Student procrastinators pull mass all-nighter

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Student procrastinators pull mass all-nighter
Tonight is the night when procrastinators will give up procrastinating. Photo: DPA

Students are holding a "long night of the delayed coursework," in Germany on Thursday. It is an annual event in which even the laziest students get a motivational push to sit down and write.


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As any experienced procrastinator will cite, stocking up on coffee, sugar and energy drinks are essential in pulling an all-nighter to get a last-minute piece of work done.

But there's no fun in struggling alone. Every year on the first Thursday in March, students at universities across Germany meet up for a "long night of delayed coursework" where writing coaches are on hand to help them with tricky essays.

The event, now in its third year, is the brainchild of writing centres in universities across Germany, where students can go to get advice on projects.

Held simultaneously in 23 institutions, the long night event sees students invited to face their demon coursework headaches, with professionals on hand to guide them when they are struggling with reading, interpreting essay questions, research, structure or the writing process itself.

Experts are also available to give personal support to students via a phone-in and on twitter.

The idea is to reassure students they are not alone in getting distracted and avoiding hard work.

First held 2010 in Viadrina European University in the eastern city of Frankfurt (Oder), all-night writing sessions have this year spread to 23 universities.

Organizers encourage any university in the world to sign up and join in - and last year institutions from the US and Canada also joined in.

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