With the Easter holidays around the corner, alongside with the back to back long weekends, we want to make sure you stay on you’re a game when it comes to your school work. Check out the following tips to help keep you focused and avoiding distractions.
- Draw a timetable:
A timetable is good for timekeeping, it will help you set targets and keep to it. (Please make sure you become disciplined and follow your timetable). Your timetable should include subjects to be studied, chores and study breaks. Each activity must be assigned with time and the time should be followed. Time keeping will teach you discipline and responsibility. Also, decide what type of format you want to use, digital or printed hard copy. Make sure you keep your timetable where you will be able to access it real quickly, eg. Paste it on your wall or save it in your mobile phone.
Remember not to overwork yourself, take regular breaks when needed.
- Attend holiday classes:
A lot schools of offer extra classes on weekends and mid-term breaks, make sure to get a timetable and attend. If your school doesn’t have any, check if any other local school in your area is offering extra classes.
- Start a study group :
Two brains are better that one, working in a team is far better than struggling by yourself. Get together with your class mates, work on school work that you have difficulty understanding. Do not be shy, bring your questions and problems and present them to your group members. You may find that in your study group, someone may understand that big Maths problem you have. Remember not to get distracted when the group are together, you have a mission which must be accomplished. Sometimes it may seem as if though you have time on your side, but it may not be the truth. Use time wisely.
- Study with previous question papers:
Ask your subject teacher or someone who was in your current grade the previous year for old test/examination papers. Old papers are a good way to study and prepare you for tests and exams. This method will also help you know what sort of questions to expect and how to answer them. Work on those question papers by yourself first before you refer to the memorandum. If you find yourself struggling to get hold of previous copies, please follow this link: http://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/NationalSeniorCertificate(NSC)Examinations/NSCPastExaminationpapers.aspx
- Get enough rest:
Of course you want to ace your exams and stay on top of your game, but that doesn’t mean you should overwork yourself. Get some rest, go outside, take a walk, exercise and take a nap. Make sure you drink plenty water and eat brain foods (salmon, eggs, broccoli, avocado, beetroot and green leafy veggies).
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