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How to study during the lockdown & make it through matric

The Minister of Basic Education has been adamant that the school year will continue and matric students will write exams despite the growing spread of the coronavirus. There are some simple tips that you can follow to help you stay on track while studying at home during the lockdown.

Studying at home may be difficult to do during this time of uncertainty,  but you can try your best to take care of matters that are in your control. Even though you can not physically attend classes, it's important to remind yourself that there is work to be done.

Planning out your days can help you stay on top of things and can go a long way in helping you get the results you want. Here are just a few things that you can include in your planning:

Set goals

You can set short-term and long-term goals of what you want to achieve during your matric year and after your matric year. This will help you remember to keep your eyes on the bigger picture as Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has been adamant that matric students will write exams even if the lockdown continues past the initial 21 days.

Create a timetable

 Even though you are not able to physically go to class, it's always a good idea to have a timetable to structure your day. This will help you set out times that you can work and take breaks.

Get enough rest

8 hours of sleep is the recommended amount of sleep that you should get. Your sleep schedule should work with your timetable, you can also set alarms to help you wake up on time and get your day started early. 


Communicate with those living in the same space as you during the lockdown period if you are in need of assistance. Talk them through your schedule so they know when they need to be less disruptive and more considerate.

If you are able to, use social media to create group chats with your classmates and discuss any content you are struggling with. 

If you are in need of study materials and online assistance, the Department of Basic Education has set up educational resources for matric students, you can View them here .


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