulty on the same idea to further strengthen his understanding. We ask the child to follow his independent thought process as to how will he approach the question? Many times, though, the problem is answered correctly, but it lacks the correct approach. We narrate the child a more efficient way to solve the same question, thereby further expanding his horizon. In this way, the student begins to enjoy the conceptual approach seeing its benefits both in terms of reducing problem complexity and significant reduction of the time spent in answering the problem. This approach, with time, paves the way for a child to focus on problem-solving rather than to cram. This step-by-step approach lays the foundation for a dramatic increase in his scores and overall approach to questions.
Our Alumni students all over the prestigious colleges in the US tell us how the change in their approach towards problem-solving is also helping them flare excellently in their undergraduate courses too irrespective of the stream they chose. So, we at SAT Champ highly recommend that you do provide us a chance to help us nurture your talent and maximize your potential.