Calgary, AB (PRWEB) December 4, 2006
End of semester exams are approaching for many college students, creating less time for sleep and increased stress and anxiety. The Education Advisor section on WorldWideLearn.com, the world's premier online directory of education, evaluates when cramming for tests is most (and least) effective for scholarly success (http://www.worldwidelearn.com/education-advisor/questions/does-cramming-for-tests-work.php).
According to WorldWideLearn.com columnist Edward Castro, cramming is useful for memorizing data and is stored in the short-term memory. However, cramming does not build lasting connections to the studied material. Only studying and the regular reinforcement of ideas through repetition build neural connections. To ensure better grades, WorldWideLearn.com recommends eating a good meal, relaxing and getting a good night's sleep.
The study "Consolidation During Sleep of Perceptual Learning of Spoken Language" by Kimberly Fenn, Howard Nusbaum and Daniel Margoliash claims that sleep actually helps people remember and retain material learned throughout the day.
The National Sleep Foundation 2005 "Sleep in America" poll found that only half of adults get a good night's sleep a few nights each week. Students may be particularly vulnerable to poor sleep habits. School-related pressures trigger stress, and stress is considered the number one cause of short term sleeping difficulties.
WorldWideLearn.com's Education Advisor section supports the Office of Educational Research and Improvement's assertion that "organization, planning, and time management are essential for becoming a successful student." For many students, especially nontraditional students who often work 35 or more hours a week and/or are single parents, time management is a key concern. Lack of time can be a prime cause for student anxiety and the need to cram for tests.
WorldWideLearn.com's articles give practical advice for all types of students, including those pursuing accredited distance learning, online high school and traditional classroom educations. For nontraditional students, this advice includes improving on any skills, such as writing or math, before pursuing higher-level study (http://www.worldwidelearn.com/education-advisor/home.php).
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