In academics, cramming
(also known as mugging
) 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. Cramming is often discouraged by educators because the hurried coverage of material tends to result in poor retention.
Cramming usually occurs during the revision week, also known as swotvac in Commonwealth countries.
The pressure to excel academically has led to cramming behavior among students as young as five years old.