The deadline attack

The day before the deadline.
The day before the deadline.


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The assignment deadline. The most dreaded period of time in a student’s life is the day before their deadline. Just like reporters, students are equally stressed while working before the given time.

As students struggle to revise their modules, and writing their 1000 word long essay, feeling exhausted and helpless, is inevitable. There is a lot to cover in a limited amount of time.

If it not uncommon if students pull an all-nighter. Students are often terrified the day before the deadline, hence they work faster. Deadlines don’t just terrify students, they stress out working professionals who have to submit their presentations and reports as well. Here are some tips for those who do decide pull an all-nighter:

1. Do not look at the clock- Once you start studying, you become anxious, and you start looking at the clock. You’re just wasting your precious time. You’re just giving yourself a panic attack. Instead, focus on your work. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking extra time. Just study until you’re confident about the topic.

2. Sit on the floor and lean against the wall – If you dislike studying on a table, sit on the floor. Do not change your position, because you will fall asleep, so keep your back straight. It is inadvisable to study on the bed, as you can fall asleep anytime.

3. Keep a bottle of drinking water – When you feel sleepy, drink water, not coffee. The more water you drink, the more number of bathroom breaks you take, and you’ll get rid of the sleepiness.

4. Don’t stop studying until you think you’ll get at least 50% – Most students use this technique. When they have covered the most important topic, which they are confident that they know, they tend to relax.

5. Don’t cry –  It is perfectly normal to get a panic attack in the middle of doing an assignment or presentation.  This is easier said than done. Crying leads to depletion of the remaining energy you have. But if you do cry, finish crying, and then start studying.

6. Sleep for two hours – Psychologists say that in order to remember better, sleep is mandatory. Sleeping helps retaining the stored information for a much longer period.

7. Keep studying until the bell rings- Revise before the bell rings. You may just  glance through something, and it may appear in the question paper. Its worth a lucky shot.

8. Don’t forget to take your hall ticket and stationary box- Listen to your Mom when she asks you questions which she has been asking since you were 4. She just wants to save you from another panic attack.

9. Understand what kind of cues help you remember – Find out what kind of learner you are: visual, auditory or kinesthetic. If you can recall more if you listen, see or read the onslaught of information. If you’re a visual learner, then watch videos of your topic if they are available, and you’re a kinesthetic learner, a ‘hands-on’experience will help you understand the concept.



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