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Study Tips for Grade 12s

“Yesterday I was clever, so I changed the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi

10 Things to do to Succeed in the Grade 12 Examination

Study the matric timetable and start to plan now. There are sometimes two exams on one day so you will have to be super sharp and alert. Be sure to check the final timetable in case there are any changes.

There are less than 150 school days in grade 12 before the start of final exams. Start today and work every day. Set targets for achievement.

Do not miss one day of school between now and your exams. Keep healthy and alert. Listen to your teachers. They have done this before and will help you succeed.

Reading is a hot skill. Reading will change your life. Read at least 1 000 words every day. Read everything you can get your hands on. Read accurately and quickly.

Writing is power, but it requires practice. We are all judged, every day, on our writing. We can inspire, impress, persuade, congratulate and express love in writing. Write at least 400 words every day carefully, accurately and beautifully.

Textbooks are an essential student companion. Have you got a textbook for each subject? Make sure you do and that you work systematically through your textbooks. Don’t wait for your teacher to explain it all. Look at what you must cover for the year and plan accordingly.

Your BMI can help you in matric. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is an indication of how healthy you are. Calculate your BMI and then exercise and eat healthily throughout the year to keep an optimum BMI.

Academic work requires concentration and focus. Every day you should be engaged in intensive, focused, individual academic work. Turn off iPods, music centres, the TV, the cell phone and have an intensive and rewarding academic work out every day. Build your brain cells and be the envy of all your friends.

Good vibes are good for success. Surround yourself with positive, happy people who want you to succeed. Your family and friends will be important in supporting you in the next 300 days. Be grateful for their support.

Success in Grade 12 requires planning and hard work. Start planning and working today. Attend school every day. Do homework every day. Read every day. Write and calculate every day. Stick to your year plan.

How many of the items above are you doing?

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Here are fool-proof tips for success

  • In Grade 12 you will have a very full programme so you need to work consistently and not leave tasks for the last minute.

  • Pay careful attention in class to ensure that you understand the work.

  • Take your textbook to class every day and open it at the topic of discussion. Get to know your textbook really well. After a lesson in class read the relevant sections at home that afternoon or evening.

  • Complete homework daily.

  • Work neatly and accurately.

  • When unsure or in doubt, ask your teacher or classmate.

  • Attend any extra tuition offered to you.

  • Start studying well in advance for examinations.

  • Design a study roster and stick to it from Day 1.

  • Refine your examination technique; when you revise, choose questions that will strengthen you in your weaker areas.

  • Learn to plan and answer written questions clearly and systematically.

  • Study hard for all your tests and internal examinations as if preparing for your final examinations.

  • Use past examination papers for revision. Work through last year’s examination papers as well as the exemplar papers produced to assist you in preparing for your examinations. This will give you a good idea of the types of questions you can expect in the final examination.

  • Examination papers and suggested answers of previous years are available as follows on the WCED ePortal: 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • Ask your teachers and fellow learners to work through the questions and answers with you.

Try these study tips to make learning easier.


Have all your materials ready before you begin studying – pencils, pens, highlighters, paper, etc.

Be positive. Make sure your brain holds onto the information you are learning by reminding yourself how important it is to remember the work and get the marks.

Take a walk outside. A change of scenery will stimulate your learning. You’ll be surprised at how much more you take in after being outside in the fresh air.

Break up your learning sections into manageable parts. Trying to learn too much at one time will only result in a tired, unfocused and anxious brain.

Keep your study sessions short but effective and reward yourself with short, constructive breaks.

Teach your concepts to anyone who will listen. It might feel strange at first, but it is definitely worth reading your revision notes aloud.

Your brain learns well with colours and pictures. Try to use them whenever you can.

Be confident with the learning areas you know well and focus your brain energy on the sections that you find more difficult to take in.

Repetition is the key to retaining information you have to learn. Keep going – don’t give up!

Sleeping at least 8 hours every night, eating properly and drinking plenty of water are all important things you need to do for your brain. Studying for exams is like strenuous exercise, so you must be physically prepared.

Source: Department of Basic Education