Ban social media during matric revision

2017-07-26 06:02

IT is time for the 2017 matrics to be prepared for the final months of their school career - time to eliminate all distractions and to ensure they stay in control of revision and ultimate success, says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education.

“Don’t start anything new. Now is not the time to start volunteering in an attempt to boost your CV, or embark on a new relationship.”

Be ruthless with your time, but it is essential to lead a balanced life – exercise, spend time with family and friends, but be careful about time leakage.

“As an experiment, pupils can take a day or two tracking their time and keeping a detailed log. Break the day down into 10-minute slots where you note what you spent your time on. The results can be scary, but also empowering.” Social media and watching soapies gulp up the minutes at a frightening rate.

Some suggestions on how to turn minutes spent on brainless activities into brain-building ones:

• remove social media distractions and their temptations completely for a set period. You’ll also find that when you go back after your self-imposed period of abstinence, you would not have missed out on much at all.

• find a space where you can sit down and get to work immediately - books, etc., ready so no time wasted. Set a goal for each session before you start.

• while you are studying, focus on nothing else. At night, when you go to bed, and in the morning when you wake up, think about your future. Visualise why you are putting in all the hard work now, and picture your future – what you want to do with your life and how you are going to get there.

• Use a timer - a kitchen or cooking timer. Set the timer for 25 minutes when you start and work intensely until the buzzer goes. Then get up, take a five-minute break - do not check social media - rather do a couple of stretches and brisk walk - and get back to your books for another round. After every four rounds, take a break of about 30 minutes - relax and enjoy, and then it is back again.
- Meropa Communications.

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