The Holy month of Ramadan is here! This is the month of the Islamic Calendar where Muslims across the world engage in the remembrance of the Almighty God. This is done by fasting, prayer, and reciting the Holy Book.
It is a glorious month, however, one thing is for sure. The 30 days of consecutive fasting certainly can take a toll, especially on students who are undergoing exam preparation. Since Ramadan is in April-May this year, it takes place during exam season. Therefore, there is extra pressure on intermediate students to fast during exam preparation.
So, if you are preparing for upcoming exams but are concerned about keeping energy levels up while you stress, do not worry. It is quite possible to study effectively during the Holy month of Ramadan. Simply follow these tips to help you maintain productivity for exam preparation while you fast.
During Ramadan, Muslims are free to eat and drink between the time of Iftar (meal at dusk) and Sehri (meal before sunrise). The rest of the hours are spent fast. Here’s how to remain productive during fasting hours:
The average person can only maintain an attention span for 30-40 minutes. This is even more difficult for a student who hasn’t eaten or drank. So, do not be hard on yourself. Allow yourself to perform exam preparation and solve past papers for as long as you feel focused, perhaps 20-30 minutes. When you feel your attention drifting, give yourself a 10-minute break. After the break, resume studying for another small session.
Filling your lungs with fresh oxygen will do wonders for staying active during a fast. So feel free to step outside during breaks and enjoy the fresh air. If it’s not too hot, you can even sit outside while you solve past papers and read notes. The change of scenery can revitalize you and even distract you from thoughts of hunger during exam preparation.
Splashing yourself with some cool water, or taking a shower are good ways to freshen up. So try to take a shower before you begin exam preparation for the day, and splash your face between study sessions. Performing Wudu before prayers is also a great way to revitalize yourself, and it can help you feel active enough to practice past papers or learn a new topic after your prayers.
Your sleep schedule will likely be altered in the month of Ramadan, This is because you will be up before sunrise to have your meal at Suhoor. As a result, you may feel lethargic and sleepy throughout the day. So allow yourself to take a midday nap to catch up on your sleep. This will help restore energy in your body and brain. Do not be hard on yourself if you need a little extra sleep during the day, as burdening your body to learn when you are tired will likely be unproductive.
It is very tempting to fill up on fried, fatty foods such as Pakora and Samosas at iftar. But try to incorporate healthier options into your diet as well. Fresh fruits and vegetables will supply your body with the nutrients needed to remain active throughout the day. Dates, nuts, and fresh smoothies are also good for restoring energy levels. During Sehri, consume meals that will provide long-lasting energy throughout the day such as whole grains, yogurt, and eggs.
These 5 steps will help maintain your productivity levels for exam preparation while you fast. At times it may seem difficult, but remember that Ramadan is a time to strengthen your faith. Any effort that you make in the month of Ramadan will surely be rewarded. So, keeping this in mind, remain steadfast in your studies throughout the month!