During the Prelims the Matric class have had this time to get used to the procedure and familiarise themselves with their invigilator, Mrs Christine Didcott. Mrs Didcott has been trained by the IEB on all aspects of invigilation during the sitting of the National Senior Certificate. She has held this post at Silvermine for a number of years. Her insight, calm manner and thoroughness are appreciated.

385279_435645886509459_2136563925_nHaving spent two weeks with the Matrics she has some tips she would like to share with them and with their parents. She has broken the info up into a before, during and after. In this blog we will share the BEFORE tips.

  1. Eat well: Try to cut back on refined “junk” foods at least one week before exams start. A healthy diet can assist concentration. Drink water – your brain needs it to work properly.
  2. Exercise: Whatever physical activity you enjoy, running, squash, dancing, surfing, soccer, yoga-plan regular time to do this. It will benefit your mind, body and spirit.
  3. Sleep: Get enough sleep. You know how much you need to function at your best. If you are feeling stressed and cannot sleep properly, talk to someone about this. Try different strategies to see what works best for you-meditation, soothing music, lavender oil on your pillowcase. Get creative and work out what helps you the most.
  4. Time Management: Make a study timetable and try to stick to it. When you are studying, work hard! Study alone or sometimes in groups. Enlist the help of a family member to quiz you. When you aren’t working do your best to relax (see number 2). Plan a bit of down time-read for pleasure, watch a movie.
  5. Seek Out Support Structures: Remember you are not alone! Your friends, parents and teachers all want you to do well. If you are struggling, ask for help. If you don’t get what you need, ask again or ask someone else.
  6. Get Organised: Put your exam timetable on the fridge so all your family can see it. Make sure you know when you must be at school. Pack your bag the night before an exam. Check your stationery. Make sure your uniform is clean and ready-delegate this to a family member!

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