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When you have big exam(s) coming up or a project deadline, what do you do to keep you up or/and going?

Based on principle, mines alone, I don't drink coffee. Coffee's for old people.


What do I do? Don't mind me. I'm more interested about your response.
Whatever I share beyond these words would sound unbelievable and pretentious.

Please, share your insights.
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Coffee is for old people? Guess that means like 80% of college students are considered old now... including myself.... eh i'm OK with this.


If I have a deadline coming up and I need to work on it without breaks, I use 5 hour energy, same with when in school and i'm tired before a test.

Coffee and Tea, despite my drinking of it, rarely, if ever, actually perks me up. Tea works a little better than Coffee and has other benefits Coffee does not, so I switched over to it about a year ago.
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Stonewolfe wrote:

Coffee is for old people? Guess that means like 80% of college students are considered old now... including myself.... eh i'm OK with this.


If I have a deadline coming up and I need to work on it without breaks, I use 5 hour energy, same with when in school and i'm tired before a test.

Coffee and Tea, despite my drinking of it, rarely, if ever, actually perks me up. Tea works a little better than Coffee and has other benefits Coffee does not, so I switched over to it about a year ago.


I don't know, gal. If the Starbucks brand wasn't worldwide popular, would people still consume the said product regardless of their age?

Starbucks hype vs prize of a brand vs. consumer
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i took hour long breaks between 5 minutes of working
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i took hour long breaks between 5 minutes of working


real talk.

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Rest. That's about it. I've been pretty much caffeine free for years. Used to have a 2-3 energy drink a day habit. Then it was lots of soda. Now, no caffeine unless it's in food/medicine.
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All I recall ever doing was getting a bit more sleep. Or at least trying to, anyway. As far as changes in my diet, having a certain drink etc. before the exams, I never did any of that. I do know that embarrassment kept me awake through one of my exams, though.
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I was a terrible procrastinator in college (and am not much better now). The big difference is I developed some digestive problems so I can't have significant amounts of caffeine anymore; the amount you'd find naturally in something like most chocolate isn't an issue (and I don't exactly go light on the chocolate), but anything with enough to really notice is out.

I began regularly drinking coffee at age... 10 or 11, if memory serves. I think that was the year my dad became the bus driver for our school route, and making us get up an extra hour early to go into work with him so he could skip his first stop: it did wonders for his route time/performance, though it wasn't much fun for us. Had I wanted to drink it sooner I could have; my parents didn't really care. It mostly took that long before I realized I could add too much milk and sugar/sweetener to get low quality coffee to taste alright. This is anecdotal because I don't care enough about it to look it up (I encourage anyone curious to fact check it), but the U.S. had (perhaps still has?) a reputation for low quality coffee. Supposedly during lean times like the Great Depression Americans went the cheap route and didn't collectively switch back until the intersection of gourmet coffee and consumer culture.

Now here is a question; why are we just talking coffee and not all the other caffeinated beverages? Coffee may be the "standard", but even eschewing Energy drinks plenty of people get their hit through soda pop, teas, etc. Now that I've had to do without, I've come to learn drinking plenty of water is surprisingly helpful, as is a good "power nap". The idea of napping is to avoid allowing yourself to get too far into your sleep cycle (at which point you need to complete said cycle to feel rested and not seem groggy and under perform). Exact tolerances vary; including time to actually nod off, I find 15, 30, 45, 75, and 180 minutes work for me... but going past that 180 (3 hour) mark means I'll need to hit five hours of sleep, clearly enough to no longer consider it a "nap". If you don't stay in your nap thresholds or get at least five full hours, you're better off just not sleeping.
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For big exams I study during the day and go to bed early and get up early to eat breakfast which I usually don't eat. I prefer to loose study time instead of sleep time as everything goes wrong when I'm tired.
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Hadn't drunk coffee for a long time till the other day, and remembered the reason I stopped in the first place. Caffeine makes me sleepy.

So simply: 5 hour energy causes a 4 hour nap. (quite accurate actually, whenever I "nap" they last around 4 hours, just a few minutes off)


Oh yes, and about exams and studying: Never done it, never will.
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What is the show the image from the OP come from? It' been so long...

Also I don't drink any type of energy drink as I always considered that to be toxic.
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the hell is this "5 hour energy" stuff?

Gonna have to go with TsunLemon on the exam/studying though
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Don't drink coffee nor the 5 hour energy stuff. I just do.
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5 Hour Energy Drinks & Energy Drinks in general scare me. All the unknown stimulants on top of the caffeine seems frightening.
Posted 5/2/14
coffee? 5 hour energy? you need to come strong kid. amphetamines is where it's at
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