When the Pretoria News caught up with her she said her calm state of mind was due to knowing how it would turn out: she would score the “usual marks” she had received last year at Maragon Mooikloof. She hoped to get seven distinctions.
She was not nervous but smiling, saying she knew what she wanted - to achieve top marks. Her extreme dedication had never failed her, she said.
The 18-year-old from Silverwoods Country Estate said time management was essential in paving the road to her bagging top matric results, as was handling her emotions well, without breaking down. But, she added, assignments were a big hassle for her.
“Time management is very important with regards to producing good marks in exams. Because I like to do other things too, I had to make sure I had time to study for all my subjects, obviously putting time and effort into what I had to do. I live by the moral of what you sow is what you reap it does not help to do everything and struggle with trying to keep your head above water.” Van Zyl wants to become a physicist, a dream she will see through.