You failed to read a single page of your textbook and an exam is about to rear its ugly head. What do you do?
Well, many college students would cram information the night before. That's right, they will pull an all-nighter so they can try and learn everything they were supposed to learn over the past couple of months in one night. You know what this leads to? Well, check out the four points below to find out.
Why College Students Should Never Pull An All-Nighter For Exams
- Cramming Might Work, But You Won't Retain The Information
- You'll Likely Feel Like A Zombie By The Time You Reach Your Exam
- You're Not Practicing Good Habits
- No One Does This In The Real World
Cramming Might Work, But You Won't Retain The Information
There's a reason why students aren't taught everything in one class. (1) It's impossible and (2) students wouldn't retain most of the information.
This is one of the major problems with cramming in college. Students cram the night before, only remember the information for the test, and then they forget most of the information a day or so later. Do you see the problem in this? Sure, a cramming student might get a good grade on the test, but he/she isn't going to remember anything for the next test.
College is a very expensive investment, so you should be learning as much as humanly possible during this time by taking notes, paying attention in lecture, asking questions, going to office hours, reading the material that is provided, etc.
Just remember, cramming might work when it comes to getting a decent grade on your test, but it won't work when it comes to retaining information for the long-term.
You'll Likely Feel Like A Zombie By The Time You Reach Your Exam
Some people might think this is funny -- feeling like a zombie, that is. There is nothing funny about being sleep deprived, though, and that is exactly what you will be if you pull an all-nighter.
People might not know this, but driving tired is basically the same thing as driving drunk.
Feeling like a zombie as a result of staying up the entire night studying is not good for your health, and you are basically deemed useless when it comes to talking to people. After all, your brain simply doesn't work as well when you haven't slept in 24-plus hours.
Things like walking, talking and driving will become obstacles, and that should never be the case.
You're Not Practicing Good Habits
You know what cramming for an entire night does for you? It helps to create bad habits. This is one of the problems with college when students don't take it seriously.
Students who don't take college seriously create a lot of bad habits. Of course, not everyone is like that, but there are a good amount of college students who are.
Achieving a massive amount of success is all about creating an all-star schedule and being consistent in every sense of the word. Cramming (aka procrastination) is the exact opposite of that, and you really don't want that to carry over to the real world -- do you?
No One Does This In The Real World
Okay, so there might be some people who still pull off all-nighters in the real world, but it is still rare.
Do you know what would happen if you showed up to work sleep deprived? Well, you would likely do a bad job, your performance levels would go down and you might even get fired if you make a bad habit of this. With that said, there are plenty of sleep disorders out there, and workplaces will be very understanding of those situations.
Moral of the story, stop cramming for tests, college students.