Mid- term exams are slowly approaching and we want to make sure that you are properly prepared to collect all those level 7’s. It is crucial for you to study hard and get good marks, especially if you are currently in matric, because you will be applying for tertiary education and possibly for bursaries as well. Read the following study tips to prepare you for the exams.
1. Create time to study:
Planning ahead is very important. You do not want to be studying for your Life Science paper a day before the actual exam. Make time for your studies; make your books are your priority. In fact, it is advisable to cut back on extra curriculum activities that you may have to create time for your studies (we are not saying do not have hobbies, just allocate your time wisely)
2.Draw up a study timetable/schedule
A study timetable will help you out a lot when it comes to time management and planning. A colleague of mine always says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and it is true. You need to plan your study sessions in advance, immediately after you get your exam scope. Draw up a study timetable that will include all the subjects to be studied and also include breaks. Make sure you allocate enough time for all the subjects to be studied. Place you timetable where it will be easy for you to access (Paste it on a wall or save it in your phone). And lastly, FOLLOW THAT TIMETABLE. You will thank yourself.
3. Organize a study group
Two brains will always be better than one. Get together with your class mates and exchange notes and ideas. Discuss, evaluate and practice exercises together. You will find that you learn quicker in this setting. Please do not use this time to discuss last night’s episode of Games of Thrones. Stay focused and disciplined. Choose topics to be discussed and stick to them.
4.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
6.Rest, exercise and eat brain foods
Make sure you get enough sleep and you take regular breaks during study sessions. Drink plenty of water, keep a 2L bottle by your study desk and make sure you finish it by the end of the day. Go for yoga or Pilates classes to help you relax and stay fit. Also make sure eat brain foods which include: salmon, eggs, broccoli, avocado, beetroot and green leafy veggies.
If you haven’t by now, you will have to learn self discipline and dedication. They will help you go a long way when it comes to studies. Set yourself some goals and work towards achieving them everyday.
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