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June 22, 2013

A Word of Advice: You can survive tough homework nights

Finals/Regents week: the near-death of the motivated high school student. The good grades are desired, the fire is there, but the energy is most likely not, due to the high amounts of studying, homework and hyperventilation experienced during this ever-wearing time period. Fortunately, there are methods of survival for those of us that have 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. school days. 

The first and most practical thing to do in this situation is to reflect on your time-management skills, which honestly aren’t that great even for me. 

Starting your business at 10 p.m. isn’t the best of habits, though I myself understand the desire to kick back a bit when arriving home from school. A good compromise that I can personally attest to from my far-apart sparks of personal responsibility is about 5 p.m., varying a bit depending on when your household dinner is. Having a nice, comfy cozy flat surface to work on, like a desk with a chair, really, really makes a difference. Sitting on something like a floor for hours doing homework is extremely uncomfortable and really slows down your work process from all of the rolling around and repositioning you’ll be doing to be in a workable state of comfort.   

Occasionally the worst happens, and despite all of your time management, your teachers have managed to concoct an evil conspiracy to create a cocktail of assignments so large late-night working is inevitable. This is OK, as there are several anti-sleep aids readily available to most. First off are your staple, conventional things. Your coffee, your energy drinks, your soda. Any of these will work, and are quite tasty treats to go with your work to boot. However, some of us may not have caffeine privilege. 

All hope is not lost. I’ve found taking a potent hot sauce and consuming it liberally can help you stay awake, though if too overwhelming can be painful and distracting from work. Some more radical ideas can include rubbing ice cubes on your bare flesh and taking either hot or cold showers, though nothing too hot or too cold. Jumping jacks and other aerobic exercises can also keep blood flowing, though overdoing it will just tire you out further. 

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