Ah, midterm season. It has only been a few weeks since school started, and you’re probably already counting down the days until Thanksgiving break. If you find yourself needing to stay up all night to finish a project, study for an exam, or just get your life together, try these helpful tips.
Pulling an all nighter is like preparing for battle: you have to come prepared for anything. You should bring these essentials:
Refillable Water Bottle
All Studying Materials
Your Favorite Coffee
Fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks
Pain Relievers (for headaches)
Check and double check that you have all of the supplies you need before you make your way to the library/ classroom/ wherever you study. Nothing is worse that settling into the only open chair left, just to realize that you left your textbook for tomorrow’s exam at home.
While not the most exciting activity, drinking water is one of the most important aspects to help you stay awake during your all nighter.
Dehydration makes you feel even more exhausted, making the idea of an allnighter even less bearable. By drinking at least one 8 oz. glass of water per hour, you can combat dehydration and make you feel more alert and ready to take on the night ahead.
Most college campuses have refillable water fountains in the library, so be sure to bring a large bottle and fill it up frequently.
You know how turning off the lights is a universal sign for nap time? The opposite is also true.
Sitting in a space with bright lights helps your brain turn on, believing that it is daytime and there is work to be done. Try to sit in a space with as much light as possible, and move around any spot in particular is starting to give you a headache. Libraries aren’t known for their great lighting.
DRINK COFFEE, OBVIOUSLY
Of course, we had to mention the oldest trick in the book. Drinking heaps of caffeine to stay awake works wonders, but only if you are smart about it.
If you are a caffeine addict downing more than four cups per day, then try holding back on the caffeine leading up to your study session. You will have the best luck if you start drinking coffee right before you begin studying, then slowly sip your drink throughout.
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Sitting in one spot for 12 hours can ruin both your physical and mental well-being. Give yourself brief study breaks every 60 or 90 minutes to take a walk, do some jumping jacks (outside, preferably, but we don’t judge), or just stand up.
Moving around will get your blood pumping and even help boost your cognitive performance, helping you focus better and study more productively.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS…
If you really feel like you are about to slouch over in your seat, just take a nap. Napping for less than 20 minutes reduces the risk of waking up groggy to keep studying.
And if you start to feel ill, get some shut eye. Set an alarm to wake up early and finish up, but go to sleep first. Then wake up, grab a strong cup of coffee, and get ready to work. Your body will thank you.
All nighter study sessions are stressful, but these tips should help you make the most of your evening.
What are your tips for a successful and productive all-nighter of studying? Let us know in the comments.
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