Cramming and stress: why doing things ahead of time is more beneficial for you.

No student is new to cramming – when requirements and exams come pouring in you try to make use of all the time you have to absorb all the left over information that you chose to leave for later or just had no time to read. But do you really have no time? Or is it just you making an excuse?

“There’s just too many. I do not know where to start”

Being bombarded with a whole lot of things to do is one consequence when you cram your work. Learn to prioritize – finish what you can finish in your academics first before doing what you want. When everything seems a lot to handle, break them down into smaller more attainable goals and strive to finish it fast. Don’t get side-tracked download a productivity app or ban yourself from opening social media. If you can’t control yourself give your phone to your friend and make him add a password so you won’t be able to access it when you are working. Practice makes perfect, although this approach may be hard at first your mind will get used to thinking faster and moving faster. When writing a paper, remember that the first draft doesn’t need to be perfect write whatever comes to mind for the first 15 minutes and edit everything later.

“I wanted to sleep-in more”

When your new mattress from the top rated mattresses 2019 keeps exciting you to go to bed or to sleep-in more, avoid it. Sleeping for 6-8 hours every day even during finals and finishing you work on time seems more appealing to me rather than sleeping-in for 10-12 hours a day but being stressed and sleep-deprived every time a wave of new requirements come. Learn to look at the long-term effects of your actions, sleeping-in once or thrice a month is fine, but when it becomes a habit that affects your overall activities negatively do learn to fix it.                                                          

“One-time stress is better than being stressed for the whole semester”

Reviewing your lessons everyday makes you retain the information more rather than just cramming everything in one sitting plus when exam week starts, a few scans is all it takes to take-in the information – giving you more time to finish your more output based requirements and thus reducing your anxiety or stress. “I have no time to do this every day”, trust me you do, substitute some of your time in social media or read while on your ride to school, even quick scans each day makes a huge difference in the long-run.