Do you have/had the habit of studying only before the exams?

India
August 20, 2009 11:12am CST
Hi People, This is for everyone...... How many of you really study or studied their subjects daily in schools? Many of us have/had the habit of studing only before the exams. I too had the same mind. I don't have the habit of studying daily and only before one or two days I'll study for the exams.. Do you people have the same mind set? In my country we are having a study system of subjects in all the field till 12th grade. I mean, english, second language, botany, zoology, maths, goegraphy, history, civics... like this the list goes on..Then we go to college for higher studies..So I won't be interested in stuying all daily. Do you think studying daily will have the better knowledge in the subject. Don't we have the knowledge when stuying only before the exams? Why don't you share your experience..... Cheers... have a nice day always...
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@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Hello, you have a nice discussion. I was a lazy student. I only go for study or revision at the last minute. Hence I need to study very hard when the exam is coming real soon to me. But most of my friends that I know, they study everyday in fact of last minute. they go studying daily. Of course it is the best way to learn. We have to get prepare early before the day come. It is just like get an umbrella before it rains.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear vingyan, We are the same gang-lah! We better make sure our children did daily study and revision...it is a better option especially now it is more competitive compared to our time I always did last minute study or I practice Just-In-Time (JIT), IF not in time then the last resort = Spot Questions If come out, jump in joy...if did not come out..cry in tears! All the best, Thank God we no need to sit for exams anymore!
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• India
21 Aug 09
Hi vingyan06 and Irene, Thanks for commenting my discussion. I am too in your boat. But the thing is sometimes cycle test and small test will be conducted weekly once or sometimes daily. For that too I won't study but completed anyhow.... As you said the burden of exams are over... ha ha ha... Have a nice day always... Cheers
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• Indonesia
20 Aug 09
Yes, that's my habit I know that many people say better to study everyday, but I don't find any problem in study only 1 or 2 days before exam, not everyday (and my scores are good). I feel lazy if I read the same material again and again..it makes me sleepy and I can easily forget it if I read it too often. For me, it's better to have short time but effective study (it means you really focusing yourself in that lesson) than study from 1 week before the day but not serious / many interuption, either eat, talk with friends, send text message, etc.. I believe each people have different method to understand the lesson well. For me, it's to stay focus to teacher explanation and study whenever I want seriously
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• India
20 Aug 09
Hi ChrysanTflower, Actually I too didn't had the habit of studing daily in any days of my school life and childhood days. Sometimes during my college I have even go to exams without studying anything. I just read the question twice and neatly write some interesting stuff which seems to be somewhat related to that question and my presentation will be neat... Then I just pass out in the exam... Have you done anthing like that? Cheers.. Have a great always...
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• Indonesia
21 Aug 09
So far, I never go to exam without study anything..you're a quiet naughty student Phillip I can't find anything to write or present if I haven't read the material..maybe I can try to relate it to my daily life or use my general knowledge, but of course the result won't as good as if I prepared myself before.. Anyway, nice topic!
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20 Aug 09
When i was in school i never studied, not even before exams. Well i had a quick skim through the stuff but nothing major. I am the kind of person who just takes stuff in as the teacher was talking and then i would just remember it. Ive never really been one for learning from reading.
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• India
20 Aug 09
Hi polo_princess, Yeah... I really forget to mention about that in my discussion about the notes which had to be taken while class. But every teachers and lecturers are not good in giving nice stuffs about the subject and I mean something interesting to the subject that really makes others to have an interest on it... Sometimes most of them But its really nice to have that habit... Cheers.. Have a nice day....
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@DCLehnsherr (1042)
20 Aug 09
When I was in high school (11-16) I never studied except for the day before exams, I was always much too distracted by the Internet to even bother! When I moved up to college (16-18) and only have 4 subjects to study, two of which I really enjoyed, and so I started studying about a month before the exams started, though most of the time it was half hearted and would only become real studying the week before when I would take a self-enforced vacation from the Internet to concentrate on the work. In university I was usually too busy with written assessments to do all that much studying, and never read around the subject, so the studying went back to a lot of last minute work again, though thankfully by then exams weren't as important so it wasn't too bad lol! I think ideally studying daily would have been a good decision, and would probably have helped things stick in my mind, but I always worried that I would forget whatever I studied first in favour of things learnt afterwards so stuck to the last minute approach. It would be interesting to see what would happen, though I don't know if I could have managed it around my other interests lol All the best, Dranz
• India
20 Aug 09
Hi Dranz, Really nice to see your response in this discussion.I too really get bored to studying some rusty subjects. In fact I was studying nicely till my 12th grade. But after coming to college really I was totally lost. I am an engg. graduate and the subjects were never like that I was expected. So, I have studied only during the examinations.. But somehow I have made it through.... Cheers.... Have a nice day....
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@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear Phillip, I am guilty of this 'LAST MINUTE STUDY', So I am taking this opportunity here to advise whoever are sitting for any examinations, please be consistent and study everyday... it is for your own good, and you will definitely get 'flying colours' I always did last minute study, or Just-In-Time (JIT), IF not in time then I will resort to SPOT QUESTIONS. If it come out, I will jump in joy, if it did not come out Because of last minutes study, we purely study for the exams only. All the data and informations are stored in a special folder in my brain! It is called 'For Exams Only' with a clause - self delete after exams! So all data will be called to answer the questions, I did quite well.. normally can score distintions...BUT do not asked me now on Geography, Maths, Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or any non-language subjects. I cannot remember, because it was automatically deleted after the exams! If anyone asked me, I will jokingly answered them : I HAVE RETURNED THEM TO THE TEACHER, THEY NEED THEM TO TEACH THE FOLLOWING YEARS STUDENTS...LOL Thank God I do not need to sit for exams anymore...what a relieve!
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear myLotters, A piece of advise, if you want to excel in your exams and learned the right method to study, refer to response No. 1 above (by jonjee). It is really practical and effective. All the best :)
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• India
22 Aug 09
Hi Iriene, Really well said. But the thing is most of the studies are not at all involved in our job today. Sometimes I think why we have studied these and wated our time. Because in my job they provide training for the freshers according to their work nature and nothing involved the matters which I have studied. But I am not telling this for everyone. But for some... So I won't bother whether my studies gets deleted after the exams or not.... Cheers... Have a nice day....
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• India
20 Aug 09
Hey buddy this is really beautiful question which probably i should have thought 8 years back ha ha. well i was and even now sailing in the same boat. i have always studied for the exams only the night before the exam. well some subject like English i have studied only an hour before the exam. When i move into new academic year i have always plan to study my subjects on daily basis but it goes on only for few days and then i am back to routine games and roaming. i crossed the same way till my 12 years of schooling and even college. Well studying the night before exam would not be recommended by me as i was always been a average student but rather if i had studied i would have been top in the class may in school too.
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• India
21 Aug 09
Thats real albert. I never liked to study daily and I used to study only the night to study. I will plan to study daily but it will lasts only 2 days or 3 days. Then again I'll used to roam on my different activites not on any studies... Cheers
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• India
21 Aug 09
ha ha well 90% of boys are on the same boat . well but still i feel proud of boys as we manage to get the score required to get through the exam. so boys lets enjoy the life and study too in our own wish of time
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@prinzcy (5057)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
I have that habit, really I do. I just can't shake it off. Even if I already read the books beforehand, I don't have the confident that I remember the details. So each night before any exam, I'll definitely become panic and start reading again. It is sux~~~ At least I realized I need to concentrate on what I am reading instead of become more panic and jump from one topic to another so I cover up everything.
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• India
21 Aug 09
HI prinzcy, The nervousness before the exam really makes us to do like that... Even when we don't study anything before, we really make gestures of covering all the topics turining the pages here and there... Have you done that.. I have done that... Cheers.. Have a nice day...
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• Philippines
20 Aug 09
Back in high school and college, i always study before going to exams, i have tendency to forget it early if i study it long before exams. it ain't easy though but it's okay for me to do it since i get to remember almost 80% of what I've studied.
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• India
21 Aug 09
Hi LetranKnight25, The same reason of the fear of forgetting I study before exams. But I think its not true it really gets revealed at the time of writing the exams... Have a nice day.. Cheers..
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• India
20 Aug 09
From my childhood I studied only before the exam day and i'm continuing till now.Though we had strict study hours in our schools i never studied at all.I thought its a waste of time but by studying everyday It improves your concentration and memory power.I always go for enjoying life apart from studies.I'm doing it now too..;)
• India
21 Aug 09
Really what you have said is absolutely true. Studying daily increases our concentration and it will create a habit of good thinking and ability to have a focused mind. But I have never done that and it still continues like you even before going for an interview I will prepare only before a day... Cheers... Have a nice day...
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
26 Dec 11
My thought was to study daily & then refresh my memory just before exams. I would study daily & highlight the important things in my books. Just before the exams. I glance through my books thereby refreshing my brain of the more important information. If you wait to just before exams to study, I don't think you're really learning...only stuffing facts into the brain so you can pass the exam. I don't think that is learning...it is only cramming!!! By studying daily, you might not even need to study before the exam as you have the knowledge!!! Why go to college if you don't truly want to learn???
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Hi phillip_shiny, When I was a student, I also don't study daily I only start reviewing my notes before the exam day. When we have our interest in the subject even if we don't study on it daily, we will have it on our mind. It automatically be an additional knowledge to us. Now since the exams may consist enumerations, and word for word definition of terms, I find it easier to just study before the exams.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Hi there phillip_shiny! When I was still in school, I had this attitude of reading my notes as regularly as possible. I did not want to cram. I always wanted to make sure that I was ready for whatever exam. Now that I am teaching, I also encourage my students to read their notes even if there are no exams scheduled.
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• India
26 Feb 12
hi my fellow my lotter ,that is really very good discussion.in my school days i use to work hard with my studies.i use to study each every day after returning home.but when i have entered into my college ,then i have changed,i use to enjou my college life.i bunked colleges ,but at the time of exams i use to study
@shskumbla (3341)
• India
21 Feb 12
I don't have such habit. I read lessons everyday. Teachers told that 'read all day.' I learned that when we study only before the exam.., the exam will be very tough. We should study when teachers taught us. In that time we will remember all the lessons. Now I am reading/studying all days. I have no exam fear. Then I listen all lessons clearly. Then I have no doubt.... Very good good good discussion. Have a nice day.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
23 Aug 09
it has been a while since i was in college. but i dont think i studied on a daily basis. rather, i did homework and lots of reading and researching on a daily basis. and, when i wasnt reading, researching or doing homework, i was relaxing or sleeping before i continue to do other homework and more reading. i think it is a good habit to study on a daily basis, if u can do that. but that is too much studying for me. i need to take breaks and breathe.
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
22 Aug 09
In school and college I studied every day, but not every subject. I found that rewriting notes cemented things in my mind, so I had notebooks full of notes that I could go back over when needed. It was a system; record the class, transcribe the recording to notes, next day read over notes again. If any questions listen to the recording again. If not, copy the notes and put them away. It worked for me. In difficult subjects reading over the last week's notes before transcribing the new ones helped put things together for me. I am older now, and find learning much harder! I have to study every day to learn now. What a difference!
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
During my time as a student I admit I was not the perfect student, most of the time I am cramming. I do things for rush because when I was in college I have so many things to do. Sometimes I do study in advance, much more if that subject is really critical. I do save my time to study to it strictly. when that subject are just minor, I will study it a night before the exam so that for yesterday it will still stay fresh on my brain. I was successful sometimes but sometimes I got mental blocked. We are not perfect, but atleast we done our best to be a good student.
@codemage (65)
• India
22 Aug 09
Its very heartening to see there are people like me :) I never studied through out the year and always believed in studying for 3-4 days before exams.But somehow I always managed to pull it off with good marks.The habit continued and I completed my engineering also doing the same.I am lucky I never had to suffer because of this habit. I think one should study through out the year and be on track.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Aug 09
When I was in school, (at University) back in the dark ages before computers and cell phones, I did keep up with my school work, but did make a point of studying extra before exams. I would spend that week before finals organizing my notes, getting the notes together, rewriting what I thought the prof would test us on and studying those. I have to say that over the 4 yrs of college I got better at knowing what the prof would probably be testing us on and by the last semester actually made the honor roll.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
That my habit when I was being in first year college but when i realize that it is not right because we cannot immediately memorize all our subjects so i decide to study and study, readings and reading books to memorize something related onto the topics we studied before...It's hard to take exams if we only study when exams date. have a great day!