Matric survival tips for parents and learners

Matric learners will today mark a critical moment in their schooling life when they start sitting for exams. A matric qualification is not only a prerequisite for college or university education but it forms a key foundation on which an individual’s career prospects can be developed. The importance attached to these exams therefore come with a lot of pressure for parents and guardians who need to motivate learners and learners themselves who carry the burden of succeeding. Here are some tips on how parents and learners can successfully go through this period of time.


Your role as a parent is a supportive one. Try to take the pressure off your child by using your listening skills, showing interest and creating a calm environment. Try to keep siblings out of the way, reducing noise in the house and watching out for signs of pressure. A walk around the block with your child is a great way to touch base, to demonstrate that you care and is an opportunity to show that you are interested in what your child is going through.

Be informed

In the Matric year, a lot goes on. The learners apply for university, they decide what they would like to study and of course they write the final exams. As a parent seek key information about application dates, career options that your child would be interested in, entry requirements for universities and bursary options. Knowing this information will help you plan better.


Learners often tend to stay up until ridiculous hours in an attempt to cram in as much information as possible. Studying through the night and depriving yourself of sleep during exam time is possibly the worst solution when it comes to effective learning. It’s far better to stick to a healthy sleep routine to enhance memory and brain-functions so that you actually remember the things you’ve been studying hard for. Closely linked to sleep is ensuring that you eat healthy so that your body is replenished adequately.

Study groups

Study groups can be helpful in assisting children who are studying the same subjects to communicate and understand better. Unlike the classroom where there is only one teacher, students in study groups can interact with one another and prepare for examinations. They get to ask each other questions, test and enlighten each other on how to understand the focus areas better. Your study group can share questions that can come up in the exam papers or use the group to post previous question papers.


For learners, it’s important to set your goals-for each subject. Ensure that your goals are realistic. Be creative in writing these goals on an A4 piece of card which you can stick on the wall in your study area. Take the time to remind yourself of what you wish to achieve, every day. This will keep you motivated.

The tips provided above if well implemented will assist both parents and learners to go through this period of time with ease.

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