Sunday,19 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1397, (7 - 20 June 2018)
Sunday,19 May, 2019
Issue 1397, (7 - 20 June 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Surviving exams in Ramadan

Surviving exams in Ramadan
Surviving exams in Ramadan

Exam time is always stressful for students and their parents, but when it falls during Ramadan there’s often the added anxiety of how they can study efficiently and effectively while fasting during the day.

No doubt, it is a serious challenge. But thinking and planning ahead, along with proper scheduling, can help many students to cope with the stress and benefit from fasting.

 Here are some tips to help students approach their exams with confidence:

Eat smart for Sohour: 

Eating a proper meal is critical for getting the most out of the fast while maintaining optimum performance during exams. Focus on meals that provide slow-releasing energy like dates or dried fruits. Combine these with protein like in yoghurt, boiled eggs or nuts, which will help the energy release more steadily over time. 

Eat intelligently at Iftar

Eat water-rich foods at iftar, which will keep you hydrated for longer than just drinking water. Foods that are high in fat can make you sleepy, so try to limit your intake of Ramadan traditional foods to help you feel more alert for the rest of the day. 

Keep super-hydrated: 

Aim to drink at least two litres of water between Iftar and Sohour to keep your body and mind hydrated.

Change your revision routine

As your daily routine changes during Ramadan, it’s important to also change the times and ways you revise for exams. Avoid overloading yourself during the daytime when your body will be under the most stress. The daytime is likely to be the best opportunity for you to catch up on sleep, while the time between Iftar and Sohour is a great opportunity to revise while you’re feeling less hungry. Wake up two hours before dawn in order to start studying. Eat Sohour then pray and sleep until the early morning.

Limit physical activity: 

You can save energy for the brain power you need to study and concentrate during exams. While a short walk after Iftar may be a good idea, heavy duty workouts or schedules overcrowded with various social activities, will waste the energy you need to save for fasting and studying.

Schedule short naps: 

Naps can help alleviate the sleepiness you feel even outside of Ramadan in the afternoons. The ideal nap is not more than 20 to 30 minutes long and is preferably taken around 2 or 3 pm. 

Take frequent breaks: 

These will stop your brain from getting tired and help you focus more when studying. Don’t just sit at your desk either: stretch your legs and take some time away from books and the computer screen.

Get enough sleep: 

Sleep is just as important in keeping you strong and focused as food and water. Get a good night’s sleep before exams. 

Form a study group: 

Coping with the challenges of revising during Ramadan can be made much easier if you team up with a friend or two and chat to each other regularly about how your studies are going. These things can help provide the needed motivation and support.

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