Grade 12 Usefull Information

Ace  Your  Matric

Choose  The  Right  Tertiary

Pre-Tertiary  Tips

Did you know? You can access past Grade 12 exam papers


Preparing for your matric exams requires some fore planning and practice. Of all the things you can do to get ready for your final exam, practicing matric past papers is the best way to get good results. There are matric papers dating back to 2008 providing enough scenarios for you to go through to prepare. This method will increase your confidence and if repeated often is a sure-fire way of guaranteeing success.


How to prepare for Matric Finals using Past Papers


  • Set aside 3 hours to do one paper over the weekend, time yourself and mark your script to see how much you know.
  • Compare your answers closely to the memo, if you can clearly see where you have gone wrong well done, but if not you need to go through it until you understand.
  • Repeat this process until you write your final matric paper.


The benefits of studying Past Exam Papers:


  • Helps you gauge likely exam length
  • Establishes number of choices provided
  • Shows typical number of questions
  • Assists with practice of exam techniques
  • Identifies key subject areas to focus on in revision
  • Identifies style of exam questions
  • Allows you to practice how much time is required for each question
  • Helps gauge most likely topics and questions to be asked
  • Improves time management

What to look out for when choosing a tertiary provider?


It must be noted that some colleges are not legitimate and students should know what to look for. Dr Coughlan says prospective students can do the following checks. All private higher education institutions need to be registered with the Department. Any credible campus must be able to show you a certificate to that effect, which details the campus, provider and qualifications. All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education – if they are not accredited they will not appear on the certificate referred to above. All qualifications must be registered on the NQF by SAQA and students should ask for the SAQA NQF identity numbers.


Making the most of Open Days


Watch out for open days during the year and ensure you attend these to find out about the tertiary institution you are interested in. Some important questions to ask are:


  • What marks do you need – and can you still get a place if you don't quite get the marks?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • Can I apply for more than one course?
  • How do they select which candidates to make offers to?
  • What do they look for in your application and personal statement?
  • Can they recommend any reading or activities to inform your personal statement?
  • Do they hold interviews or is selection based solely on your marks?
  • How do they feel about gap years and deferred entry applications?

Pre-Tertiary tips

So now that you have graduated from high school, you are now  preparing to choose a career path that will bring you closer to your  dream  career. This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in your life, and perhaps an emotional time for you  and your family as well, as you  may be preparing to leave the nest and start the beginning of your adult  life away from  home. Let us share some pre tertiary tips with you to make your transition from  high school to tertiary a smooth  one.


Closing dates

Make sure that you have checked on the closing dates for applications to the tertiary institution of your choice. Remember that higher education, degrees, diplomas and higher certificates are not just offered at university. You can pursue these same qualifications at accredited tertiary institutions.


Stay focused

You have worked really hard to get to this point. You are finally preparing to follow your  dreams and pursue your dream  career. Make sure that you retain the same ambition and motivation that got you here, you will need it throughout your tertiary experience.


Don't forget about family and old friends

It happens to the best of us, sometimes we get so carried away in our new and exciting lives away from  home that we forget to touch base with old friends or even  check up on things at home. Give your parents a  call atleast once a week, they will miss you.


Learn how to do your washing

Ok, this sounds out of place but trust us, you  can save  on  shrunken  and dyed clothes if you  learn how to do your washing before you  leave home. And take it from  us, soaking your clothes for longer than two days won't make washing easier. Instead it might just destroy that designer top you really love.


Guard your stuff

If you will be staying in a  commune or sharing accommodation with  others, prepare yourself for loss. Mark your  most valuable items and only take what you really need. Don't bring along that antique guitar that you  saved a whole year to buy if you  don't need to.


Balance freedom with responsibility

Now that you are finally  free to be a young adult and have some control over  your  life you want to turn up? But slow down this is really the first step into adulthood which should be approached with the utmost responsibility. From  this moment forth you will be free to be an adult, so take it easy you  have your whole life ahead of you.


Setup an email account

If you  don't have one already, set  one up. Email is a cheap and effective way to stay in touch and to send out your  CV for weekend jobs.


Learn to stick to a budget

Learn to stretch your  monthly pocket money. Make sure that you have all the essentials before using what's left for going out or on entertainment. There is no worse  feeling than only having water and ice in your  fridge.


Choose friends wisely

Avoid friends that will lead you astray, friends that are a bad influence and don't encourage you to be and do better. You are going to tertiary to get a qualification  and to pursue your dreams not to end them, always remember that.




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