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College Hacks - How to Pull an All-Nighter (The RIGHT Way!)

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It is back to school time once more, and you know what that means!  After you've procrastinated studying for that exam or working on that final project, you have to pull yet another all nighter.  They are fun at first, but after a few years they start to wear on you.  Some people even get a hung-over type feeling once they finally get some sleep after an intense all-nighter.

I thrive on all nighter runs.  As long as you can properly nourish your body to help counter the stress from lack of sleep, having an all nighter every now and then can make a HUGE difference in your GPA.  

If you want to learn how to hack your life and pull successful all-night study sessions or project rampages, then this is just the instructable for you.

 
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Step 1: Have a Plan & Come Prepared

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Know what you need to study and how you are going to study for it.  Set a goal for yourself, a few good studying goals include:
  • Copying all important points from notes into a study guide / cram guide.
  • Re-reading one or several chapters of your textbook and taking notes as needed.
  • Creating a complete set of flash cards and going through the set a certain number of times.
If you have a project due, gather everything you need and don't stop until it is done.

Make sure you have all of the study material and snackage that you need to keep you going all night long.

Drinks and snacks?  Check.
Textbooks?  Notes?  Check, Check.
Index Cards, Highlighters, Sharpies, and Pens?  Checkity Check!

Nice One..... helped a lot.... :D

andressm1 month ago

ya thanks this will hopefully help me through a night of studying and homework

TheProcrastibaker (author)  andressm1 month ago
Good luck. Stay hydrated!

Thanks! I learned a lot. I will be having an all-nighter tonight.. So, I'll be doing these stuffs.... So... thanks again!

~BTW, the pictures of the cat is so cute! Made this article more interesting and fun :)

Ryanoxpqz5 months ago
Studies have actually shown that those who get a good nights sleep and don't study at all get generally higher test scores than those who study all night.
TheProcrastibaker (author)  Ryanoxpqz5 months ago
Interesting. Would you mind providing a source for these studies?

Also, while that is generally true overall, everyone learns differently. I've found that when I feel that I am not comfortable enough with the content the night before an exam, pulling an all-nighter to review can certainly help me feel more prepared, which lowers my anxiety during the exam and allows me to focus better. To each their own, I guess.
EricHi1 year ago
Very interesting subject - Thanks for the Instructable!
I used to be an expert at all nighters as an undergrad back in the 60's but, I never got organized for one. Routinely used them to study for an exam the following day then crashing after the last class of the day. Always pulled them when a course paper was due since I thought I was one of the world's greatest procrastinators. I learned through time that I could do my best work under this kind of stress. The kicker was when I was in grad school and did a paper for an educational course (required) and they wanted to distribute the paper throughout the Kansas secondary educational system. This was a big LOL.
It was always understood that one has a high learning extinction rate when cramming studies like this, but I totally disagree. I learned that I retained knowledge much longer than if I learned it under less stressful situations. I had heard that if a person stayed up extended periods of time they would experienice hallucinations. Having never experienced such things I tried it. After reaching almost three days I experienced NO hallucinations but did get a sever headache. I got to the point where I had a very difficult time starting sleep. This really freaked me out. Went back to school in my 40's and and learned that I could still do it. I was proud of myself - lol.
katerlyn1 year ago
I love all nighters but now that I'm almost 55 even 6 hours cleaning a room shows no progress. Sigh.....I am really slowing down!! Thanks for a cute instructable. One thing to help is taking airborne or emergenC vitamins in a drink because if I do 3 days in a row staying up and getting only 4 hours of sleep, no doubt I will get my annual knock me down 5-7 days on the couch with no energy illness like a bad cold or the flu. Dec. 25th I got hi and 5 days later I was okay, thanks to 3 airbornes every day till I felt better. Costco had them on sale and luckily I had stocked up on them!! When I'm sick...I cannot move and if I'm lucky I'll drag myself to the canned fruit. I just get sicker and sicker cuz I refuse to get up to eat.
15zhangfra2 years ago
Nice one. Although I disagree with the no distractions. Usually I have a rock hard plan and a time frame to complete things. I let myself on Facebook to mess around all I want- so long as I finish within the time frame. I do away with naps instead. Students at my school have pretty much incorporated Facebook into every class, we make groups to make solving problems and getting help much easier. Usually I'll find helpful tidbits from other people in the same boat, or from people who already finished and are playing video games for the night on.

Also, physical activity helps stimulate the brain. Medium intensity is the best. You should feel bouncing and ready to go when you finish, but not tired from all the work.
Babyshoes2 years ago
Wow, this is actually a well thought out piece of advice, as opposed to the caffeine & sugar-fest I expected to find. Well done!

Of course, if you you are this organised about pulling an all-nighter, chances are you are organised enough to have done the work well in advance and will seldom need to pull one!