WITH fewer than 100 days until the matric exams, the national Department of Education released the matric timetable. Matric examinations will start on Monday 24 October when schools with foreign language studies take place over two days. The English paper will be written on Wednesday 26 October.Examinations will continue for five weeks with the last paper being written on 20 November for those doing practical examinations.The “how to pass matric” website gives study tips: • Focus for 10 minutes, take each subject and schedule 10 minutes for it removing any distractions and focus on the work for the entire 10 minutes. This helps you to get the ball rolling and you may find that 10 becomes 30 or 60 minutes. This also helps tremendously with subjects that seem difficult and challenging at first.• Break up your work, concentrate on doing small sections of work to the best of your abilities. The first tip amplifies the usefulness of studying smaller sections by increasing your focus. So instead of tackling an entire chapter or module start with a small sub-section, but do that section to the best of your ability.• Set up and share your study schedule, let as many people know about your study times and tasks. This creates self-imposed pressure to get things done and ultimately removes the procrastination that befalls many matric students.• Get up early, getting all your scheduled study time in early can give you a greater sense of achievement and freedom to enjoy the other things in your life. This is more important during the weekends and holiday periods, studying at midnight to catch up on your schedule will not help your concentration and retention.• Reward yourself, give yourself time away from your studies, but only if you deserve it. If you’ve studied consistently during the week then take a day off to relax with family or friends. Matric is tough and rest periods allow you time to recover and regain motivation to push through, so do not rob yourself enjoy the year.These tips are simple to implement. The website discourages studying for long hours, and at the end not being able concentrate.