Prepare for exam time with some of these tips to take those tests confidently

The exam season is nearly upon us and here are some tips on how to be prepared.


Exams are around the corner and may often lead to great stress and anxiety for schoolchildren, especially if he or she is unprepared.

Kagiso Shanduka Trust, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, shares five top tips on how children can prepare for the upcoming mid-year exams.

According to a Chinese proverb, ‘Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.’ In concurring, the Trust urges schoolchildren to take ownership of their studies through effective exam preparation.

Below are some tips for children to kick-start preparations:

Committing to a study regime:

It’s important to set goals from the beginning of the year; one of these goals should be in developing a realistic study timetable. It is essential to commit and stick to the timetable. Don’t be caught cramming at the last minute preparing for an exam, start at least a week in advance.

Be a proactive participator in class and study groups:

If you don’t ask, you won’t know and will remain disempowered. To learn new things, asking questions should be your key priority. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question; the stupid question is the one that remains unanswered. Be inquisitive and curious about your subjects, you will learn and understand so much more than what is in the textbook.

Use technology and social media wisely:

There are educational chat groups available on the Internet, broadcast (TV and radio programmes) and on social media platforms such as WhatsApp. Be careful not to use these sources simply for casual pleasure, balance your usage on these platforms and monitor the amount of time you spend on them.


You need at least seven hours of sleep a night to function. Tests and exams are designed to be thought-provoking; this will demand a high span of concentration. If you are sleep-deprived, you will battle to remember your revision notes or work.

Use all the resources at your disposal:

Resources go beyond the library, computer labs and equipment. Your educator is an incredible resource that you need to take advantage of. Don’t be intimidated by your educator, feel free to approach them for additional support and resources. Keep your eyes and ears open and you’ll realise that magazines, books, educational television programmes, and even your parents and peers, can contribute to your education outside of the classroom.

“We wish all South African learners well for the upcoming exam period. May they continue to thrive and do us proud as a nation,” concluded Kaya Nyati, KST operations manager.


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