You have an assignment due tomorrow. It's important, but not going to ensure a pass or fail. You are very tired and want to sleep, but you want a decent grade. What would you decide to do?
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Settle for a C grade and get some sleep.
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Stay up (possibly all night) and get a B or A.
51%
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Published: September 17, 2014
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ElectricFangs's avatar
I often stay up all night to finish some assignment, but I'd never bother if it's just for a better grade.
I don't really see what impact grades have (at this level, high school was another matter), besides getting scholarships? Then again, I'm not studying art nor in the USA.
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
I would, it really depends on the class. I hate to think a teacher would think I'm lazy or ignoring their class. and also I agree, if it is for scholarships, it's a little different. I'm not on any though. e__e
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DeviBrigard's avatar
If I haven't got it done by that point it is unlikely to get sufficiently better in one night :shrug:
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
Hm, depends, one night can be a lot of hours.
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DeviBrigard's avatar
Depends what you need to do, I suppose.
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Ike9899|Student General Artist
I'm that kind of guy that things either work out, or they blow up catastrophically in my face and i deal with the blowout. Regardless of the class or assignment, i would just say "screw it" and settle for something poorly done. Whatever the consequence, in the grand scheme of life, the universe, and EVERYTHING, it really doesn't matter.
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
it can matter, especially if you are in scholarships, where even the slightest point in gpa drop can affect it. Luckily I'm not on that limitation, but I worry about teachers seeing me as lazy or not understanding. I just need sleep. XD
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Ike9899|Student General Artist
I see your point, but i suffer from the "Lazy Bones" philosophy. I believe that something is going to happen no matter what you do, so why bother trying to change it? I go with what interests me at the time, and for some reason, things work out. I do, however, have the feeling that my luck's going to run out, but eh...
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
That seems rather pessimist, but it's good things still work out.
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Sammylovesyoulots's avatar
Staying up all night would mean the next day I'm done and I'd probably miss my class. So I'd rather get a good portion done that night, sleep, and get up a little early to finish it. That way I'm not completely drained.
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
I find it harder though to get up after a small amount of sleep.
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InTheStarlightGarden|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's really situational. If I didn't care about the class much then I would just hand in whatever I had, minimal effort. But if it's something I want to get a really good grade in then I would either stay up or hand it in late. I think I get 5% deduction for each day it's late at my uni but if I can change my mark from 50% to 80% in a day then that 5% penalty is worth it (40% is a pass here). I was in this situation last year when I stayed up for a solid 30 hours working on an assignment but I got a good grade in the end. xD
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CheekyStoatEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
What I get myself into that situation is get started so I know where I'm going, then go to sleep and set my alarm for *crazy* early (usually 04:00 depending on when my class is) and do the assignment then.  I find I'm much more focused after a "nap."  I struggle through the day but at least the assignment is done well.  Also, I wont try to say that it's easy getting up after that amount of sleep either.  XD
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Kayru-Kitsune|Hobbyist General Artist
I always stayed up to get things done no matter what. My best work tends to be at night, even when I'm tired. As long as I was in school I was able to muster the strength to do it, and I found ways of keeping it from stressing me out. I like good grades XD
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
I used to be like that, but I need some sleep. ;-; I usually go  2-3 days with only an hour or so of sleep and it's becoming too much for me. So I was curious how others handled it.
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Kayru-Kitsune|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeeah I couldn't do several days in a row. Usually I could just do one all-nighter a week and it'd keep my head above water with homework.
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
Wow, I feel like I do them somuch . ;-;
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Kayru-Kitsune|Hobbyist General Artist
I was also wary in college of getting low grades on anything, because whereas in grade school teachers notice 'improvement' and will grade you likewise in later projects, a bad grade on an assignment usually was a black mark on your rep with a professor in college, and it'd be harder to get better grades later on.

At least, that was my observation. 
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MariiCreations93|Hobbyist General Artist
Stay up e.e I rather prefer a B than a C.
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SpetsnazKaz|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A heaping majority of the time, I would only stay up half the night and settle for the C, but with a twist. Provided the class is later in the day, I'd use my time wisely and struggle to get it done. It has happened many times before and I have passed with a good grade. Because I get the sleep I need plus some time in the day to do it.

But if the situation were more like the one you mentioned, and the class was early in the morning, I do settle for the C grade, as sleep is pretty important to me. Sometimes, I write a great draft and change a few things about it overnight, and it lands me a better grade. A good prayer is needed in order for this to happen. 
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
For me is depends, I can't sleepfo r like 3-4 hours and get up easily. It's very hard for me to get up early and work on something. ;-; Most of my classes are after 12pm, so I can sleep at 2-3 and wake up at 7-8 and still have a few hours to work.
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UmbraAtramentum|Professional Digital Artist
To be honest, I would say get some sleep and work on it tomorrow.

I've had a similar senario just recenty. I handed in my grant proposal a day late... but the thing is, because I was so tired and rushing to finish it, be luck to get around a C, however hand it in late though, finished properly with a fresh head, and though Im penalised for a day late, teh quality in the hand in is better, so Ill still probably get around a C, but have a chance at a B if I did well enough. Well thats my reasoning anyway. ^^;
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NekoLynArt|Professional General Artist
Most of my assignments I'm not allowed to hand in late. I'd get a zero instead. Though sometimes I'm allowed to redo them for better grades later, but most teachers don't do that. Usually we get penalized for a day late as well, 10% usually.

I normally would stay up and do my best, however after reading a lot of these answers it seems better to take what you can get and not sacrifice yourself physically or mentally for it if it won't hurt that much grade wise.
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UmbraAtramentum|Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough different units and different teachers would have different processes with assignments. Have you tried talking to the teacher? Ask for an extension even for just a day?

And fair enough, I think you need some serious rest anyway <-<
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