As students, is it better to Cram or to Understand?

According to Wikipedia, ‘CRAMMING (also known as mugging or swotting , from swot , like to ” sweat “, meaning “to study with determination”) is the practice of working intensively to absorb large volumes of informational material in short amounts of time. It is often done by students in preparation for upcoming exams, especially at the last minute. Cramming is often discouraged by educationists because the sudden coverage of material tends to result in poor long-term retention.

UNDERSTANDING (also called intellection ) is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person ,situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that
object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding.

Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge sufficient to support intelligent behavior. An understanding is the limit of a conceptualization . To understand something is to have conceptualized it to a given measure.”

My guess remains that alot of students Cram but do not wish to do so. But we need to ask ourselves ‘Why do Students Cram?’ Although I subscribe to the fact that lazy students love to carry
their big manuals in few days to exams and powerfully
cram, but beyond this fact, there are few reasons why students can be pressurized into big time cramming. These include:

– When the lecturer taking you a particular course loves that you give him the way he has given you.
-When University students have little time to combine lots of activities with exams preparations so are forced
to resolve into cramming.
-When the volume of the course is unexplainably bulky
and quite hard to comprehend or understand every single
bit of the course.
-inability to really understand some abstract topics easily. Truth be told, some courses require that you just take them the way they are, so trying to understand such courses usually prove difficult.

However, let’s be frank. Understanding gives you a long term remembrance of what you patiently studied. It’s goes straight into your longterm memory. Whereas unless you’re a genius in cramming, it’s hard to remember what you hastily crammed probably few months ago(when you cram it’s goes into short term memory) .

Cramming would be safe as a reading technique until it’s
now required of you to reproduce what you once studied
or visualized . You know it will be a big shame if after graduating with a good grade, you’re then asked to explain a particular situation relating to your field, but you could not; just because when you ought to understood, you crammed.

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