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Matric: Don't let fear of failure ruin your focus

Many of South Africa’s Matric learners are approaching their looming final examinations filled with dread and anxiety, in anticipation that they won’t do very well or, even worse, fail the most important assessment in their academic life so far.

In the unfortunate event that you fail, or don’t get Matric exemption, you can complete your Matric via distance learning. This option is affordable, can be done in the comfort of your own home (which means that you don’t need to return to school), and learning materials are user-friendly and easy to understand. On top of that, good institutions will have excellent tutor support available both telephonically and online.

Another option is to only rewrite those subjects you failed, or those in which you would like to achieve better marks. That is why ensuring that you do as well as possible now will pay off later.

An Intro to N4 course is like a bridging course, as it allows you to progress to N4, N5 and N6. After completing N6, you can apply to the Department of Higher Education and Training for a National Diploma, provided that you have gained 18 months of relevant practical experience. Passing an N4 level qualification is comparable to Matric, and persevering through N4 to N5 will make you more employable than someone who only has a Matric certificate.

A vocational course provides the specific skills and theoretical knowledge required in fields such as, for instance, project management, health and safety, logistics and supply chain management, and contact centre operations. All of these courses can be completed without having a Matric certificate and via distance learning, which means that you can even start earning while you’re learning.

“It goes without saying that having a Matric certificate is better than not having one, and that your aim should be to earn your National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the best results you are able to achieve. However, for thousands upon thousands of learners, the reality is that they may not perform as well as they hoped to at the end of the year,” says Masunda.

“So, for them it is essential to take a load off their minds by ensuring they understand there is life after not-so-great results. Freeing up this mental energy and directing it towards exam prep will also ultimately make a world of difference to a learner’s performance.”




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