For some parents, school exams herald the season of panic and trauma. Others get on with their lives, trusting their children to get on with it. And others still, are strict and provide a clear framework and certain expectations for their children.
Of course how your family deals with exams also depend largely on your children: some are more academically inclined, already having their summaries neatly stacked on their organised desks. Some kids learn through experience and play and may have a harder time memorising facts.
The fact is, our school exams require children to memorise certain facts and show understanding of others, there's no getting around it. So we've compiled a whole list of good articles, detailing various clever ways to study, plus links to study guides, cool websites and apps, and even past papers that can help your child to prepare for their various exams with confidence.
All the best, may you survive – and even thrive – during this year's end exams!
The Parent24 team.
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Print it! Free downloadable study guides
We're able to share a handful of free study guides for various grades in various subjects with you, especially for Grade 10 and Grade 11. Amazing, dedicated educational professionals have made this possible, so please make use of this free offer! These are all South African and CAPS-aligned.
Study hacks: great ways to remember facts
MIND MAPS: How to master learning with mind maps
MNEMONIC DEVICES: How to study and remember facts using mnemonic (sounds-like) devices
Print it! Pretty study timetables
We made some blank, weekly study timetables you can print out and let your child fill in and plan when they'll study what.
Useful SA educational resources
GENERAL: Here's a list of educational companies in South Africa who specialise in publishing study material for all grades and most subjects, following the CAPS curriculum. You may have to buy their study guides, or subscribe to a portal, but their worksheets, textbooks and study guides are top notch.
MATHS: We also have this list of educational apps, websites and other resources specifically for maths. Again, most work on a subscription basis but it may be worth it to help your child truly get maths.
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of other great study resources available to South African learners.
Find your child's study style
Some children learn through listening carefully, others by seeing things visually, others by moving, thinking, or feeling... It's not an exact science but finding your child's best study style can help them to learn and understand the material in a way they find most comfortable.
Here's a short summary of study styles, with study tips to help your child maximise the time they spend studying.
Be careful of using only one method of studying, especially for different subjects. Even if you're an "intuitive" learner, you'll still have to sit and memorise certain facts.
Some obvious and not-so-obvious advice from industry experts.
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Here are ways to support your child through their exams
Do you wonder how involved you as a parent should be? Here are different ways you can support your teen.
- How parents can get involved during exam time
- Teach your kids to see difficulty this way and they're more likely to succeed
- How to motivate your studying teen
- Help your teen study effectively
- Are you stressing about the exams more than your kid is?
- A parent’s guide to surviving exams
- Perform or else? When we put on an unhealthy amount of pressure
- Coping tips for parents of matriculants
- Whose exam is it anyway? How to best support your teen
Helping your child eat well
Stuffing your face with chips and chocolates, or neglecting to eat at all, won't give the brain the nutrients it needs to fire on all cylinders. Here are some great tips.
- Food to optimise studies
- Forget caffeinated drinks, this healthy alternative will improve your child's concentration during exams
- WATCH: These 5 food tips will help your studying teen stay in top form
- Studying and headaches – all you need to know
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