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The smartest way to do this is by studying in 15 minute increments at a time. Anything more than 45 minutes is too much studying. I figure studying half an hour then taking a 2 hour nap is best because sleeping preserves memories. So studying right before taking a nap is a smart idea for studying.
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Food, preferably granola and Greek yogurt, with no honey. Nuts and natural yogurt contain ingredients that boost energy, including high amounts of protein and tyramine. Honey, on the other hand, helps induce sleep. I find that showers energize me, too, and a brightly-lit room is helpful. Also, listening to music, particularly that of Disturbed and Korn, wake me up.

EDIT: I don't like sacrificing much sleep, however. Taking a test exhausted and sleepy isn't good.
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onibrotonel wrote:


minatothegreatjiraiya wrote:

I Nike.


Random guess on multiple choice questions? Terrific.


Well, there may be something to that... I have NEVER studied outside of class (not counting homework) and instead prioritized entertainment and proper sleep. My memory is great and I almost always manage to pass tests with a B or better. It is much more difficult to get good sleep if you stress yourself out or take stimulants. If you don't get quality sleep you won't remember everything.

Homework too... I counted that as studying. Unless it is given some ridiculous weight I do not do homework.
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The solution? Kick logic to the curb and do the impossible. That's the team gurren way. Caffeine is a crutch that you don't really need.
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I'm in the Computer Engineering & Computer Science field so most of my exams are algorithm based or math based. Cramming that type of material is not going to work. So, I consolidate my notes each week and the day before exam I look them over for an hour and sleep at a normal time. Sleep is helpful.
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I only drink plain coffee just for the taste of it. I find it the best way to start my day along with some bagels/crackers. 6 hrs of sleep is not enough and 8 hrs is too much so i sleep 7 hrs a day lol, with that i always have enough energy to carry myself through the whole next day. As for the exams/projects you should start right away because once it is started it is half way done.
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I don't drink coffee but if I have a deadline for college coming up I generally do nothing as my work is mostly in way before the hand in date. Although on other occasions where I haven't handed one in yet then if I need the energy I just think "I have to do this in order to advance to university" and normally get the energy from that.
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I actually adore coffee but I don't use it to get any energy... for anything. Actually coffee does nothing to me when it comes to energy, just as energy drinks don't give me any either. To me they are just casual drinks just like soda or water (yea, weird, I know).

So what do I do to keep myself going when I have a big exam or project deadline.... I just keep on going. Sure, I get tired along the way but I'd rather not fill myself up with a bunch of energy drinks when they don't do anything. Heck, they might not give me energy but if I drink a bunch of them, I can't say that I wont crash. I've only ever consumed up to 2 in one day and I've felt a bit sluggish afterwards, who knows what'll happen if I drink anything above that.


Nightcore34 wrote:

I don't drink coffee but if I have a deadline for college coming up I generally do nothing as my work is mostly in way before the hand in date. Although on other occasions where I haven't handed one in yet then if I need the energy I just think "I have to do this in order to advance to university" and normally get the energy from that.


^ This is basically it.
Just the fact that I need to get my credits so I can transfer is what gives me energy.
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Monster Energy - when you want to have engine sputter and get wired like a crackhead.
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Coffee. Nice and black. Super strong. I go on coffee spurts. Need to survive multiple 12 hour shifts with school? Coffee. Paper due the next day and it is currently 11pm? Coffee. Exam? Coffee. It has gotten to the point where if I do not have a cup, my mind feels foggy... I feel really old now.
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onibrotonel wrote:

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.


freshman year in college, i could easily pull multi allnighter as long as i get 2 hours of sleep a day. i had menthol drops and pepsi at night. during the day my body kept my awake.

well instead of a long story, i'll give you a straight answer and keep your body healthy. i was so worried about my grade and responsibility that i ate unhealthily and had little excercise, in doing so i need days of prep work to pull a single all nighter now. i have yet to have a proper night of sleep since then, but thats also because i did 10 days worth of all nighter with naps.

anyways long story short. how i pull hard alnighters before was that i wouldn't induce sugar or caffeine into my body. once im 1/5-1/4 way through i take a nap. this is where it gets shitty for some people. my naps could be anywhere from 5minutes to an hour. basically the theory of rem sleep/naps. wake up and get to your work. take sips of sugary drinks w/o menthol drops to give yourself burst of energy to help yourself stay awake and focused as needed.

at anypoint that you stop studying for more than 5 minutes and do something else, if you can't pull yourself back to studying or whatnot. then its time to sleep. at this point nocking out for 3+ hours and spending 2 hours studying will do you better than trying to pull the all nighter.

once you go to coffee, sugar becomes less effective, and then 5 hour is your next resort. after than you are ganna do combinations to get the same effect as before. but once you past that point will power is the only thing left to save you.
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D: I have to have coffee.
It doesn't matter what consequences await me, once I hit that twilight zone, I stop thinking. My terrifying professor can be staring me down, and I could be walking around the classroom to try and stay awake, and I'd still be dozing off and wobbling around.

If I try to take a nap and wake up in an hour to resume work, it only works if it's been a long time since I've last tried it. Pull a handful of late nighters in a row, and once I close my eyes, that's it. Show's over. I won't wake up until noon.

I am a big baby when it comes to sleep. I can tell myself I don't need it, but my body won't listen.

I can't handle energy drinks at all either. With coffee, I have some control on how much caffeine I take, which usually isn't much. And that already has me bouncing off the walls and dancing around the room. I don't want to try an energy drink when I'm dead tired unless I want to take off running at mach speed.
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Cut a wound and squeeze a lemon juice on that wound. Instant alertness?!!!
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Posted 5/7/14
I actually like to stay up at night and just take naps in between the day.

But, when I feel super tired and need something to wake me up, I just take a walk or do a mini workout.
I love the taste of coffee, but it doesn't really help me.
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