Staying focused, studying for exams, and being productive can be challenging during Ramadan. Here are some ways to stay on top of things and meet the different needs you may have during Ramadan:
Set Goals For Yourself
- Setting goals helps you build a growth mindset.
- Set SMART goals and check out this resource for more information on goal-setting.
- Journal to track your progress.
- Come up with ideas to earn good deeds throughout the month.
- Make a Ramadan calendar with activities to fill your day.
- Never underestimate the power of a sincere du’a. Make du’a for an easy and beneficial Ramadan and ask Allah for help with your studies and exams.
Reconnect With Your Friends In Purposeful Ways
- Join or create virtual hangouts to do Ibaadah together.
- Sign up or create a Ramadan challenge.
- Share your Ramadan goals and hold each other accountable.
- Arrange iftar gatherings (virtual or in person).
- If you can, hangout after taraweeh prayers.
- Find new ways to volunteer in your local community together. Help distribute food to those who need it or organize a masjid clean-up/decoration night.
- Reserve the hardcore studying (learning new concepts), for when you can eat and get some brain food in your system. Lighter studying is more doable when fasting (making flashcards, reading through old notes, checking homework).
- Use these strategies to prepare for exams during Ramadan.
- Check out these strategies for being productive while taking online classes
- Practice mindfulness and reduce your stress
Stay Physically Active
- Try getting some fresh air by taking a short walk outside (this is a great time to listen to some Quran, too!).
- Getting a dose of natural sunlight can help set your circadian rhythms and will help you sleep better at night.
- Physical movement/light exercise releases endorphins that make you feel better, and can boost your immunity.
It’s important for schools to provide an environment for Muslim students where they feel supported in practicing their religion. Teachers can also do their part in creating a welcoming space for Muslim students during this month. To learn from the story of one school whose staff worked together to accommodate students in Ramadan, check out In consideration of Ramadan. Refer to this list of children’s books about Ramadan and Eid, which can also be integrated into the classroom.
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