How I did it: I did very poorly on this one, I must admit. I did stay up til 3:30 one night, working on a paper that received a C anyways. Mistake. Though, I don't consider that an overnighter. (that would have to be at least 6 am) And no meltdowns. You just gotta pace yourself and realize that there's only so much you can do and handle in a day.
Lessons & tips: Pace yourself, read little chunks of texts. Do little, stress-relieving things for yourself.
Resources: Cliffnotes.com, ProjectGutenberg.org, sticky notes, highlighters, and long showers.