The matric 2017 end-of-year exams start Monday, 16 October. The future is almost here... every matric can taste it. Now to get through these final NSC exams. And we know it’s not just tough on the young adults – exam-time is tough on the whole family.If you are freaking out or don’t seem to be coping well with the pressures that come with having to study for the upcoming exams, here are some tips: Plan ahead Don’t leave things to the last minute. Start studying and you will feel more confident. Study notes Make them super colourful, friendly and bright. Often the things we need to revise can seem repetitive and bland and it helps to separate headings, paragraphs and categories by using bright colours or pictures so that your mind is stimulated creatively. You’ll probably find that you’re able to remember more things by associating key words and important facts with colours and pictures. Eat right Avoid caffeine or things that are high in sugar. You might think that foods which are high in energy will help you study better, but they’re really just short term fixes and they’re likely to make other important things such as sleep and fatigue a bigger long-term problem. Omega 3 is great for the brain so stick to foods that give you enough of your daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Sleep Students often tend to stay up until ridiculous hours in an attempt to cram in as much information as possible. Pulling all-nighters and depriving yourself of sleep during exam time is possibly the worst solution when it comes to effective learning. It’s far better to stick to a healthy sleep routine to enhance memory and brain-functions so that you actually remember the things you’ve been studying hard for. Turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime and relax your mind before you go to sleep. Relaxing music can help you study better Music can elevate your mood and create a sense of calm if you’re listening to the right tunes. Classical music is said to be a great way to restore your mind’s concentration levels while getting into rhythm with whatever it is you’re trying to study. Take a short break from studying every now and then and try to rest your mind with music. Relaxation is a key factor when revising for exams.