The countdown is on as matric pupils hunker down and start preparing for their final exams. And with less than 100 days to go, many will be experiencing those first pangs of exam anxiety.
“Your June exams would have given you a good idea of where you did well, and where you need extra focus,” said Wonga Ntshinga, senior head of programme: Faculty of ICT at The Independent Institute of Education. “It is particularly those subjects in which you struggled, or in which you could have performed better, which can benefit from the completion of past exam papers.”
In saying this, Ntshinga mentions that there is one study hack all pupils could do with - and that’s to complete as many past papers as possible. “Writing past exam papers helps your preparation on several levels."
“In addition to covering the material you studied in a practical way, you also get a deeper understanding of how you need to pace yourself to ensure you complete a paper within the required time.
“So you get used to the stress of being faced with problems and questions in different formats and the way papers are structured, as well as deep practise applying your knowledge. You also get more thorough insight into your work, which you can’t duplicate by simply reading and re-reading your textbooks until the day of the exam,” he said.