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How to Survive Matric Finals

by Kate Campell

Matric finals are here, but we believe that you don’t need to worry about a thing.

The best-kept secret is that a game plan is an effective way to get through to the other side of finals.  It is so much better to spend your time planning, and constructing your exam time strategy than worrying about the future. 

If you’re reading this, you either jumped onto the site to check out our awesome new look, or you’re just looking for a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you stumbled upon us, or we’re your go-to resource for finding your way, we’re here to help ease your load. You really can achieve your goals and nail these exams!

Matric finals: The stress and strain

Matric is the final stage of your high school career with the final exams being the finish line. It’s really one of those incredible milestones in life that you’ll look back on and appreciate, but we know it can feel like a mountain to climb. 

Some of the main struggles that come with matric finals include the fear of failure, the challenge of getting yourself into a ‘study zone’ and even finding the time to still feel like a human. Some other pressures include deciding what career path you want to go on and making sure you’ll meet the requirements necessary for getting into the tertiary institution of your choice. The pressures can be huge at all angles, but we are here to remind you that you can do it!

We have a few tips to help you turn that mountain into a molehill and really succeed during this time. The stress doesn’t have to take away all your joy and hope, rather, your stress response can help you rise to the occasion and conquer! It is all about your perspective

Master the exam season

Mastering your final exam season this year is really about learning to wrap your brain around a few things and set some practical processes in place for yourself.  For example, you need to be aware of your stress and time management in between studying. We’ll give you some tips on these a little later in the article, but it is important to structure your time so you don’t end up wasting it (trust us, we’ve ALL been there!). 

Another one of the barriers to studying well is understanding how you naturally study best. There’s no use studying visually if you are a verbal learner by nature, you could be wasting time trying to get your notes pretty, when all you need is to ingest the information in the best way you can.

Is it true that we all have a specific study style that works better for us? How do you know which one is best for you?  Here’s a little critical dive into the topic.

Just before you step into exam time, get to know how you study best. When you know what works for you then practice the learning techniques that complement your learning style. You could be an auditory, visual, kinesthetic or verbal learner. 

Exams: Practical tips to smash the finals

Overcoming the stress of matric finals is a possibility.  We have some practical tips to guide you through this season. Take a look at these and implement them where you can. You won’t regret taking a few minutes to plan out your life!

  • Time Management
    It is super important to manage your time well during exam season. You really don’t want to waste your precious time, so get things written in your calendar or weekly schedule and then stick to the map you lay out for yourself. 
  • Stress Management
    Make sure you incorporate some stress management tactics into your study/exam schedule. Little things like, a slow, restful cup of tea in the morning before you do anything or go anywhere can shift the way you manage your day. Make sure you breathe deeply throughout each day. While you’re studying take 5 minutes every hour to just simply sit, process and breathe. It will change your perspective on your studies and give you the motivation you need to get through it all. 

Working through matric past exam papers is a solid way to study for trials and finals. It’s exam time! Download NSC and IEB past exam papers for all major subjects.

  • Get the good stuff in!
    Food, exercise and time on your own are highly valuable during stressful seasons. Make sure you eat food that will help you concentrate such as foods that are high in magnesium and lots of salads and vegetables. You also want to make sure you get enough healthy protein in! We also recommend a relaxed, friendly coffee here and there to help you feel like your social flame is not completely snuffed out. Use the coffee date to debrief and process some of the things that are on your mind and let go a little. This will totally help you focus more, because your ‘social tank’ will be full enough for your to concentrate on your work. 

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Overall, we back you and we hope you will back yourself in the study season. Remember to get the good stuff in, make time to be yourself, manage your stress well and keep a tight ship when it comes to your time schedule.  You will get through this time one step at a time 🙂

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