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The term "all-nighter" is a term that many college students and high school students are familiar with. It refers to the practice of staying up all night before a test to study. Individuals who are pulling an "all-nighter" often drink large amounts of coffee or tea, or even take caffeine pills to help them stay awake to prepare for the test the next morning.
Generally, there are two types of students that pull "all-nighters." The first are students who haven't regularly studied throughout the term. When the evening before the test arrives, they realize that they are thoroughly unprepared. Panic quickly sets in when they begin to look over their notes and realize how little they actually know, so they decide to stay up all night to learn as much information as possible. The other type of student wants to get the highest grade possible on the test. Even though they've studied all term, they decide to stay up all night to make sure that they know the information inside and out and ensure that everything is fresh in their mind.
Regardless of the type of student you are, staying up all night to study is not a wise strategy. This is because your brain can only absorb so much information in a single sitting so studying for 10 or 12 hours straight isn't likely to be very productive. As a result, studying on a regular basis is the best way to ensure that you will perform well on tests and exams, and staying up all night isn't going to help you learn the material any better if you already know it. In fact, an "all-nighter" will actually increase the risk that you will forget what you already know because sleep deprivation will typically make you feel less focused and alert.
Last Updated: 03/21/2013
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