"Hello, Mindy! How do I avoid cramming for exams? I know there are times when busy students like me can't help it, but I want to start practicing good studying habits so I can get better grades. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!-Sarah"
Hello, Sarah, If it's any consolation, I've also had my fair share of cramming for exams and projects when I was still in school. But because I've realized that it's becoming an unhealthy habit, I decided to ditch cramming
. First of all, it pays to actually listen to and participate in class discussions]. Being proactive in class not only scores you good points with your professor, but you're also able to actually understand what is being discussed. This helps you remember things better. Taking notes
is also a good way to ensure that there's something to go back to in case you don't fully grasp a lesson. You don't have to take down every word your professor says; get to the point of what he's saying and jot that down. Of course, it's important to set a schedule and learn which tasks to prioritize. If you have an exam next week, start preparing for it a week earlier and postpone that out-of-town trip with your friends until after the exam (make that trip your reward!). It takes practice to develop good studying habits, so start as early as you can.