Anti-studying: the more you read, the less you know

Everything seems unfamiliar and un-memorizable
MONTREAL, 4 SEPTEMBER 2008 -- McGill Faculty of Law on Thursday, September 4, 2008. PHOTO BY IAN BARRETT FOR MACLEANS MAGAZINE

When I was studying for exams a little over a week ago, Christmas break seemed impossibly far away.

Normally, the more I study for an upcoming exam, the better I feel. As I read over my notes and review the textbook, the material seems familiar and my impending sense of doom diminishes a little.

But for my Embryology exam, the more I studied, the more I realized I didn’t know anything.