'You can't sit around looking at your books' - St John's pupil

2015-12-30 08:11
Logan Geldenhuys with one of his awards from school. (Supplied)

Logan Geldenhuys with one of his awards from school. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Effective planning is vital to achieving exceptional academic results irrespective of the number of subjects one does. This is according to Logan Geldenhuys from St John’s College, who got 10 distinctions.

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Geldenhuys took on 12 subjects in his matric. He got As in English, Afrikaans, mathematics, life orientation, physical science, information technology, music, history, German, and applied programme mathematics. He missed out on distinctions in Latin and applied programme English.

“The thing about school is that you don’t just have academics, there is so much else involved. I did the president’s award and I was also active in music. The trick was to make sure you worked effectively,” he said.

“You couldn’t waste time and sit around just looking at your books and doing nothing for a few hours. Every time I worked, I ensured I was working hard and getting stuff done. I actually managed to cut the work down and go out as well.”

Loved all his subjects

Geldenhuys said the reason he did 12 subjects was because he loved all of them, not because he wanted 12 distinctions.

He found the preliminary exams more challenging than the finals as they were written on consecutive days. He sometimes found himself having to study three days before the actual exams for certain subjects. For others he studied the day before.

It all came down to knowing the subjects and studying effectively.

“The weekend before exams I would sort out all my notes and get them in a pile. Most of the time I would study the day before the exams but some subjects were harder than others. I remember for Latin, I studied for three days, whereas something like history is less work to study for. It’s mostly about knowing which subjects you need to work on."

Headmaster Paul Edey said it was extraordinary for Geldenhuys to do so many subjects and pass so well. Edey described him as a grounded boy who was an all-rounder.

“It was double what other people were doing. He was not simply a person who swotted all day, but he participated in all his extra-mural activities. I am delighted with the results,” he said.

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