By fuckbio - 12/12/2009 05:00 - United States
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That's pretty typical for college, though. I mean, everybody I know does that. Even I've done it on occasion. Especially for an exam that early in the morning, the chance of oversleeping is pretty decent, so sometimes it's safer to just pull through. If the OP was awake enough to take the exam, he should consider it a success, and not be punished because he had to use the bathroom. Hell, sometimes people have to use the bathroom even when they don't consume their weight in energy drinks.
But there are more options than (a) don't study and (b) pull and all-nighter. Like, study beforehand, review the night before, and get some sleep. Not that hard. And "some caffeine" is entirely different from the ridiculous amount the OP is saying he consumed. He doesn't deserve for his professor to think he cheated if he didn't, but that doesn't mean he wasn't stupid about how he went about "preparing" for this test.
"No... not unless they know nothing about how brains work and don't realize how detrimental it is to your test performance to have been up all night/on that much caffeine." Um...exactly. How many neuroscientists are in college? Not very many, so, yeah, they probably don't know all about how brains work. Anyway, as my dad says, it's better to be tired than to be unprepared.
Staying up all night before an exam does negatively affect your test taking. You are sleep deprived and the information cannot be committed correctly to the brain. Large amounts of caffeine ALSO harm your concentration and raise your agitation levels. However, I think it's acceptable to stay up till 12-1 to study the night before. I do not study at all the day before my nursing exams, I just choose to relax instead. So far I'm doing better then I did before when I'd stay up till 2 studying.
This is why I never leave during tests. Too paranoid.
Tell them if it was you you would have been smart enough to flush the cheat sheet.