10 tips for helping our matric students

2015-10-21 06:00
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AS more than half a million matrics in South Africa begin their exams, the hopes and dreams of our country rest on their shoulders. This is a huge responsibility for many teens who hope to succeed, despite tremendous adversity. Knowing they are not alone and having every South African rooting for them will help them be champions- not only today, but in the future as well.

Here are 10 practical tips all of us can follow to help our matrics:

1. Be patient and understanding by providing your 12th grader with silence, private space and support while they study. Keep other children in the home quiet and away from them. Television and radio should be played softly so as not to distract the student. It is a good time to encourage silent reading in the family in support of the matric student. Family arguments should be taken outside where he can’t hear you. Worrying about family members will create an enormous amount of unnecessary anxiety and stress.

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Take the pressure off your child. At this stage, your child needs support, patience and understanding. They are under enough strain as it is, so nagging while writing exams is counterproductive. Help them to problem solve and think critically if the exams are proving to be difficult. Arguing about an untidy room is pointless at this stage.

5. Teach your teen perseverance. Even if they fail the matric exams, it is not the ‘end of the world.’ People who ultimately succeed in life have the ability to pick themselves up, create a new path, and continue with determination. Devise a plan B with your 12th grader which they are excited about if things are not going well.

6. Be aware of signs of depression, negative self talk, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, changes in your teen’s personality, and behaviour such as withdrawing from the family. Seek help immediately through your family doctor. Alternatively contact the South African depression and anxiety group on 0800 20 50 26 or the suicide hotline on 0800 567 567.

7. Sleep is vitally important for a student to be able to concentrate in an exam, so spending nights studying is not conducive to good results. Encourage your teen to get eight hours of sleep. If he is having trouble falling asleep, play a meditation or sleep CD that could help him to control his breathing and thoughts.

8. Teach your 12th grader the power of positive thinking and visualisations. We don’t know the true power of the human brain. Positive self- talk and creativity may help him through a difficult paper.

9. Provide practical support in the form of tutors, study guides, study groups, and assistance from teachers. Even at the last minute a session with a good tutor or a chat with his Maths teacher can provide your child with valuable tips.

10. Remember to celebrate even the smallest success with your 12th grader, looking forward with optimism and enthusiasm.

Good luck to you all!

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2. Have loads of healthy “brain food” snacks around the house for them to munch on such as bananas, chocolate, fresh fruit and vegetables, watermelon, wholegrain bread and cereals, unsalted nuts, fresh water, and sugar- free chewing gum. Limit the amount of caffeine, sugar and energy drinks available. Provide healthy balanced meals which contain eggs, yoghurt, sweet potatoes, turkey, beef, and fish for omega 3 fatty acids. Supplement his diet with a tonic containing vitamins C, E, B6, B12, calcium, magnesium, and Alpha-lipoic Acid.

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Take the pressure off your child. At this stage, your child needs support, patience and understanding. They are under enough strain as it is, so nagging while writing exams is counterproductive. Help them to problem solve and think critically if the exams are proving to be difficult. Arguing about an untidy room is pointless at this stage.

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