Following Anyone else still up doing an essay that's in for tomorrow?

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  • Deleted user 9 May 2008 02:23:17
    So tired... Need sleep, but can't because my extended essay and a language project are due in tomorrow morning. 1000 words and finishing touches to go, but the sleep is getting to me.

    Anyone else going through similar? Any words of encouragement?
  • Psychotext 9 May 2008 02:28:28 64,492 posts
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    I'm an all night kinda guy in that sort of situation... but I'm a night owl anyway.
  • Deleted user 9 May 2008 02:30:31
    Caspar_Esq. wrote:
    Go to bed and get up extra early?

    It's already half past three here, probably not worth the risk for a couple hour's sleep now. In for a penny in for a pound. I just wish I knew where I could pull these 1000 words from :(
  • Khanivor 9 May 2008 02:31:29 43,953 posts
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    I have no advice as I always did my essays weeks in advance and had them handed in no more than three days after the assignment was given out.

    Actually, total shite. Go outside for a quick walk, (not what I did but a spliff never actually aided me much) then bash out the words, allowing you to fall asleep knowing the bulk is done. Wake up early and tidy it up. If it's due at 10 am it doesn't have to be there till 9.59.

    However, if you reckon you'll be able to forget about it and actually go to sleep really quickly then do so now and do it all in the morn. You'll work much quicker when alert.
  • Khanivor 9 May 2008 02:35:16 43,953 posts
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    Not unless the language project is on interesting combinations of foul words.
  • Khanivor 9 May 2008 02:39:26 43,953 posts
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    /whips
  • Deleted user 9 May 2008 02:39:36
    All good points. Spliffs don't put me in a very academic mood though. As for going to sleep now, I'm sure as soon as my head touches the pillow I'll be out, but I have a bad track record with that. Once I'm asleep I'm asleep, and I'm really unreliable at getting back up on time. Hope this coffee has some effect.

    @Caspar esq.- you never know. Galician diglossia anyone? no? :(
  • Khanivor 9 May 2008 02:50:00 43,953 posts
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    /googles Galician diglossia

    Think yer gonna need more than coffee to stay awake ;p

    Probably a bit late to score some speed.
  • Deleted user 9 May 2008 03:05:11
    Never done hard drugs, maybe now's the time to start.

    It's actually quite annoying, I'm starting to really get into the topic, and wish I'd have started earlier on it, now I have no sources to quote so everything I write is basically bullshit.
  • Khanivor 9 May 2008 03:08:23 43,953 posts
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    Has that happen for a few essays, including my dissertation. Found the topic more interesting than I previously gave it credit for and annoyed at myself for being such a doss cunt for the last few weeks/months.
  • Andee 9 May 2008 04:47:15 1,025 posts
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    Personally, I find late deadline pressure to be the best way to get the work done. All my course work is finished now, but it was a case of 5am finishes for 5k word stuff, and i found my best essays being written in those last few hours. I am somewhat lazy though , and fully wish i'd started earlier :)
  • _Price_ 9 May 2008 09:03:32 3,071 posts
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    This has happened to me a lot in my final year. I always make a start on an essay at least a week in advance and then find myself balls-to-the-wall when it comes to finishing it. Still get consistant 2:1s, but that's compared to regularly 75-85% in my first and second years.

    I'm proud of my dissertation though; six months of lab work plus a 12,000 word write-up and finished with two whole days to spare.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 20 Apr 2009 14:50:46 47,495 posts
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    Weird... I had a dream last night where I still had an essay and dissertation to do for my degree.

    I graduated in 2001.
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Apr 2009 14:51:23 32,567 posts
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    What's it on? I think if you pulled an all nighter, if you really, really tried your hardest, and if the subject matter wasn't too bad, then there's a slim chance you might be able to pull it off.

    FAITH!
  • Dougs 20 Apr 2009 14:52:44 88,017 posts
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    2000 words? Should be able to knock that out in about 3 hours imo. Assuming you know the subject anyway
  • Syrette 20 Apr 2009 14:55:40 50,073 posts
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    You should be alright, if you know what you're talking about and the research materials you've got are at least semi-adequate.

    I managed to get one or two essays done on the afternoon they were due in - 4pm deadline. Decent marks too.
  • Syrette 20 Apr 2009 14:58:13 50,073 posts
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    Can't you just ask for an extension?
  • DavetheDave 20 Apr 2009 15:05:40 1,391 posts
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    A death in the family seems more than reasonable grounds for an extension, although of course it would have been a lot better if you'd mentioned it to the relevant tutor nearer the time. However, if you make an attempt at the essay, it might look better when asking for the extension. That way, if you get it, you're half-way there and if you don't at least you've done something that will get more of a mark than nothing will.

    /may well be stating the obvious, but figures ecureuil did ask
  • DavetheDave 20 Apr 2009 15:08:00 1,391 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    Weird... I had a dream last night where I still had an essay and dissertation to do for my degree.

    I graduated in 2001.

    I still have dreams about my exams and essays too.
    Looks like it's quite common according to xkcd.
  • DavetheDave 20 Apr 2009 15:17:20 1,391 posts
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    To answer OP, most students go through that, apart from Anal-Annie, Billy-No-Mates and Neval-No-Fun. Those guys have usually read all the books on the course before the year starts, got all their essays finished before the titles have been written on the board and graduate with first-class honours degrees.

    However, they also spend the rest of their lives mourning over the non-educational experiences they missed out on while at uni, while students like us (who didn't quite manage to get a first) made the most of the rare opportunities uni offered.

    Apart the Harry-Have-It-Alls, that managed to get both a first, despite doing things like hand-gilding out of the Dean's daughter's bedroom window after having a three-some with her and her twin sister. But fortunately they're as rare as rocking horse shit. Bastards.

    Wash your face with cold water and bash at the keys till the words make sense.

    /been there

    /done that

    /got the t-shirt

    /got the degree

    /still got a great job

    /has wonderful post-uni memories

    /still has weird post-uni dreams...like this
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