Cape Town - The period between the last exam paper and the release of matric results are some of the most anxiety-inducing, nail-biting weeks of school-leavers’ lives. What should be a period of rest and relaxation as young people make the transition between school and further studies, is often marred by questions about “what if”.
“It’s important to be able to use this time to reflect and look forward to future plans, but because there are so many possible scenarios that may arise from one’s matric results, this time is too often spent stressing – both on the part of learners and their parents or guardians,” says Dr Gillian Mooney, Dean: Academic Development and Support at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.
“Instead of stressing, now is the time to consider what you can control and to let go of what you cannot control. For example, the exams are over - you cannot change the outcome, or the exam results. What you can control is how you react to this outcome, and you can start to plan for a range of possible outcomes,” she says.
Mooney says that there are established potential scenarios for which matriculants can and should plan after writing their last paper.
“If you know what to do after receiving your results, regardless of what the outcome may be, you’ll be able to relax and regroup so that you enter the new year refreshed and ready to take on the next phase of your life,” she says.