Getting through the all-nighters

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Ashley Viera/Contributing Writer 

As college students, we usually find ourselves encountering the dilemma of overcoming all-nighters. For whatever reason, it’s 12 a.m. and you have an 8 a.m. paper due in a few hours.

Now, don’t panic.

If you handle the situation correctly, you may still be able to survive the sleepless night and still obtain a decent grade out of it. Here are useful, effective tips to make that happen:

First, drop the distractions. Distractions are everywhere, so try to avoid them as much as possible, beginning with the Internet. If you don’t need the Net for your homework, then don’t use it. If you do, my advice would be to utilize the technology provided to you to your advantage. Install the Facebook limiter and any other social media-blocking mechanisms to force yourself to stay focused and on track.

Secondly, grab some caffeine. You have probably been up for a long time by now, so grab some coffee to assure you stay awake for the remaining portion of the night. The worst thing that can happen is for you to fall asleep during the last critical hours remaining before your assignment is due.

Third, take a breather. You’re probably freaking out at this point of the assignment process, realizing not much, if anything, has been typed on your opened Word document. Allow yourself five to 10 minutes to utterly relax before you immerse yourself in the topic of your assignment or essay.

Fourth, turn up the music. OK, not really. Don’t literally raise the volume of your music. That can be distracting. But do find a soothing, calming and study-worthy soundtrack you can use to help you stay focused throughout the writing process. The music should be more of a background noise to your ears and not the main attraction of your brain, so to speak. In other words, no Datsik or Metallica allowed.

Fifth, take breaks. If you begin to have difficulties concentrating and getting through at least thirty minutes without being distracted, taking short five to 10 minute breaks can be extremely helpful. Just make sure those five minutes of break don’t turn into 15 minutes, or worse, 30 minutes or more. 

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