How to Pull an All Nighter in College

*This post first appeared on Bella Kulture. We have since re-branded are now Elletopia.


How to Pull an All Nighter
The key to a great all nighter is a good cup of Lipton Tea

Part of being a good college student includes attending classes, keeping up with assignments, and studying days ahead for your exams. While I’m usually able to juggle all my college duties, sometimes life comes at you, suddenly you have multiple papers due on top of midterms and other responsibilities. Somewhere between trying not to lose my mind, and getting everything done, I know I’m going to have to pull an all nighter to stay on track. Pulling an all nighter is no laughing matter, and if not done right can take an already stressful situation to a whole new level. That’s why I’ve compiled these tips for having an effective overnight study session. Read on for my 5 must use tips.

Drink Tea Not Coffee


How to Pull an All Nighter
Lipton Tea is great for staying awake, and keeping hydrated.



As someone who swears by tea for just about everything, I’m almost always gulping down a cup throughout the day. With that being said, for everybody else there are a ton of reasons why you should be drinking tea while studying. For one thing, teas like black tea and chai tea contain caffeine which is basically natures energizer. If there is anything you’re going to need for an all night study session, it’s energy. Teas such as black tea are also a huge stress fighters, and can actually help you to keep stress levels down (tired and stressed college students are no fun). Also tea unlike coffee, is the next best thing to water to help you stay hydrated.

My tea of choice is always Lipton Tea and for me no study session is complete without a cup of Lipton’s Enticing Chai Tea. Lipton has taken an already perfect line of teas and made them even better! Lipton’s new black and herbal varieties and improved green teas, refresh the tea experience with bold and stimulating flavors, such as Enticing Chai, Pure Green, Orange Passionfruit Jasmine and Peach Mango. As someone who loves all natural products, I love the fact that Lipton uses real ingredients, which combine with their herbal tea blends to awaken the senses. Lipton Teas basically bring the benefits of an aromatherapy session to study time! I also love Lipton’s Green Tea and Peach Mango Herbal Tea as a way to relax the day after an overnight study session. You can check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here.


Take Study Breaks

When you are pulling an all nighter it can feel like you are going against the clock to complete everything on time. For that reason your study session can feel rushed, and you may be tempted to read for hours at a time. Big mistake! Not only will you not retain as much information, you will also be left feeling overwhelmed. That’s why it is extremely necessary that you take study breaks as a way to refresh your mind. A neat study break hack I learned some years ago, is to take a 15 minutes break for every 40 minutes of reading. In those 15 minutes feel free to walk around, stretch, have a cup of Lipton Tea, and unwind with music if you have to. Trust me, it makes a huge difference!


Study In Groups

Depending on how it’s done, study groups can be a huge time waster or an effective study technique. When pulling an all nighter, I like to think of it as an effective study technique. I mean who wants to stay up all night studying alone?  A study group can keep a check on you to ensure that you don’t get distracted. The exchange of ideas is also a great way to master the material at hand. Just be careful who you invite to your overnight study session, you don’t want to end up spending the time talking about celebrities instead of actually getting work done.


Create a Study Friendly Environment


How to Pull an All Nighter
Ensure you have all your study materials handy, and that you study in a well lit area.


So what does a study friendly environment look like? Well for one thing, it probably doesn’t include your phone. I mean it, stay away from it, hide it if you have to. Also keep all study materials nearby. There have been times where I have gotten up to get a pen or a book, and ended up watching tv for an hour. Also ensure you are studying at a desk with a lamp, and a chair to help maintain an upright seating position. While your bed may seem like a good idea, you’re going to regret it once you wake up and realized you slept through the whole thing.


Choose Your Day Carefully


Pick your study day carefully. It may not be a good idea to pull an all nighter on a day where you’re already tired and overwhelmed from work or extra curricular activities. Studying while tired or stressed is pretty much like not studying at all. Also pulling an all nighter under such conditions is not good your general well-being. My ideal day is usually a weekend day where I know I’ll have a day or two to recuperate. If you’re not able to study on the weekend choose a day that is relatively free of classes or other commitments. You don’t want to left in a bad state after an overnight study session, so take choose your time wisely.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

How to Pull an All Nighter in College


How to Pull an All Nighter in College