Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

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Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Quasi-Skeptic » Tue May 31, 2011 11:31 pm

You're in high school, and its ten or so minutes before an important test which you aren't entirely prepared for. The question is, would studying in those few crazed minutes really help you? Is the "short term memory" you have powerful enough to retain all the information you are desperately making it remember? This idea dawned on me earlier today, and it really interested me. what are your thoughts (backing up your beliefs would make a much stronger point, but if you cannot find legitimate information on the subject your perspectives are also encouraged)?
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Gord » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:16 am

My answer is yes. My anecdotal evidence consists of a course I took in university. It was a simplified geology and astronomy course, for arts students who needed a science credit. The final grade depended upon the results of four quarterly exams, each worth 25% of the final mark.

For the first quarter of the course, I went every day. I scored a B+ on the exam.
For the second quarter, I skipped about a third of the classes and relied on last-minute studying from the textbook. I scored a B+ on the exam.
For the third quarter, I skipped most of the classes and relied on last-minute studying from the textbook. I scored a B+ on the exam.
For the fourth quarter, I skipped all but two classes, and relied on last-minute studying from the textbook. I scored a B+ on the exam.

Of course, it depends on what you're learning and how the testing is carried out. If the course gives out the question types beforehand, you can study those specific elements at the last minute and expect to do well.
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Martin Brock » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:34 pm

All that tuition to read a book ...
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Post by Gord » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:19 am

Martin Brock wrote:All that tuition to read a book ...
I certainly wasted a lot of money at university, but in the case of that course, it was purely for the credit. Alternative nicknames for that course were "Rocks for Jocks" and "Rocks and Stars."

My biggest wastes of money were the calculus course, and at least half of the computer courses I took. But by then, I probably should have been seeking psychiatric help. :wgrin:
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Post by Major Malfunction » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:54 am

Calculus... *dribbles*

I failed that in secondary, but got a distinction in uni.

The difference? The lecturer gave us a single sheet of A4 with all the WTF? equals WTF! formulas.

So, after years of struggling to understand WTF?, I became a WTF! genius overnight.

Now I've lost my bit of A4, and I've no need to find it agin... Huc'yuk!
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Post by Gord » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:04 pm

I hope I have no idea what that means, 'cause even if I do, I don't.
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Post by Major Malfunction » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:38 pm

Me too.
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Post by Gord » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:46 pm

Ah! Calculus! :pr:

Come to think of it, that was my main problem with calculus. I could do it and get an answer, but I didn't know why it worked so I could never be sure if my answer was correct (well, unless I could do the problem with a different form of math -- but then what would be the point of calculus in the first place?).
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Monster » Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:05 pm

danielstern96 wrote:You're in high school, and its ten or so minutes before an important test which you aren't entirely prepared for. The question is, would studying in those few crazed minutes really help you? Is the "short term memory" you have powerful enough to retain all the information you are desperately making it remember? This idea dawned on me earlier today, and it really interested me. what are your thoughts (backing up your beliefs would make a much stronger point, but if you cannot find legitimate information on the subject your perspectives are also encouraged)?
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Post by Major Malfunction » Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:07 pm

It's a bunch of squiggles that equals a bunch of squiggles. And that's that.
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by KnaveOfHearts » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:30 pm

Last minute studying helps to a point. Just keep in mind that by the late middle of the test you won't remember most of what you studied. The benefit of "real studying" is repetition.
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by bigtim » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:00 am

When I was in college I never crammed the night before a big exam. Now, I studied... but I figured a really nice dinner and a good night's sleep was way beter than staying up till 5am trying desperately to memorize... I always did great...

But then, there was that time I stayed up for 36 hours and studied for my Chemistry final exam and it saved my ass... so go figure....
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Brandt » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:58 am

I should study, but I don't. I pay attention in class, take notes, and participate in discussions. I feel prepared enough.
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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by williamjacob » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:00 am

I would like to answer it in general.
YES! It helps to study in the last minute! But it only helps for that particular examination. If you are given the same question after a day, I bet, you will not be able to answer it perfectly.
Last minute studying perfectly helps when you have already read about that particular topic previously.
Now it helps you and makes you remember longer.

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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by Gord » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:57 am

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Post by Gord » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:03 pm

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Re: Can you really benefit from "last minute studying"?

Post by rrichar911 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:56 am

Gord wrote:Ah! Calculus! :pr:

Come to think of it, that was my main problem with calculus. I could do it and get an answer, but I didn't know why it worked so I could never be sure if my answer was correct (well, unless I could do the problem with a different form of math -- but then what would be the point of calculus in the first place?).
Read the Principia. It explains in pain staking gruesome detail, why it works.

I actually found it quite amazing how Newton went about it. Not quite at all what you get in a Calc course.

I'm not sure we ever really understand something until we go through what the first guy to jump on an idea went through to jump on it.


To answer the question, you benefit from any studying more than no studying.
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Post by Gord » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:10 pm

rrichar911 wrote:Read the Principia.
Is it long? :|

Are there crib notes somewhere?...
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