April 12, 2021

Studying and writing exams during Ramadan

This year, winter 2021 exams are during the month of Ramadan.

The timing of Ramadan varies each year, determined by the first sighting of the crescent moon. This year it’s expected to begin the evening of April 13, meaning that it’ll take place at the same time as winter final exams.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ramadan, it’s when those of Islamic faith fast from sunrise to sunset, and focus on contemplation and reflection. The fasting includes no drinking or eating, and also abstaining from other habits, such as smoking. This time might also be spent in prayer, reading the Qur'an or giving to charity. Eid al-Fitr is the celebration of the end of this fasting period. 

If you’re a student of Muslim faith, the fact that Ramadan and exams fall at the same time this year might mean you’re studying and taking exams when you’re not at peak performance. Make sure to take care of yourself during this time and reach out for support. UCalgary’s Faith and Spirituality Centre (FSC) is available to provide online support to students during the pandemic closures.

Projects, assignments and exams during the month of Ramadan

If you’re observing this religious holiday, you might experience reduced energy levels, less patience and diminished concentration because of fasting and interrupted sleep schedules. You might want to plan ahead by making a special schedule during the month of Ramadan for your projects, assignments and exams. Seek guidance from the FSC if you need more support during the month of Ramadan.

A former UCalgary student finds it helpful to schedule study time early in the day and take short naps in the afternoon. Below we’ve compiled some more helpful tips from the FSC community to help you during this time:

UCalgary’s Faith and Spirituality Centre (FSC), in conjunction with Enrolment Services, has put together a helpful brochure with information about this year’s Ramadan.

During this blessed and holy time when the focus is on reflecting and giving to others, make sure you’re taking care of yourself too.

View a special message from Faith and Spirituality Centre faith representatives Imam Fayaz Tilly and Ustada Noureen Tilly.