Sleep Before an Exam

AS I have said in my previous posts, cramming for an exam is never going to lead to good results. You would only strain yourself and, as a result, instead of helping you score high in your exam you would most likely flunk it. One wrong move of those who are cramming is to set sleep aside and spend the whole night studying their lesson.

Sleep tonight, not on your exams.
Sleep tonight, not on your exams.

A few years ago, I was in college then, I have read an article on TIME magazine that explains the importance of sleep. It was based on a research study comparing the memory retention of two groups of learners and the factor being tested was sleep. Both groups were made to perform a specific learning task and were tested afterwards. It was found out that those who were able to sleep the night before the test have significantly improved their performance.

Dr. Piotr A. Wozniak studied the role of sleep in learning and he concluded that,

“By cutting down on sleep we learn less, we develop less, we are less bright, we make worse decisions, we accomplish less, we are less productive, we are more prone to errors, and we undermine our true intellectual potential!”

According to him, persons who will most likely succeed in learning have the following characteristics:

  • highly optimistic
  • sleeps well
  • knowledge hungry
  • stress-tolerant
  • energetic but able to slow down at the time of learning

Cramming is really never going to lead you to success. Relax. Have a good night sleep. Stop studying your lessons until the wee hours of the morning because it really won’t be of help.

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Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan is a physics teacher at Alabel National Science High School. He is an advocate of constructivism approach in education. He employs active learning and independent learning in his lessons, and, of course, a lot of technology integration. His goal is to produce students who can solve problems on their own using the concepts they learn in the classroom. Ariel Lalisan is a Google Certified Innovator (Google Teachers Academy Southeast Asia 2014) and a community leader at Google Educator Group Sarangani. He is a co-founder of SoCCSKSarGen and he won the Globe Media Excellence Blogger of the Year Award in 2015.

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