Cramming for the exam

Definition

Cramming for the exam is a phrase used to describe the act of studying for an exam or other assessment in a short period of time, often the night before the exam.

Examples

I’m really not prepared for the exam, I’m going to have to do some serious cramming tonight.

I spent all weekend cramming for the test and I think it paid off, I passed with flying colors.

Origin

The phrase ‘cramming for the exam’ is believed to have originated in the 16th century amongst students in Europe who would ‘cram’ knowledge into their heads in order to pass exams.

FAQs

Q: What is the best way to cram for an exam? A: The best way to cram for an exam is to focus on key concepts, make notes and practice test questions.

Q: How much time should I give myself to cram for an exam? A: It depends on the amount of material you need to cover. Generally, it is best to give yourself at least a few days to review and practice for an exam.