Pulling an AllNighter.

Hitomi (@kidvisions) 10 years ago

Hey everyone! I miss you all and miss being on this forum!
I have been super duper busy with school! Working soo hard (never worked harder) and practically having no time for myself. The tests I’ve taken were good so far but I am having a hard one tomorrow “syntax” (oh yeah, it was postponed actually– for those who remember my last post) and I feel I still need to study, I don’t feel ready + I just received a document from a friend that I need to read… Basically I am thinking about pulling an all nighter but I don’t know if it’s going to be a good idea!
I really need to pass that test!
So, what do you guys think? do you think it would be a good idea?
Have you ever pulled an allnighter? How did you do it? Was it successful?

May 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years ago ago

@kidvisions, anyone??

Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 10 years ago ago

I’ve pulled a lot of all nighters in the past two years… Nothing beats actually preparing and learning the material rather than memorizing the night before. When I pull all nighters, I feel like I’m running on pure adrenaline and anxiety, which is what I’ve figured out has been my usual state most of the time when studying/taking tests and really doing most things. I procrastinate until the last minute, and then cram for my tests by pulling all nighters. It was like I could only study with a gun to my head. Not a really good way to go about it, but it gets the job done if it’s absolutely necessary.

SumtinProphetic (4,925) (@sumtinprophetic) 10 years ago ago

@kidvisions, I know plenty of people that pull all-nighters, but it never seems beneficial to me.

I would never study past 1am (at the absolute latest). Your body and brain need the sleep to consolidate everything that you just reviewed… be it the fact that you actuall learned it, or just memorized it. Sleep helps consolidate and maintain the “memories” you just crammed in.

Plus, you’ll most likley feel exhausted and groggy come the time of your test.

Everyone is different though, and I know some people that will swear by the all-night cram session. I guess you just have to analyze how you normally do after a night of little to no sleep.

When it comes down to it, I always thought of the Dalai Lama’s quote

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it

In this case, is the difference between a B- to B+ or A- to A+ (or however better you think oyu’ll do) worth not sleeping?

Ramistotle (76) (@mcr513) 10 years ago ago

@kidvisions, I would do a blend. Study for an hour or two(or one topic in the course), take a 20-30 min nap, then proceed with the next topic. Not sure about when it gets to around dawn, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

Your mental attitude is key. It’s not life or death, so don’t stress about it too much. Stay calm, take it easy, and try not to get every detail. I think it’s more about the bigger picture and key concepts. Besides, that’s what partial credit is for.

You’ll be done with it before you know it, so just dig deep and maybe you’ll surprise yourself. Best of luck!

Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 10 years ago ago

If you are in the possibility of getting some speed (amfetamine), ritalin or a like then I would advice you to get it, will make it a lot easier. I have never done it without drugs, and I would not imagine myself making an exam after spending a whole night without sleep. I would prefer to go to sleep early and wake up like around 4/5 AM or something like that and study for a couple of hours yet, then all the memories will be still fresh. Good luck!

PS: How about your plans of running away? Did you figure out what you want already?

R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 10 years ago ago

ehh just review the material a few times before bed. do you really think you are going to be able to actually learn the stuff you cram into your fatigued mind at 3:30 in the morning?

Beth (5) (@bathey13) 10 years ago ago

Pulling all nighters is for attention seeking drama queens. It won’t help you pass a test because you’ll be so burned out the next day you can’t think straight. C’s get degrees.

anniec (29) (@anniec) 10 years ago ago

I have pulled quite a few , but for good reason only-..plenty of fun,.hedonistic value and not without the help of stimulants. I can only recall one or two occasions where it was work/study related and it wasn’t productive. I was a complete stress ball by the time the sun came up. If you can get hold of Ritalin – that’s the best thing-although you’ll feel like Einstein on crack;-) Failing that , plenty of caffeine, water , Vitamin C and regular breaks.

Ryan (30) (@ryanj) 10 years ago ago

Ahah yes the days I would stay up late studying on my ritalin supply definitely not worth it! I’m still growing and I plan on growing the most possible during high-school. In the long run it just isn’t worth it, sleep is so important for mind and body, I would just ditch the school work and suffer the consequences the following day, I learned from them! On a side note, Ritalin is also not good if you are a growing child, I like to distribute my “ADD” meds to other school children during test days but for a price of course ;)

El Duderino (29) (@eldude) 10 years ago ago

I was real bad with all nighters when my senioritis kicked into full gear. It’s a slippery slope, once your brain considers that as a viable option it can be hard to work normally without the pressure. So then you’re sleep-deprived and super stressed out all the time and you start throwing in a bunch of stimulants to keep you up and sedatives to finally get to sleep and pretty soon you’re on another plane of existence.

That being said there is a certain triumphant beauty in watching the sunrise alone and half-delirious in an empty library

anniec (29) (@anniec) 10 years ago ago

Holy Shit ..look at the time? Ive just pulled an all-nighter…

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years ago ago

@sumtinprophetic, @mcr513,
Well I went to sleep a few minutes after making this post! :p And I woke up early the next day thinking to myself that I’ve done more than enough! I have been preparing for this test for three weeks, studying non stop and if I don’t make it, well let it be!

@filipek, Haha! Well I still have the idea of running ayway in my head but only as a PLAN B to my life. I want to get my MA now , I’ve actually decided to reduce my goals and just Carpe Diem for a while focusing my attention mostly to the short term goals, since they are what will take me to my long term goals, and if something good comes along the way,, well why not take my chances?

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