The definitive guide to helping your child prepare for their final matric exams

The definitive guide to helping your child prepare for their final matric exams

Published on 4th October, 2021 at 03:11 pm

Do you have a child in matric who is stressed about their final school exams? Here is a guide to help you help them succeed.

Matric learners across South Africa are gearing up to write their final school exams. This is understandably a stressful time for both learners and parents or guardians alike. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the education landscape has undergone some enormous changes, the biggest one being the shift from full-time, in-person learning to online classes.

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While online learning had become more widely adopted, no one expected it to become the norm quite as soon as it did. The outbreak of the coronavirus sped up this process, and online learning has proven to be an effective medium for many students, while remaining a challenge for others. “In South Africa, the cost of data and suitable technology remains a stumbling block for learners,” says Natalie Rabson, spokesperson for online distance education provider, Ivy Online. “The pandemic has also forced some students to work to help their families financially, and trying to manage a job and remote learning is a struggle.” Fortunately, there are a host of supplementary resources available online, on TV and via learning apps to help your child to study stress-free and succeed in their final school exams. Here’s how.

#1: Help them form a study group

Learning with their fellow classmates is an effective way to test your child’s knowledge and help them absorb information. “Before COVID-19, we used to encourage students to form study groups to assist each other and learn from peers,” says Rabson. “We’ve now learnt that these activities can be done remotely.”

Try:

  • Google Meet or Google Hangouts. Anyone with a Google Account can create a video meeting, invite up to 100 participants, and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting for free.
  • Zoom offers a 40-minute limit on group meetings if you’re subscribed to the free plan, so it’s great for short, collaborative study sessions.
  • “WhatsApp group calls can also take the place of study groups physically getting together. This type of group learning will ensure your kids are safe at home while remaining connected,” says Rabson.

#2: Set up a schedule

Something that many kids struggle with is being productive when studying. Hacks to help with productivity include keeping the study space organised, eating healthy snacks and getting enough rest. And there are also plenty of free apps available to help your kids in the run-up to the matric exams.

Try:

  • Todoist lets them create a daily to-do list so that they stay on track with their workload from their mobile device.
  • Forest is an app that gamifies the studying process with cute graphics, and encourages children to focus.
  • Instant chat 24/7 with your Personal Assistant, available for free on your Sanlam Reality app, for help with queries and to help you and your child get through your to-do list.

#3: Make use of these free resources

With technology innovating at a rapid speed, it’s only a matter of time before online education becomes the norm. “The advantages of online-based learning have been proven,” says Rabson. “They range from lowered living and travel costs to the flexibility to study and work at the same time, and being more convenient and inclusive.” While we may have a few decades to go before the bricks-and-mortar classroom becomes obsolete, there are still plenty of resources available that don’t require going to school. “There are many free resources that can be used when studying for final school exams,” says Rabson.

Try:

  • The free online video lessons for Matric from The Answer Series.
  • The Department of Basic Education has exam revisions on their channel, DBE TV, to support studying matric learners. It can be found on DStv channel 319, Openview HD channel 201 and StarSat channel 309.
  • WOZA Matrics – an initiative by Basic Education minister, Angie Motshekga – is an online portal and TV show offering learning materials and study tools.
  • Siyavula is a world-class online maths and physical science education platform for matrics. It’s zero-rated for data usage by MTN and Vodacom.
  • Telkom’s e-learning platform Lightbulb Education offers a zero data rating. The site is available to Telkom customers with an active Telkom fixed/mobile service.

As a Sanlam Reality member (excluding Reality Access for Fedhealth), you have access to the Ivy Online education platform as one of your benefits! It’s a free supplementary education platform, based on the CAPS curriculum, for Grades 8-12. Plus, you enjoy access to an online homeschooling platform with discounted tutor rates for Grades 10-12 using your benefit.

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