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Study tips for learners in matric

Keep cool and stay calm, this is the best way you can manage your child’s stress.

The Public Servants Association (PSA), representing educators in the public sector, wishes matriculants well in their exams.

The matric exams represent a crucial moment in the lives of young learners, marking the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and determination. The PSA recognises the challenges and pressures that come with this phase and wants to assure every matriculant that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“We have full confidence in your ability to excel and achieve your dreams.

As you enter the final stretch of your preparations, stay focused, stay positive and believe in yourself. Matriculants are not alone on this journey.

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Family, friends and teachers are behind you. Remember you are the future of this country.

“We look forward to celebrating your achievements as you embark on the next exciting phase of your lives contributing to the economy of South Africa,” said Maleka.

The PSA shares the below tips for learners to manage exam stress:

• Be prepared – start early and don’t cram everything in the night before

• Go with the study method that suits you best

• Work through past exam papers or example questions

• Take breaks – spend your time in between sessions doing physical activities

• Rest often – get enough sleep, especially before exams

• Know times, venues, procedures and what you can take into the exam venue

• Arrive well before the exam start time.

It can be equally distressing for parents to see their children go through exam-related stress. Many parents fail to comprehend the levels of anxiety and depression facing the learners of today and can help by providing support at home.

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Here are ways parents can support their child during exams:

Prioritise mental well-being

Identify triggers of stress and feelings that cause fear and anxiety in your child. Help them deal with negativity by finding ways of coping with these feelings so they can regain focus and confidence.

Ensuring your home is a calm, productive and supportive space in which your child can learn can make a big difference.

Proactively manage stress

Be aware of the early warning signs, which can include lack of sleep, loss of appetite and being easily distracted.

Emphasise the importance of having a healthy mind and help your child to proactively relieve stress by taking regular breaks and even interacting with friends.

Promote a healthy lifestyle

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Studying for exams requires time and effort, but it should not be to the detriment of your child’s health.

Ensure they get enough quality sleep and physical exercise, even if it’s walking the dogs around the block.

Cook healthy meals, keep nutritional snacks in your pantry and reduce screen time as much as possible. Set realistic expectations

As a parent, you want your child to do well, but it is important that your expectations – as well as your child’s own expectations – are realistic. Discuss what their goals are for the exams and help map out their study plan so they can get a sense of the desired expectations.

Be an example

Keep cool and stay calm, this is the best way you can manage your child’s stress. Be sure to take care of your own mental health too, as this will enable you to show feelings of care and understanding. Support them to effectively deal with their challenges.

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