Balance the key for Hilton College wunderkind

2015-12-30 10:00
Antonios John Makris of Hilton College obtained 9 distinctions. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Antonios John Makris of Hilton College obtained 9 distinctions. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - Balance was key for Hilton College matriculant Antonios John Makris, who notched up 8 distinctions.

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“My year was a good one on the sporting and academic fronts and I worked hard to ensure that I got good results," he said.

“I was part of the school golf team and then made a provincial selection, which took up quite a bit of time and it took up several Sundays. That got stressful, but we made sure we got through it all.”

The 18-year-old said striking a balance between downtime and the books was a goal he had set himself early on. Working hard consistently throughout the year, leaving nothing to the last minute, was the key.

 “It’s really important to take some time off and I would get irritated if I sat behind a desk all day. Learning in bursts helps with my focus,” Makris added.

"At the end it’s a nice feeling.”

He had several tips for those who hoped to emulate his matric success next year.

“The best thing to do is to not try and cram everything in on the eve of exam. The efforts need to be consistent and all tests and exams need to be well prepared for. It becomes a confidence thing and then those small tests will inform you whether or not you are ready. 

“Do a lot of past papers and take good notes and then you start to see the patterns. That will also boost your confidence. It’s all about practice I think.”

He intended studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Science at the University of Pretoria next year. He wanted to become a chartered accountant and was looking forward to life's adventures.

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