Staying up the whole night before an exam or sleep?

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Time just flew by so quick and I definitely wasn't having fun. Many exams coming this first week and I am definitely not prepared.

Say you had an exam the next day (morning at 8:00) and you had not revised everything, but staying awake the whole night and studying for 12 hours would get you more prepared and allow you to revise/finish everything.

Or you could sleep.

Which one?
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Better go to sleep..

Its ur fault that u dint study or revise it earlier..
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Sleep.

According to 'Brain Rules' by neuroscientist John J. Medina, staying up the whole night leads to a roughly 30% decrease in brain function. That doesn't sound conducive to writing an exam.

Do as much learning as you can while getting your 8 hours of sleep.
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Done both. Neither work well. So you're just ******. But if i were you i'd revise for like 4 hours, then sleep for 8.
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Revise a fair bit, but not all night. If you've left it too late, it's your own fault. Try and cover as much content as possible, especially the areas you know you're not so sure on.

If you revise like mad, you won't be able to think the next day, especially with the lack of sleep.
If you go straight to sleep and don't revise, then you're not going to have the knowledge.

Ultimately, if you know you haven't revised at all and you needed to, then it's probably not going to make the most significant of differences, as the bad choice has already been made; this choice is only minor in comparison.
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i would sleep for sure. cramming never works with me.
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what subject is it?
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Try to get some kip
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i would stay up the whole night and revise...have some caffeine in morning?
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(Original post by whamjam)
what subject is it?
Basically english and maths. My other 4 I'm better off, but for english P1 I got no idea what to do so definitely not prepared and maths I could do with more time
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I think the best thing you should do is try to sleep much earlier than usual..then get up really early and do 2-3 hours of revision before the exam?
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Cram as much revision in as you can, then sleep... but before you sleep lie there and think about the stuff you just revised so it stays in your memory.

Works for me
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For many exams I sat I was already doomed to fail, so sleeping in order to "retain" what I already apparently knew was futile, seeing as I knew nothing. The all-nighters I did made the difference between passing and failing, although on the other hand my friend crashed in the exam and couldn't function at all.

If you feel like the exam is a lost cause anyway i.e. you have done NO revision for it, I don't see how sleeping is going to help. If you've done quite a bit of work for it, get a few hours sleep and wake up early. Good luck!
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Personally I'd stay awake all night and revise... Done it plenty of times before. It's how I managed to pass my first semester at university. (also how I managed to get so exhausted, I got ill... but that was temporary!) What I'd do to lessen the impact on your functioning is slowly turn my sleeping patterns into really late nights/early mornings. For example, over the week before I pulled the all nighters I adapted my routine of sleep to going to bed at 6am, 7am and then 8am... and getting up at 4pm eventually. Then when it got to my exams - with the help of some caffeine it actually didn't feel all that weird to be awake and functioning.

People who say you can't learn anything past 9pm the day before are liars.
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Sleep.

If I stayed up all night studying, I wouldn't be able to stay awake for my exam.
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What. why would anyone sleep? if you know nothing sleeping will surely not help at all but maybe an all nighter could help a bit and maybe pass.
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Sleep and hope for the best! Like someone mentioned earlier, its your fault that you didn't cover everything you need to revise. You'll just end up slugging even more by the time you start the exam. Good luck with the english paper everyone!
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(Original post by fox_amro)
What. why would anyone sleep? if you know nothing sleeping will surely not help at all but maybe an all nighter could help a bit and maybe pass.
lol how would you know nothing of ur course after 2 years of study and the study leave for you to study. Even you cram everything the last night, you wont get much outta it. so the best solution is sleep.
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There's not really that much you can do at this stage for English paper 1 other than looking through some past papers and markschemes to get an idea of the structure. Being half asleep will harm your ability to write and think clearly much more than trying to write essays all night would help. As for maths, you've still got time to get a bunch of papers done, so there's no need to panic yet.
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Depends on the subject. For english p1 I prefer a full night's sleep, but most other exams I'll probably revise until 3am then sleep til 7, get up and sit the exam. Suits me best.
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