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Help Me Survive,Spike the Answer?


#1

I have a major biology test coming up tomorrow, and time's catching up with me. Last night I had about 2 hours of sleep, and my brain feels molested by all the reading. Spike and caffeine helped me through yesterday, and has helped me to this hour today.

To learn everything I need to learn, I HAVE to stay up tonight also. Problem is, 2 hours of sleep in 2 nights makes me slightly retarded, and I'll perform lousy despite all the studying I've done.

So basically I'm left with two options:
1. Get some sleep and settle myself with mediocre results.
2. Spike.

I have a couple of capsules left, and I'm wondering if they could possibly make up for all the sleep I'd lose.

Help....Please.


#2

If you've paid any semblance of attention to lectures throughout the semester and if you have adequate sleep, your brain should do a good enough job of recalling the information you learned and hopefully used at some point or another.

My suggestion: sleep, and then Spike before the exam.

Seriously, my philosophy with things like this is to go to bed super early, and wake up super early (like 3 or 4AM) and start working then. I don't care how much of a night owl you are, your brain will function better after you've slept for 7 or 8 hours.

By the way, what the hell are you doing on a bodybuilding message board when you should be studying?? Slacker!

(This coming from a guy that just whipped up a 15-minute long presentation in the hour and a half before class started.)


#3

Have you considered cheating or getting a serious injury to avoid the test?


#4

After rereading, it seems you've put in mediocre efforts. Therefore, you deserve mediocre results.


#5

I'd have to agree with chrismcl. Get some sleep. Stimulants may help you feel more alert, but that doesn't mean your going to be at 100%.


#6

I have actually put in a lot of efforts, and have a pretty good overall understanding of the pensum. However, a series of coincidences have forced me spend only two days reading, when I should have used two weeks. A basic, or even comprehensive understanding, just isn't enough. Certain things like advanced chemistry and complicated diagrams fade away from memory after a while, and has to be refreshed few day prior to tests. Problem is, there's 350 pages of them.

I do however agree with you on the sleeping, and have used some of the same "tactics" you swear to. What I was asking was if Spike could, to a degree, replace sleep. Stupid question, too sleepy.


#7

Get the good night worth of rest.

Just make sure to set an alarm clock, and about 3 more on your cell phone. When you're that tired, your body is going to want to sleep a long ass time.

You wouldnt have to worry about Spike or studying if you sleep thru it.