- Being prepared for any exam allows you to feel confident
- You need to know yourself, identify your peak times, create a timetable, and take care of your well-being
- Avoid cram sessions, procrastination, and distractions.
- If you fail Matric, it is never too late, you still have options at Matric College
Preparing for your Matric exam may seem difficult. You need to reflect on the errors you have made in previous exams and learn from them.
Most importantly you need to look at the following 4 things when preparing for your Matric exam:
- Identify your productive times.
- Have a study timetable.
- Take care of your well-being.
You have to do some self-reflection, and see what works for you. Studying is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Think of how long you can sit and study, remember to be realistic about this.
For example, if you know that you study best when you are well-rested, then remember to study only when you are well-rested.
Optimise your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. Always be aware of what works for you.
2. Identify Your Productive Times
Each person has a time of the day when they are most productive. For instance, some people are full of energy early in the morning, whereas others struggle to get up.
Some people go to bed early in the evening and others are highly productive at night.
Once you have identified your peak hours, you can schedule your most difficult subjects when your concentration is at its best.
The easier subject you can study during your off-peak hours.
3. Have A Study Timetable
Create an actual timetable, instead of the one you have planned in your head. Write it down or type it out.
Your timetable should include all your subjects, remember to prioritise your subjects from difficult to easy.
Generally, 50 minutes of studying is enough, with 10-minute breaks in between. Include your study breaks in your timetables, and place them on your wall, where you can see them.
This will ensure that you are reminded of your subjects and create organised study sessions.
Sharing your timetable with your family members will also help you stay on track, as they can remind you of your study sessions.
4. Take Care Of Your Well-being
Stress is a normal reaction towards examinations, remember to take care of yourself during this process.
Eat healthy foods, this means avoid fast foods and caffeinated drinks. Get enough sleep, the sleep foundation suggests that teens need at least between 8-10 hours of sleep.
It is also important to be physically active, try to work out, or go for long walks on your study breaks.
What To Avoid
Never set yourself up for failure. There are many obstacles that you can face when you are preparing for your Matric exam. Avoid the following mistakes:
Procrastination: Do not put off studying until the last minute, especially if it is a technique that is harmful to your studying process. Study as soon as possible and try to figure out concepts you do not understand ahead of time.
Distractions: The most common distractions are social media and television. Try to schedule this in your break time as a reward.
Cramming: This can only cause unwanted stress. Do not try to remember too much work in one night. This will be confusing and you might forget some of the information.
The most important thing to remember is to focus on your personal academic goals.
Do not be concerned about societal pressures. If your results were not what you expected you may do the following:
- Get a re-check, re-mark, or view your exam paper
- Repeat your Matric year
- Matric Upgrade
- Study without a Matric Certificate.
Last Updated: 17 December 2021