For a suc­cess­ful all-nighter

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

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. Who knows? If you’re lucky, it may in­clude nap time.

Keep to your study ob­jec­tive

Study­ing in a group is not use­ful at this point. You’ll just end up com­plain­ing 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 full tilt all night, so you need to be sen­si­ble and have breaks.

There is no hard and fast rule on how often and how you should break. The best thing is to work with your body rhythms.

For ex­am­ple, you may find you work best for long stretches so you can study for 50 min­utes straight and then take a 10-minute break be­fore con­tin­u­ing. Or you may be bet­ter at short flashes, in which case you’d work 20 min­utes and break for five min­utes.

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

Study­ing in a group is not use­ful at this point so study on your own and fo­cus on the work.

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