How to Survive an All-Nighter

The phrase “all-nighter” seems to be something that is forever linked with the college experience. Almost any college graduate will tell you that they were forced to stay up all night at least once in their college career. If you can, it is best to prepare ahead of time, so that this painful experience is not one that you have to live through. If it comes down to that deadline day however, and you find yourself with a paper to write or project to finish, here are some tips that can hopefully help you to survive.

Drink Plenty of Water

The most common mistake that students make when trying to stay up, is to reach for the caffeine. Although it has a reputation for keeping you awake, this is perhaps the worst thing that you can do. It will make it hard for you to focus, and is damaging to your general health. Instead, grab an ice-cold water bottle and keep it by you. It will help you to focus much better, and prevent a crash.

Keep on the Move

Different things work for different people, but one technique is to make sure that you change locations every couple of hours. Perhaps start your paper at home and then move to the library once you start to get too tired.

Take Breaks

That deadline will be looming, but you still have to remember to take breaks intermittently. Too much writing at once and your productivity can decrease. Only take a nap if you are certain that you will be able to wake up again!

Proof Read

Working through the night will most likely produce something that is far short of your best work. It is for this reason that an all-nighter is not recommended but, should you be forced, make sure that you take a good look at your work afterwards. The chances are that you will find a lot of mistakes that you hadn’t noticed!

Plan Better Next Time!

At the end of your all-nighter, you will probably be promising yourself that you will never do it again. Once the next deadline comes around however, this one will be all but forgotten. Don’t forget the pain that you went through for this paper or project, and make sure that you use it to motivate you well before the next deadline.

Hopefully these tips will help you when your back is against the wall, but remember that they should only be used as a last resort. So plan ahead ndash; both your grades and your body will be grateful that you did!

Robert Ramsten is a writer for a He helps students decide if online schools are right for them and helps them to enroll.

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