How to pull a suc­cess­ful all-nighter

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YOU for­got about that as­sign­ment or there’s a snap quiz that’s go­ing to make or break your grade point av­er­age. In an emer­gency when you have to pull an all-nighter, there are sev­eral nasty con­se­quences to deal with in­clud­ing be­ing tired and stressed on the ac­tual day you have to per­form. Here are some ideas on how to make it work bet­ter.

Set spe­cific study goals

When you’re in a panic, you might think that sim­ply putting in the hours guar­an­tees suc­cess. It doesn’t. You need to be very fo­cused so that all your ef­fort goes to reach­ing your goal.

Look at what you need to know to com­plete the as­sign­ment, quiz or exam. This means for­mu­lat­ing a list of all the spots you need to hit. Once you know what you need to do, you can work out a sen­si­ble ap­proach to get it all done ef­fi­ciently. Make a timetable that as­signs how long you can spend on each goal.

Kick ev­ery­one out

Study­ing in a group is not use­ful at this point. You’ll just end up moan­ing about your work and not get­ting ahead. Go to your room, lock the door, switch off your phone and do not look at any so­cial me­dia. Be a her­mit. Fo­cus on the work.

Sched­ule breaks

Your brain won’t work at its full ca­pac­ity all night long, so you need to be sen­si­ble and have breaks. There is no hard and fast rule to how of­ten and what you should do on your break. Best thing is to work with your body rhythms. For ex­am­ple, you may find you work best long haul in which case you’d work 50 min­utes and break for 10. Or you may be bet­ter at short flashes, in which case you’d work 20 min­utes and break for five min­utes.

Most im­por­tantly, see­ing you’re work­ing all night, try to add in a good nap at the end. An hour is good but two would be bet­ter.

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