Dear Grade 11 and 12 learner:
Have you been studying and trying to catch up on school work from the lockdown? Are you anxious about the pre-eminent upcoming examinations with no first attempt to prepare you? Are you applying for university with not so good 2019 results? Still contemplating on what to study next year? Are you still excited about the Matric farewell? Do you feel like your final year of high school has been ruined? Well, you’re not the only one.
The past month and a few weeks of school have been anxiety-ridden and wearing. It still hasn’t sunk in how one moment we were preparing for April examinations and now we had less than two months to complete four months of school work. Similarly, we could hug our friends tightly every day and now we may not stay less than 1.5 meters near them.
Teachers countrywide have spent difficult nights preparing work for face-to-face and online teaching every day. Similarly, parents and guardians have been providing support in various ways for the past decade and longer. Therefore, wouldn’t it be fulfilling and rewarding to obtain great results at the end of the day?
Here are a few ways you can do that:
1. Plan your time wisely
Planning is a very crucial element when time is limited. There are merely days before the first scheduled examinations, or maybe even your next one, and cramming two year’s school work will not be easy. Therefore, draw up a study time table and stick to it. Use every minute to get something in. Remember to make it realistic, pleasing to the eye and motivating. Don’t forget to include some time for breaks.
2. Set realistic goals
Setting goals for yourself makes it easier and gives you direction for what you want to become and where you want to be in your life. However, we need to be realistic and practical when setting them. Start small but do not be afraid to challenge yourself.
3.Prioritise and block out external distractions
We all get distracted. Learn to differentiate between what is important and what is not. Everything else can wait. Whatever is distracting you will not cease to exist; It can wait. I, for one, am highly distracted by my mobile phone(I’m working on it).
4. Carry your baggage with you
We all go through difficulties in our lives. Sadly, we live in a fast-paced world that expects us to show up like nothing is troubling us. African child, pick yourself up, carry that weight on your shoulders and MOVE with it.Wilka Kayoko
5. Information is at your fingertips
Use all the information available to your disposal from libraries, the internet, your school and community to understand anything you may not fully understand and make sure you do. Most of us are extremely privileged to have these things, use them to your advantage.
6. Take time off sometimes
Take breaks to do things that calm you down and reduce the chances of stress (legally). Go for walks and engage with other people. Do not isolate yourself too much. Human interaction is essential.
Last but not least, adhere to the COVID-19 regulations. You wouldn’t want to jeopardize your chance of matriculating this year. Sanitize/wash your hands regularly and eat healthily.
I believe in you and I know you can do it. If you ever need someone to talk to or listen to you, do not hesitate yo contact a loved one or me.
I am eagerly looking forward to writing and reading your success story in the future.
Peace, love and happiness
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