Welcome, class of 2020! We're going to help you through the matric final exams and the matric results.
This page has links to study resources, past papers and study guides, study methods and tips, advice on managing stress, good nutrition and sleep, and anything else you may need to keep you calm and learning at your best.
Get stuck in and stay tuned!
Old matric exam papers
We cover every subject from Afrikaans to Zulu, with hundreds of old exam papers from 2008. Maths, the Sciences, English... Music, Dance and Tourism – they're there.
When doing these papers, set the alarm clock and try to finish the paper within the same amount of time you have when sitting for the actual paper. That way you can identify key problem areas.
They're mostly NSC papers, but we've also added some past papers from the IEB exams here:
The 2020 NSC timetable
We list all the subjects, dates and times, and will also make a nifty printable calendar you can stick to your wall or fridge.
To see which paper is written when, and download the free calendar, you'll be able to click here as soon as the 2020 calendar is made available. Watch this space.
The 2020 IEB timetable
The 2020 exam timetable for private schools who are writing the IEB matric exams. You'll be able to click here as soon as the calendar is made available. Watch this space.
Create a study timetable
We've designed a few printables you can download and print out to work out what you're going to study when. So organised.
Free matric study guides:
Download free study guides for:
- Maths and Maths Literacy
- Physical Science
- Languages, including Afrikaans Huistaal, Afrikaans EAT, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, isiNdebele, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga.
Other study resources:
- Flashcards and the Leitner system: Here's how to memorise facts for exams
- How to master learning with mindmaps
- How to study with mnemonics devices
Stress: how to not lose your marbles
Advice from top matrics
If you're the parent, here's how to support your matriculant:
- 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 matric finals
- 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
- Matric: the hardest M of all
Of food and health:
- 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
Results! (And what a matric pass means)
Sign up to News24's Matric Results tool and you'll be notified the moment the results become available. Available soon. Meanwhile, here are some other ways:
What happens next year?
- Disappointing matric results? Here are your options
- Failed Matric? Don't worry, here's your Second Chance
- Failure is not the finish line
- Options for school leavers who don't have a matric
- South Africa's universities and colleges: contact details
- How much a first year costs at a SA university in 2018
- Where to find funding for tertiary studies
- Seven bursaries matriculants should know about
- How to help your child study abroad
Gap years and empty nests
- Should my child take a gap year?
- What gap year option is right for my child?
- Empty nest: How to cope... and how to cope (we've written quite a bit about this)
To share your comments, advice, stories and concerns around matric and exams, email us and we may publish your comments.