American students are stressed. According to a study by NYU, "Nearly half (49%) of all students reported feeling a great deal of stress on a daily basis and 31 percent reported feeling somewhat stressed."
There are a lot of causes of chronic stress, from social media and cell phone usage/addiction, to pressure to attend college and a lack of time management/organizational skills. A lot of students spend their time constantly trying to ration their effort in an attempt to get the best grade possible. Instead focus on the goal of school: actually learning something.
The best way to 1) avoid being surprised by what's on a test, 2) prevent cramming to prepare for a test, and 3) ensure you actually learn something is to review a little bit every day. Spend at least 5-10 minutes for each class every afternoon or evening going over what you learned that day. What could you possibly do after you only just learned the material in class?
If you review a little every day, studying for a test is a piece of cake. Since you've already been exposed to the material at least twice (or three times if you read the book prior to class), studying goes faster and is less stressful. If you walk into class and realize you have a test that day, at least you're somewhat prepared!
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NOTE: All of our College Success tips work for ANY level of school!