I am a reformed crammer. I'm still only in my last semester of prereqs, but I took micro a couple semesters ago. When I got my first degree, I rarely cracked a book until 2-3 days before an exam, and that was if I was lucky. I pulled several 30-40 hour study sessions, washing my vivarins down with coffee. I was working 30 hrs/wk, going to school full time, and trying to maintain a way too active social life. I'm also one of those people who feel like they need good grades, and I graduated with a 3.6. So cramming can work as far as getting decent grades is concerned, but I honestly remember almost nothing now from four years of school (graduated 6 years ago, but still). I decided to go for nursing 2 years ago, and decided to change my ways. I read all my chapters before class, go to every class if possible, take detailed notes, and then I'm already halfway done. I start actually studying about a week before an exam, taking my own notes on the material and/or making flashcards. If we have any review questions or a detailed outline, I'll type out the answers to all of those...then for an 8:30 exam I go to bed at 11. I get up at 6:15, shower, drive to a Denny's by school, and have breakfast and coffee while I go over all my info one last time. I learm better on a full stomach, and the crammer in me still wants to review right before the exam. I do think that seeing it one last time helps me with recall, but generally I already know it all by that point. And no, I'm not a morning person, but I do what works. I have a 4.0 since returning to school. The key is not to rely only on cramming, I think. Good luck to you!!