HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE MATRIC EXAMS
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TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE MATRIC EXAMS
Preparation is key
- Draw up a special study schedule.
- Study in 50-minute blocks, with 10-minute breaks.
- Select fixed study-times for every day, including a time slot over weekends.
- Use the school holidays wisely.
- Study for at least 3 hours a day during holidays.
- Practice study skills and strategies regularly to ensure they become study habits.
- Break up topics into manageable sections.
Design a plan
- Decide when you work best, for instance, early morning, afternoons, evenings.
- Pick a place where you’re most productive at. This can be at home, at the library or at school.
- Select a study area where you can work undisturbed. Set up a place to study, with a table, chair, uncluttered work space and good lighting.
- If you work well with others you can arrange with a friend to be your study mate.
- How do you best remember information? Seeing, hearing or through action? People have different preferred learning styles, it’s best to use them all.
- Make your studying active by using study methods, writing, drawing, summarizing, chanting or teaching your study buddy.
- Concentrate fully and try not to allow your mind to wander. This improves with practice.
- Avoid last-minute cramming.
On exam day
- Arrive early and ready to begin.
- Read and understand the exam instructions.
- Preview the question paper and allocate your writing time appropriately.
- Tackle each question systematically.
- Write down something for every question.
- Set out your answers clearly.
- If you feel you’re unable to answer a question, don’t panic and allow anxiety to affect how you answer the rest of the paper.