Should You Pull An All-Nighter?

Article by: Richa S.

Edited by: Meg B.

Graphic by: Jerico B.

If you have managed to successfully balance a copious amount of homework with the responsibility of being in multiple councils, as well as participating in IASAS events, chances are that you have pulled an all-nighter at some point in your high school career. All-nighters can be quite helpful to some students, while to others, they may be perceived as an unhealthy study method. Based on the conversations we hear around campus on a regular basis, we can infer that the all-nighter culture is quite popular amongst Bearcats. Different things can lead to all-nighters, but the most significant aspect is procrastination, which seems to be quite a common factor in our lives. For this reason, we will be sharing a few of our Bearcats’ suggestions for pulling an efficient all-nighter.

First and foremost, it is important to maximize your study periods. For example, Sarah D. (12) defines her routine as productive, although somewhat exhausting. “As soon as I get home, I usually take a 30-minute nap, which helps me feel more energized and motivated to finish my work. After my nap, I start working.” This technique is quite useful if you are looking for ways to get out of an afternoon slump, but it is also important to keep in mind that it may not work for everyone. “This normally works for me, but I wouldn’t recommend pulling staying up late on a daily basis,” says Sarah. Although all-nighters are an efficient way to stay on top of your work, they have their fair share of health disadvantages, ranging from lack of sleep to more long-term and extreme problems. For this reason, Sarah recommends that it would be best “prioritize your sleep schedule” instead.

Similarly, Linden H. (12) explains that “people tend to pull all-nighters to work on projects and study for tests, so I’d say don’t pull all-nighter just for the sake of it; do it if you really need to.” She also recommends students to prioritize regulating their sleep schedule, especially in high school, and “try to get at least 4-5 hours of sleep before a big assessment just so you’re not super exhausted.”

As seniors, both Sarah and Linden have experienced the stress and anxiety that assessments bring. However, when asked about their final advice to underclassmen regarding all nighters, they immediately discouraged it, but agreed that “the best way to feel productive after a long night of studying is maximizing your time and trying not to procrastinate or go off task.”

Preparations for the end-of-year exams have already begun, including our seniors’ IB mock exams in March and their finals in May. In order to stay productive during what is arguably known as the busiest time of the school year, use the upcoming break to your advantage and avoid pulling all-nighters regularly. Remember that staying up late every night may not necessarily get you to your end goal. Best of luck, Bearcats, and try to stay on top of your work!