Write around the clock
My first all-nighter was one of the greatest lessons I could learn in college: Do not save papers or big homeworks until the night before.
It was the fall semester of my freshman year. I had a paper due Sunday night, a homework and take-home midterm due Monday, and a paper due Tuesday. See the picture below from those fateful three days in October.
The CompSci homework obviously took longer than expected. So, by 5 p.m. on Sunday I had finished the homework and sent in the Reacting Paper, but still had the huge Political Science midterm to finish (aka start). It was three essays, each four pages. Did I mention my sister was sleeping in my room that night?
At 6 p.m. I began writing. I had a 9 a.m. class and the final was to be handed in at 10:10 a.m, so I had to finish the paper before 9 a.m.
At 4:30 a.m. I attempted to go to sleep until 5:30 to finish writing the paper, but my brain was so fried and in hyper mode that I couldn’t fall asleep. I thought I was hallucinating.
At 7 a.m., I finished my paper and slept until 8 a.m. Got dressed and went to class. I was a mere husk of the woman I had been 12 hours before. I spent the day as a zombie.
I highly suggest planning for your work in advance. All-nighters will happen to you at least twice in your college years. Some people don’t mind them—those people are super human and have much stronger brains than most. Others, like myself, get incredibly cranky and irritable when they lack sleep. I also write terribly at 4 a.m.
So after your first paper that takes all night, learn from that mistake and plan accordingly. If you have a lot of papers due in one day, you can talk to the professor—they usually are pretty understanding.
If an all-nighter is unavoidable, check out some tips—and best of luck.
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