It is very stressful preparing for the Grade 12 Final exams which are just around the corner but there’s still time so, make the best of it. Twelve years of school and it all boils down to how well you prepare and perform in your examinations. Your peers may have already started studying while others haven’t opened their books yet. Whichever category you fit in, below are some tips to help you prepare for your Grade 12 Final exams.
Stress levels are higher during exam periods. Instead of stressing yourself out about achieving your goals, focus your energy on revising concepts that you are familiar with for each subject. This reduces the amount of time needed to revise at the end especially when you’re tired and unable to absorb information effectively. The aim is to fine-tune your knowledge and know your work one hundred per cent before moving on. This will decrease the chance of being unsure of your answers in the exam.
Past papers (Grade 12 Final exams)
Past exam papers are available for all subjects on the internet. Download as many as possible and work through them. Make sure you download Final exams. Some things that you haven’t learnt yet will be in it. Look for similarities in concepts being tested each year. This will give you an idea of what to expect in your exam. Try and answer questions without looking at the answers to see what sections you need to work on.
Depending on what works best for you – Sometimes asking others when you’re unsure helps your understand the material better. Quizzing each other can also help with revision. What you may have skipped in your studying can be taught by your friend who found it important to study that particular section. This will also give everyone an opportunity to swop summary notes and learn together. Study groups are also less stressful, knowing you aren’t alone can put your mind at ease.
Hours of sitting at your desk without breaks can tire you out mentally. Remember to take short breaks just to stretch and keep your focus. A two-minute walk out of your study area will do wonders, it won’t take you out of “Your Zone”. TV is not a good idea, unless you’re watching the learning channel.
Make sure you have all your essentials! Pens can stop working at anytime, have a spare just in case. Stationery, your ID, transparent case, calculator etc. Having everything prepared beforehand will help you focus on the exam. The last thing you want on the morning of your exam is to be looking for stationery and being frazzled while you enter the exam. Always try and be early, at least fifteen minutes before the exam commences. Finding your seat, and reading time gives you a chance to compose your thoughts before you start.
On exam day
Don’t worry about what you don’t know and focus on what you do. Everyone has that one friend who brings up some section that you haven’t heard of before. No amount of stress is going to help you know it just before the exam. Think about everything that you have learnt and don’t try to cram information in at the last minute. You don’t want to walk into your venue confused. When the papers are being handed out relax, take a few breaths and stay calm. You’ve written dozens of exams before. This one is no different, have faith in your abilities and try your best. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Take a breath and do your best
Read the cover page and try stick to the time allocated for each section. If you get stuck, move on, don’t waste time trying to remember work. When you get to the end you can come back to that question. It may help if you circle the questions that you left out so it will be easy to see when you come back. Be sure to write the correct headings and question numbers on your script.
Revise, revise, revise
The more you revise the more familiar you will be with the work. You’ve made it so far and soon you’ll be done with school forever! Remember, revision is the key to success. I wish I knew this when I wrote my exams. It’s proven to help and all the top achievers will tell you the same. If you have any free time use it to revise. Repetition will help you ace these exams.
Links for downloading past exam papers
By: Lushano Naidoo
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