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5 Tips to Prepare for Exams During Ramadan

6 months ago by Wajiha Yasmeen in Exam Preparation, Student Life, Uncategorized 6 min read

5 Tips to Prepare for Exams During Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims across the world observe fasting from sunrise (suhoor) till sunset (Iftar). The lack of continuous food and water supply can greatly impact the productivity and capacity of Muslims. Especially for students who have exams during or immediately after exams. If you fall in any one of the above-mentioned categories, then here are a few tips to help you prepare for exams during the holy month.

Find Your Peak Productivity Hours

Every individual’s body functions differently when fasting, some can focus better immediately after suhoor while some prefer to study at night before suhoor. Therefore, each student needs to self-evaluate and identify the time of day they can function with maximum energy.

Afterward, it is just a matter of tailoring your entire routine around it. For example, if you are an early bird then your schedule might look like this:

  • After Suhoor
    •  pray fajr and recite Quran
    • Study for three hours
    • Sleep till Zuhr
    • Study till Asr (2 hours)
    • Take a break and recite Quran till Iftar
  • After Iftar
    • Light exercise
    • Pray Isha and Taraweeh
    • Study for another 3 hours
    • Sleep till suhoor

This makes up roughly about 8 hours of studying.

Micro Productivity

It involves the practice of breaking down a huge task into smaller and doable chunks. As stated in the example before, divide your studying sessions throughout the day rather than devoting eight straight hours to it.

How does it help during Ramadan? There is a limit to the information our human brain can retain. The limit further drops down due to the lack of glucose during fasting hours. 

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Secondly, you can devote early hours when your body is filled with energy to technical subjects like Math and physics. Likewise, you can leave revisions or readings to the times when your body feels most exhausted.

Condense Information:

The month of Ramadan calls for many changes in our conduct and way of living. You cannot use the previous studying techniques such as reading from lengthy textbooks and dense notes. Instead transfer all the information to flashcards, bullet points, or mnemonics.

This will make the job of absorbing the information easier for the brain. Instead of reading text, try watching video lectures or other visual aid for better understanding. has just launched its diverse range of video lectures for matric and intermediate. So you don’t have to surf through the depths of the internet to find the perfect video lectures.

Consume Nutritious Food:

“Healthy body carries a healthy mind.” For your brain to function properly it is essential to provide it with the necessary nutrients. Here are a few eating habits you can follow to retain brain function during fasting.

  • Don’t skimp on food and water.
  • Eat protein-rich food like eggs, walnuts, almonds, and yogurt in suhoor 
  • Include a glucose drink in your suhoor meal
  • Avoid fat-free food during both meals, else you will feel lazy and dizzy.
  • Drink lots and lots of water.

Don’t Forget to Take Breaks

One of the ways you can jeopardize your productivity in general or especially in Ramadan is by avoiding breaks. Exhausting your brain will cause the information to slip away. Allocating time for relaxing your brain in between studying will boost the quality of your learning.

You can schedule the breaks around the five prayers, by doing so you can have maximum rest without wasting much time. Moreover, you can devote more time to praying and experiencing the essence of Ramadan.

It is only understandable that fasting causes a dip in productivity and the learning ability of students. So instead of being harsh on yourself if you are lagging behind your study plan, be patient and place your trust in Allah for success in the board exams.

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