It's that time of the year again

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 12:00am


With exams around the corner, thousands of university students in Guangdong are burning the midnight oil.

The libraries are more crowded than ever, and the lights in the dormitories are still on late at night.

'I need to drink espresso to stay awake until midnight during the review weeks. I always have to do a lot of studying at the last minute,' said Xu Yue, a second-year student from Guangzhou University.

'I don't know whether cramming is the right thing to do or not, but I have no choice.'

Some of Xu's classmates shared their tips about staying awake when there's last-minute cramming to be done.

Drinking energy drinks, coffee or strong tea is their first choice, while some would take ice-cold showers in the middle of the night.

Why do college students find themselves so stressed out in the run-up to exams? This is mostly due to a lack of planning, some students admit.

'If I had studied every night, I wouldn't be so fazed now,' says Li Ling, from South China Normal University, who has to write five essays, prepare two presentations and revise 11 subjects.

Of course, not every college student needs to cram.

Li's classmate, Yao Xi, is one of the top students at the university. He still has plenty of time for sports and reading his favourite books, while others are cramming for exams.

'I don't have to pull an all-nighter because I have planned my studies well and I have been studying right through the semester. I stick to the good, old-fashioned formula of hard work. Students should study regularly whether there is an exam the following day or not,' said Yao.

'So my advice is - be organised and don't wait until the last minute!'