I am finally starting the recovery process from the end of the year, and especially my 3 last exams. I had Stats on Monday from 2-5pm, one on Tuesday from 9am-12pm, and finally one on Wednesday from 9am-12pm as well. Three exams, all content heavy, all requiring mass amounts of studying.
I’d been sleeping late all week long as it is trying to do as much studying as possible. A “good night” for sleep would be 5am-11am. Enter Sunday, right before the triple exam combo hit me. I had a group of friends, and we were all studying stats together. I gotta admit – they are probably the best group of study buddies I’ve ever had, and we really helped each other pass the exams (I hope). On sunday night, I stayed up studying till around 7am, went back to my room and slept from 8am to 11am, woke up, studied some more then headed for my exam. I felt the exam went pretty well since it was based on the problem sets our prof had given us – it was pretty much the problem set questions, except we had to solve for “3” instead of “2”.
Hours of sleep: 3 | Days passed: 2 | Exams left: 2
After my stats exam, I figured I should probably study for my stats exam till around 11pm, then sleep for a few hours, wake up around 4am and study some more for my exam. This plan failed horribly. I ended up staying awake and studying till 2:30am, headed back to my room and slept from 3:30am to 5:30am, woke up and kept on studying. I had my exam at 9, and would like to think it went pretty well. It was open book, so I wanted to make sure I had a lot of sample codes that I could refer to, and this turned out to be a HUGE bonus for me since one of the questions pretty much asked me to code something that I had open, in my notes, in front of me. #Win.
Hours of sleep: 3 + 2 = 5 | Days passed: 3 | Exams left: 1
At this point, I was starving as I hadn’t eaten anything yet. I went and had lunch, then decided to study till around 6pm, hard back to residence and have dinner (our res has strange dinner times). Then I would sleep till around midnight, wake up and keep studying for this exam. This plan didn’t go too well either. While trying to study after lunch, my eyes kept closing, and I could read let alone understand anything on the screen. It was too hard for me to concentrate. I realized it would be better if I took a nap now, woke up then continue studying, which is what I did. I slept from 3pm to 5:30pm (waking up at 4am, pretty much convinced I’d slept through the exam, freaking out, and needing my friend to explain to me what day and time it was). I then studied, thinking I’d study for 6 hours until midnight, take another nap till about 3, then wake up and keep on studying. Nope – I just kept on studying. It reached around 3am where I felt tired and really wanted to take a nap, but the fear of me falling asleep and not waking up in time for my exam kept me going. Luckily, adrenaline kicked me into high gear during my exam, so I didn’t fall asleep.
Hours of sleep: 5 + 2.5 = 7.5 | Days passed: 4 | Exams left: 0
I really wanted to just comatose myself after the last exam, and not wake up until it was 2013. I was EXHAUSTED. Unfortunately, I knew if I slept too many hours then, I would totally ruin my sleeping schedule (haha, coz it’s not already ruined, right?), and figured it would be better for me to sleep enough to keep me alive for the rest of the night. I took a nap from 2:30pm to 5pm, woke up, had dinner, watched a movie with some friends, and had a nice relaxing evening.
Hours of sleep: 7.5 + 2.5 = 10 | Days passed: 4 | Exams left: 0
Boy, I feel disturbed and proud of myself. I can’t believe I survived the exam period like this with so little sleep, but I seemed to pull it off. This is definitely not something I would ever like to repeat, and really don’t recommend it to anyone else either! Now I’m just waiting for my final results… I guess that’s the good thing about the end of the world – if it really happens, I won’t have to know if I failed any of them!