I know what you’re thinking as you read that heading: “Preparing for finals now! Are you mad?” No, I’m not, even though you may think I’ve just upped the ante on your anxiety for this critical year in your child’s educational journey. In fact, the opposite is true – this guide can help you lessen the stress levels as those Grade 12 Final Exams approach.
It Goes Faster Than You Think
I finished Matric in 1997, and have a clear-as-day memory of my first day of the last year of my schooling. Sitting in my registration classroom, our teacher implored us to start studying as soon as we could, and I giggled to myself at the absurdity of it. By June of that year, I could see the sense in her approach and wished I’d followed it. Don’t underestimate how quickly this year will go – the Matric school year is shorter than every other year, due to the barrage of exams, study periods and other demands, including the Matric farewell dance and other events. Being prepared for the demands of this year early on makes all the difference when it’s exam-crunching time.
Work with your child to set aside study and revision times on a weekly schedule. Working carefully through their homework, test and project demands, you should be able to carve out an extra hour or two each week to dedicate to revision. Make use of mind maps, reading for revision and note taking tools to go through the week’s classroom work and ensure your child has adequately grasped all the important concepts learnt. Grade 12 is a year where much of the learning work carries on from where Grade 10 and 11 left off so feel free to refer back to the notes from previous years during this time. If your child is able to revise every week throughout the school year, then studying for the final exams becomes a lot less daunting and way less hard work.
Study for Trials, Revise for Finals
Our education system in South Africa makes provision for both trial examinations and then final examinations, held later in the Matric year. Both are important to study for, but your child will be equipped to conquer both of them when adopting the “study for trials, revise for finals” approach. Take the trials examinations seriously, and the final examinations will be much easier to bear.
Past Papers Are Perfect Revision Tools
While you should most definitely be using WorksheetCloud to help your child revise their work, there’s another great tool for revision that’s easily accessible online – past papers. You’ll find a great catalogue of National Senior Certificate (NSC) past papers here on the Department of Education website. Not only are these great for revision purposes, but using them also helps those final examination questionnaires not feel so scary after all.