By Byron Moore, posted June 18, 2018
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Most important things in life cannot be crammed.
You remember cramming. It was a skill I learned well in high school.
I would ignore learning any relevant material outside of what was required for day to day academic survival, until an appropriate interval prior to a big test. The interval may be 30 minutes to 24 hours prior to a big test, depending on the teacher. Having procrastinated as long as possible, I would read the high points of the material, perhaps including some Cliff Notes if it was a big test. Usually the items I was seeking to cram into my short-term memory were factoids I had identified by that time-honored method of academic inquiry…asking the teacher, “Is this going to be on the test?”
So cramming works…in some situations, most of which are not very important or beneficial over the long-term.
In fact, cramming is usually a short-term solution that simply delays or anesthetizes a long-term problem.