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Survivng a Late Night Study Session

So you had a 10 page research paper due on Wednesday, group work for a project due next week, meetings with your professors, studying for Swedish and now you have an exam tomorrow. At the end of a semester being a student can be a little stressful!

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The time has come when students have to put all of their time and effort into studying, writing, and reading. The end of the spring semester is the hardest when we must ignore temptations such as beautiful weather, cold beverages and the long-lost sunshine.

Although it may feel like the semester is almost over, there is still a month to go. Getting through it is going to be nothing short of a struggle. It will take will-power, motivation and endurance, but eventually there will come an end.

As deadlines start to near closer and closer and time becomes shorter and shorter there is only one solution that every student has to endure at some point in his/her university education. The all-night study session is inevitable at some point in your life.

It may be a struggle, but if you want to meet that deadline then there is no other choice!

Here are a few personal tips that help get me through those late night study sessions:


  1. You need good lighting: it has to be as bright as possible to be able to keep your eyes open in those early hours of the night.
  2. Take study breaks: taking breaks often will help in keeping your concentration high while you study. Run around your room if that’s what it takes.
  3. Make sure to eat: remember that dinner was many hours ago so you need food. Starchy choices are best, so eat that huge bowl of pasta!
  4. Avoid distractions: get off your computer if possible and stay away from sites like Facebook.
  5. Don’t get too comfortable: if you are lying in your bed chances are you will fall asleep. Sit at a desk or somewhere that forces you to be upright.
  6. Stay hydrated: coffee seems like the best choice for a late night study session, but dehydration makes you tired! Drink lots of water.
  7. Get some sleep: sleep before a big exam is crucial for your brain to actually function properly the next day.


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Try not to get too stressed out. And remember we are in Sweden, there are always retakes and extra chances if you struggle the first time.