With the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) final exams having kicked off on 22 October, stress might be rife amongst matrics. This needn’t be the case.According to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), a grand total of 796 542 students will be taking part in the 2018 examinations, and will be writing almost 150 set Grade 12 papers. Monash South Africa (MSA) will also soon be celebrating its 18th birthday alongside many South African matrics, and would like to give the Grade 12s some tips on how to cope with the stress of the exams.
• While this is a key time in the development of your career and future, it isn’t the be-all and end-all of your future. Remain focused and clear-headed during this time.
• Be sure to give yourself breaks where possible. Take time to breathe, engage in some exercise or a walk and take time out to ensure you remain calm.
• Be prepared – while much of your study prep has been completed, be sure to be organised with extra pens and stationery, check that calculators are working, bring along some tissues and have your breakfast pre-planned so your morning routine is as calm and organised as possible.
• Leave early for school and rather get to the exam venue with plenty of time to spare so traffic delays don’t add to your stress.
• Lastly, if you do not receive the results you had hoped for, or if you feel that you ‘messed up’ an exam, don’t beat yourself up too much, there are ways and means to ensure you are not hampered by a bad result. Your final results include a full overview of your matric work. If need be, you could also potentially retake exams at a later stage, or even consider registering for a Foundation Programme prior to enrolling for a degree.
“On behalf of MSA, I would like to wish all matriculants writing exams well,” said Professor Alwyn Louw, President of MSA. “As learners’ journey through primary and secondary education reaches its conclusion, these learners stand at the precipice of the next phase in their academic journey, namely tertiary or higher education.”
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