Most people have tried 'cramming' - revising everything for an exam at the last minute. But does it do more harm than good?
- You won't retain the information beyond the exam, so even if it works, it's much less helpful than revising properly
- You'll stress yourself out, making it harder to do your best and possibly even making you remember less
- It's easy to make mistakes if you're rushing to memorise information
- You haven't prepared well enough for the exam.
- You're worried or anxious about the exam even though you have prepared.
If you have prepared but you're still anxious, cramming will probably make it worse. However, it can be difficult to know when you're worrying unnecessarily, so try to talk to someone about how you are feeling: an outside view might help you to get some perspective on how prepared you are. Read more advice on dealing with exam stress.