Balancing Revision and Exams during Ramadan
Hi everyone and welcome back to my post! *waves makeup brush* (Do I sound like Jeffree Star yet?)
The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. For Muslims, this only means that the Holy Month of Ramadan is near. For those who are unfamiliar, Ramadan is a month whereby Muslims fast (do not eat and drink) from dusk till dawn. Why do we do so?
“The purpose of the fasting is to develop God-consciousness, self-control, and improvement of health by reducing or eliminating impurities from the body, and to become aware of the plight of the poor, hungry, and the sick.”
– Source: Khaleej Times
In the UK, the month of Ramadan also falls on the month of examinations. Be it, A-Levels or degree examinations. It could be tiring to revise and do exams when you are mentally and physically tired after a long day of fasting. Especially at this time when we are fasting for around 18 hours. But don’t let this stop you. I will give you some tips which we can hopefully use when revising and doing examinations during Ramadan.
a) Identify when you study most efficiently.
Do you study better in the morning? Afternoon? Or are you an all-nighter person? From there, you must plan. I am a morning/afternoon person and by evening, I cannot do any studying. I must go out for a walk and do anything but studying. Then, I can continue studying. The fasting month is a crucial month for us to plan so start your plan by identifying your sleeping pattern.
b) Identify your sleeping pattern.
This can be a bit tough as you can have your sahoor (dining before fasting) right before sunrise and break your fast after sunset. But don’t let this deter you from achieving your best! Take power naps. I have been practising lately on how I’m going to sleep during the month of Ramadhan and I feel like I should sleep around 10pm and wake up an hour before sunrise to do my morning prayers. Then after a while, I go back to sleep. Or if I don’t feel like sleeping, I can continue with my morning routine and take afternoon/evening naps. Just make sure you sleep a total of 8 hours.
c) Make charitable acts!
I love Ramadhan because it gives me constant realisation that I am indeed lucky and blessed to study abroad. During Ramadhan, your rewards are tripled when you do charitable acts. It could be as simple as picking up rubbish around the campus, smiling and saying hi to other people and giving out food for people during iftar (the time when we break our fast).
d) Contact your friends during exam day
It can be tiring during Ramadhan and you may have the fear of not waking up on time for your exams, especially if it is a 9am. Get your friend to call you, or get your parents or friends from other universities to call you an hour before the exam to check if you are still on the bed or if you are already making your way to the campus, or revising the last few chapters from the notes you wrote previously.
e) Make the time to do some light exercises
I am the kind of person who will need to take a break from long hours of studying to avoid burnout. It is important for us to do some light exercises. I used to do some swimming sessions by the Triathlon club and spinning in the gym but I can’t do it while I fast or else I won’t have the energy to study. You can either do heavy workouts after your iftar or just have a nice walk around campus during the day. There’s a nice path along the Cryfield area which takes you to Kenilworth (and Leamington if you go further). It is important to avoid burnout and to sit hours and hours in the library without moving around.
I found this picture on Twitter after writing this which gives a perfect TLDR of this post:
Therefore, these are the tips that I could give for those who are fasting during Ramadhan. I am excited for this year’s Ramadhan and I hope that all of us will be able to make this Ramadhan the best one yet. 🙂