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Five tips on how to revise for exams in Ramadan

If you’re studying for exams during Ramadan, you’re likely to be fasting and revising at the same time. This can be challenging under ‘normal’ circumstances, but maybe more so during Covid-19. However, you can plan your studies and revision around your religious duties. These five tips should help.

1) Make sure you’re well rested

If you’re taking part in Ramadan, you’ll be waking up at sunrise for Suhoor – the meal before people begin fasting. If you’re not used to waking up at this time, it can disrupt your sleep schedule and leave you feeling tired.

It’s important to make sure you get enough rest while you’re fasting, so you have the energy to study to your maximum potential.

2) Take longer, regular breaks

When you do revise, make sure you take regular breaks. If you are working on an empty stomach, it may be difficult to revise for long, endless hours in a row.

Give yourself the time to relax and recuperate if you do find yourself getting tired and get back to it when you’re ready.

Even if you’re fasting, make sure you still take a break for breakfast and lunch.

Use the time when you’d usually eat to do something that gives your mind a break and leaves you feeling more energised. You could go for a walk to get a change of scenery, watch TV – or even catch up on sleep!

3) Adapt your schedule for the month ahead

Ask yourself when the best time would be for you to study. And build your schedule around that.

It might be different to your usual routine.

For example, if you study better when you’ve eaten, then do the bulk of your revision after Suhoor and Iftar – the meal where people break their fast.

4) Eat healthy food

Remember, you still need to fuel your body properly, especially during Ramadan.

At Suhoor and Iftar, eat healthy and filling ‘brain foods’ that will give you the energy boost you need.

It might be tempting to order a takeaway if you want something quick and easy after a long day. But unless you get the nutrition your body needs, this could leave you feeling even more tired.

Make sure you drink lots of water and stay hydrated too.

5) Join a study group

If you know others on your course who are also fasting, why not form a study group? Studying with others in a similar situation may give you more study tips – and it’s great for moral support!

There are many platforms where you can form study groups online. So if you’re still in lockdown, you can still revise from the comfort of your own home with your peers.