Written by Paulina Hambata, a 2nd Year Medical Student at UNAM.

Hi there! This has been quite a complex year, one filled with so much uncertainty. The one thing that still stands out though, is the ministry’s plans to continue on with setting the external examinations.

So, this is just a guide that I compiled with the help of former grade 12 learners across the country. They are arranged in subject order, but some tips can apply to all subjects. I was unable to get tips for all subjects, sincere apologies! I do hope that these ones will be of great help.

Also, remember that not everything would apply to you, but hopefully, it will be worth the shot. All the best!

For any other questions, you are welcome to contact me (0817115473/ phambata@gmail.com). If you feel overwhelmed or anything of that sort, we can always talk it out.
Sending Love, Strength, Confidence and tons of Perseverance!

General tips

  • Remove all distractions when studying.
  • If you are a busy person, have a schedule or drop a few activities for the meantime (be ready to make sacrifices). It is even better when you draw it according to your priorities or possibly the subject which needs most of your attention. Take caution to not neglect your subjects. Once you let one slack, it will affect your final points.
  • Take healthy study breaks.
  • Form study groups. What you don’t know others will know, what others don’t know you will know. Help each other. Giving a helping hand doesn’t reduce your chances of success.
  • Study groups are only effective if you and your people cut down on “talking stories”.
  • Use other resources when granted the opportunity (YouTube videos, online quizzes and tutorials, etc.).
  • Study in advance to avoid procrastination.
  • If you are a Christian always pray before you start studying.
  • Rest well and drink lots of water and avoid stressing and panicking
  • Learn how to love the subject. Do not hate the subject.
  • If you fail in anything, pick yourself up, continue and apply new tactics to tackle it. It can be by changing the time you study or the environment itself.
  • Give your mind some time to relax, refresh and restore. Sports and other clubs are recommendable.
  • It is very important to use flashcards, highlighters and just come up with notes of your own. This way is authentic.


  • Practice, practice and practice. Do not always wait for your teacher. This way of doing things on your own enhances your mathematical reasoning and helps you become better as time goes.
  • Always ask where you do not understand. If your teacher does not make you understand, I believe there are other teachers, and even your fellow classmates can help you. Studying groups are the way to go.
  • Use the y=mx+c textbooks, everything asked comes mostly from there.
  • Don’t study maths, rather enjoy the problems given to you when resting or at a noisy place, but if you have time, do read and practice well. That’s if you are under pressure.

English / Second Languages

  • By all means, finish your prescribed literature books and poems.
  • Understand the storyline, theme and message of each book and poem.
  • Know and understand the different figures of speech and when to use them.
  • Read as many essays, articles and stories as possible, this helps expand your vocabulary as well as improved spacing technique.
  • Last but not least, read questions carefully and identify what is required so you give correct answers and gain more marks.

Oshikwanyama/ First Languages

  • Write Oshikwanyama stories and notes, this will help with better spacing. Spacing is crucial and can cost you marks.
  • Finish your Oshikwanyama literature books and make notes. This helps make studying easy and helps you know the books by heart.
  • Know your Oshikwanyama figures of speech and learn how to properly identify and use them.
  • Read Oshikwanyama stories or notes out loud; this will help improve and boost your speaking which is very important for oral exams.
  • Lastly, share notes and study in groups or pairs. This helps you find different ways you can use to approach questions. It also helps you get more useful information that your teacher forgot or skipped.

Physical Science

  • Know your formulae.
  • Understanding is much more important than the laws and theories of the subject. You can know all of them but if you can’t apply any then you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  • Get problems with solutions provided and try the questions before looking for answers, that’s for vector diagrams.
  • Use a syllabus when you study so you know that you have met all the basic competencies.
  • Use past question papers, because some questions are repeated here and there


  • Use a syllabus when you study so you know that you have met all the basic competencies.
  • Understand the topics well. Read them more than twice if necessary.
  • Use past question papers.


  • Practice as many times as possible.
  • Ask for help and make sure you understand each topic before starting a new topic.
  • When practising, use exam-like questions (old question papers). This will help you familiarize yourself with questions you might meet in the exam.
  • Time yourself when practising, this helps with improving your time management in the exam.
  • Don’t memorize theory, read notes thoroughly and understand it. This will help you to select the right answers when you approach questions.
  • Lastly, read questions carefully and underline key words. It’s important to know what answer or method is required for each question.

Economics and Business Studies

  • Learn how to differentiate between the terminology for both subjects
  • In answering questions, use your own words, but do not leave out keywords (the syllabus can help you with this).
  • Have a list of your keywords so that you keep them fresh in your mind.
  • Don’t procrastinate!

On study techniques:

  • Sticky notes — if you are a visual learner, incorporate artistic skills to write down main aspects of topics on little colourful papers and study from them. This helps because one instantly remembers what they have artistically written down. Some important statements:
  • Explaining concepts to others — helping others when they do not understand is very beneficial because as you explain to others, you grasp more of what you are explaining.

Important advice:

  • Some things can be put on hold but your education and future can’t.
  • Always have a target or standard set higher than your actual potential. This helps you challenge yourself with your studies. Do not let yourself get comfortable with just attaining the average when you know you could’ve done better.
  • Sometimes it’s overwhelming but hey, you got this. The pressure will become intense and you will have sleepless nights. But those tough times really don’t last long and before you know it, it will be over. So don’t give up halfway. Again, you got this.

    “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

    Paulina Hambata

    All the best!!!


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4 Replies to “Survival Tips for Senior Learners – Article Submission”

  1. This is so helpful! Thank you so much, this article help push me in the right direction. I really needed this.

  2. I was struggling with completing my syllabus before my friend forwarded this article to me. Its really helpful. Thank you so much❤
    I still find it hard to stay focused and concentrate for more than 10 minutes🤧

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July 2020