How to prepare for exams during Ramadan

Ramadan in 2021

Ramadan 2021 in United Kingdom will begin in the evening of Monday, 12 April and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 11 May. Whilst this will not affect Semester 1 exams, students may wish to build it into their preparations ahead of Semester 2 exams.


Adjust your routine

Your revision routine is going to change once Ramadan begins...

Suggested timetable:

3.00am to 3.50am Suhur (pre-fast meal)
4.30 to 1.00pm Sleep
1.00pm – 8.30pm Revision (with breaks!)
8.30pm to 9:30pm Iftar (evening meal)
9:30pm to 10:00pm Rest
10:15pm to 11:15pm Tarawih (extra nightly prayers performed in Ramadan)
11:15pm to 3.00am Revision


Times are approximate.

This is one way to do it – you might prefer to structure your day differently. For instance, you could work in the morning and sleep in the afternoon. The important thing is to have a routine that factors in enough revision and rest time.

Check when your exams are

Set an alarm in advance to make sure you get there in time.

You might feel like you’re missing out on the spiritual benefits of Ramadan because you don’t have time for extra prayers, Quran recitation or charity work. Don’t forget that revising is spiritual too! Educating yourself is also an important part of religion.

There may be other things to take into account when you’re making your own timetable. Do you have lessons during the exam period? If so, you could nap after your classes and then start your revision. Do you have other responsibilities to consider? Work around them.

If you find your mind wandering or you’re feeling sleepy, you could try getting some fresh air.

Eat well, sleep well and know that support is available from Student Services


Centre for Faith and Spirituality
01509 223743