Get ready for exams

2018-10-17 06:03
Wonga Ntshinga

Wonga Ntshinga

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With the National Senior Certificate examination having started and learners heading to examination venues, the bulk of reviewing should now be over, and the limited time available during the examination should be strategically managed by matriculants.

That is according to education expert Wonga Ntshinga, senior head of the programme for the Faculty of ICT at the The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest private higher education institution.

Ntshinga highlights how the final exams are an undeniably important milestone, and that learners should not become overwhelmed in the face of what lies ahead.

He gives a few tips on planning and reviewing, which he says should now move from the general to the specific:

  • Get organised. Just before entering the exam period is a good time to review your study schedule. What work do you still need to cover, and how much time will you have between papers?

Create a neat working environment and a clear plan for what you need to do and study every day. Ensure that you have all the necessary materials sorted and on hand.

  • Narrow down your reviewing.

Once you enter the exam period, you should have adequately covered all your materials.

With little time available between papers, you must now focus your attention on the sections of work that are almost certainly going to be tested, and master these.

  • Breath and get your head in the right place. Your biggest weapon right now is the ability to remain calm and perform under pressure.

Download one of the many mindfulness apps available online and invest five to ten minutes in calming down your nerves before you step into the examination room.

  • Stay healthy. Do not start stress eating or staying up into the early morning hours before an examination to cram. Take regular scheduled breaks, get plenty of water, exercise and sleep, and ensure you eat as healthy as possible.
  • Do not stress about papers already written, but do not relax too soon either. As the exam progresses and the list of subjects you still need to write become shorter and shorter, do not start relaxing too soon.

Keeping the focus right until the end and working for each mark can mean the difference between being accepted into the institution and course of your choice, or having to look at other options.

On the other hand, if things did not go well in one subject, let it go and focus on what lies ahead. Stop stressing about the subjects you have already written, because there is nothing more you can do about those results.

You can, however, still make up for a disappointment by focusing and performing as well as possible in upcoming papers.


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