I Stayed Up Until 1 a.m. Studying Every Night, Here’s What I Learned

I’m Shaams Nur, a 9th grader from Birmingham, Alabama. My goal during quarantine is to experiment with 15 study methods over the next 100 days.

Shaams Nur
2 min readMay 17, 2020


Week 4 Day 6

The journey of my 100-day project so far has not only taught me what type of study methods I enjoy but also given me a new sense of self-discipline. Although some of my daily logs are brief, the habit of publishing a new article every day has really sharpened my self-discipline.

After studying from 12–1 a.m. every night this week, I did not see the best results. I really wish my body got used to staying up late at night earlier in the week because I finally began to start getting better results while studying on Friday, which was my last day using and testing the method.

However, I don’t think it would be worth pushing back school start times just so teenagers can stay up late and study. I feel like one can only go so far when studying late at night and if I continued to study late at night, my results would quickly plateau and probably even decline due to fatigue. Of course, this is all based on my personal experience with staying up late to study and not empirical data/research; but, as the saying goes, “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” (Incidentally, next week’s posts will be about an “early to rise” study method.)

My final overall rating for studying at night: 6/10 (my rating probably would’ve been slightly higher if I got more used to studying at night).

Current study method leader board:

  1. Feynman Notebook Method
  2. Studying with non-lyrical music
  3. Pomodoro Technique
  4. Studying late at night
  5. Studying with lyrical music

Exciting Announcement!!!
On Week 15, I’m letting YOU guys choose the study method for the week. Comment below with which study method you want me to use. My schedule for study methods throughout every week is listed on the introduction to my blog (hyperlinked).

Please feel free to leave any questions down below! I will try to answer as many as possible. Additionally, I have created a notification mailing list for my blog. If you would like to be added to this, please email me (shaams3000@gmail.com).

Tomorrow I will not be posting (Sundays are my break day).

Thanks so much for reading, and I will see you all on Monday!



Shaams Nur

Sophomore at Hoover High School | Creative writer | Founder of HooverCamp |