Exams: go online and you’ll be fine
Exam season is upon us, along with all the stress, anxiety, excitement and dread. School-goers of today have the advantage of a new study buddy – the internet. They can find a wealth of educational resources online to help them do their best.
Here are some helpful exam-time resources from your new study buddy:
First things first – when it comes to matric exams, the National Senior Certificate Timetable should be your first point of reference, as this will dictate how and when you study. This timetable can be found online on the Department of Education’s website here.
Doing the actual exam papers from previous years will give you a good idea of what to expect in your exam. You can see the type of questions you can expect and test your knowledge against these. Parent24 has a page of online past papers for a number of different subjects on their website. A comprehensive list of exams dating back to 2008 can also be found here: https://www.govpage.co.za/matric-papers.html
TV channels to online channels
You may be familiar with TV channels and programmes that offer study guidance, but did you know that many of the resources are available online too?
Mindset Learn offers free downloadable workbooks for matric subjects, as well as interactive video tutorials. The Mindset Learn TV channel is available via DStv, StarSat, OpenviewHD and Freevision, but all Mindset learn content is available to free view on learn.mindset.co.za and www.youtube.com/mindsetlearn.
SABC Education is the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s education division. This user-friendly site provided information on the SABC’s various educational programmes. The free-for-download resources such as ‘Maths Genius’ have helped many learners reach their goals.
Use forums and chat groups
If you are disciplined enough to not get distracted by idle chatter, start an instant messaging or WhatsApp group with your friends and classmates. You can clarify information, worth through problems together and test one another.
Other important tips for taking on your exams:
- Check the requirements to pass: Make sure that you know the type of pass you need when it comes to your matric certificate.
- Plan your studying:Use the exam timetable to plot a feasible study schedule
- Don’t delay: The earlier you start studying, the better you will do in your exams.
- Try study groups: Studying with a group of friends or class mates can help you figure out problems together, and also brings some variation to your study routine.
Go into your exam confident in the knowledge that you have studied to the best of your ability. Good luck!