Do you need new study inspiration for the current exam season?If so, Sunet Stemmet of Boston City Campus and Business College has some suggestions.Also included is advice from Adam Malapa on www.learnersguide.co.za.“It is excellent advice and although directed at matrics, it is useful for all learners,” says Stemmet. In general, it is important to keep in mind that exams affect not only students, but also their families. Mostly parents and siblings provide back-up support – everyone needs to pitch in. Convince yourself first. Your mind works in an amazing way. Think positive thoughts – think “I can and I will” – and never underestimate yourself. The rest will follow. Have a study schedule and follow it. This is your future we are talking about. Detail every minute from when you wake up until you go to sleep. Tackle more difficult subjects in the morning study sessions when you are fresh. Schedule group study or past exams sessions for the afternoon when you feel sleepy. Schedule in study times for a max of 50 minutes at a time, with ten minutes break time or social media time. Be disciplined and turn off your phone after ten minutes. Allocate enough time for all subjects. Have a balance in your timetable. It will not help to master one subject but fail other subjects. In addition, covering four or more subjects in one day prevents boredom. Remember, Mathematical subjects need more time for practice and exam papers. Do not procrastinate. Do not plan on cramming a few days before. Make the change in attitude now. Be selective of friends. We’re in the make or break zone. This is your time to make choices, deal with obstacles in your way and make goal-motivated decisions. Be wise in your selection of friends and (sorry about this – it is temporary though) reduce the amount of time you spend with them. Make your books your best friends. Use the five p’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. If you prepare yourself properly, it will prevent you having to face surprises in your exam. Ask for help. Go to the school to see your teacher, email your lecturer or ask friends. Make sure you get the answers you need. Learn to love the subjects you hate and remove your mental blocks. Imagine shaking hands with Mathematics, love your English setwork and move on together.