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Cramming VS Learning : Who Is The Winner ???

25 Mar | Source: : Oswaal Books Editorial Board

Students while studying tend to pick up knowledge in ways that are convenient to them. While some find it easy to mug up and spill out the same a day before exam, the others take it lightly during exam hours as they have kept their concepts clear and learnt things throughout the year.

Learning and cramming both have their pros and cons. When you lack interest in a particular subject and you don’t have the time to break down each word and tear past the tough exterior to understand the inner concepts, your next best option is memorizing. This might seem okay for subjects that are of lesser interests to the students but developing a habit of cramming up the lessons does not pay off well in future.

No matter how retention specific the memory of the child is it has its own limitations at the end of the day. The things that you cram up might stay in your head for 2-5 years but it fades away gradually when you keep adding to the mind. Learning however a constant physical and mental efforts, develops your reasoning and logical ability and retains in the mind for a longer span of time as the concepts of working are clear and well in=imbibed in the mind.

Memorizing concepts is never the solution because your knowledge doesn’t improve. Whatever you think you achieved is just temporary pseudo-knowledge that has a very short lifespan. Learning is understanding and analyzing different aspects of things and improving in ways you never thought possible.

When attempting to learn things instead of cramming up there is a possibility of higher innovation in the same old ways and means that are being taught in the classroom. The concepts work best when applied in the real life and etch their way into the mind that is not corrupted under any circumstances.

Some of the ways in which learning can be made easier for children have been listed as under:

  • Learning should be made fun and interesting for children. Taking them outside the confines on a classroom helps. Some of the ways to make learning interesting for children have been discussed in our blog earlier.
  • Instead of constant reading of the same things understanding the nuances of the chapters should be inculcated in children by the parents and teachers together.
  • Visualizing the actual happenings of the concepts helps students in creating a clear concept in their head. It furthermore, enhances their creativity and inculcates learning habits instead of cramming them.
  • Students must try to put the concepts in their own words. This helps them in retains the concepts and lessons as it is in a language that they are the most comfortable with.
  • Connecting the dots with the live happening of the life also inspires students to learn.

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