What to Avoid When Writing an Exam

Wondering What to Avoid When Writing an Exam? We have got you covered. With all the hard work that goes into exam preparation, the last thing you need to worry about is making a mistake when writing. Luckily, there are some things you can do to put your mind at ease.

What to Avoid When Writing an Exam
Exams can be stressful for any student. But if you are well prepared, writing your next exam should be easy. This is your last hurdle. Don’t let silly mistakes that could’ve been avoided put everything at risk. Learn What to Avoid When Writing an Exam below:

Skipping Questions
Leaving a question unanswered means no marks. Make sure you read the question fully and that you understand what is being asked. Try not to prepare set answers to certain questions, as there is no guarantee that it will be asked in your exam. Rather learn your subject well.

Wasting Time
Not planning your time well during an exam is the worst mistake you can make. Before you start writing, spend the first five minutes reading through your paper. This will give you an idea of how long you should spend on each question. Use the mark allocation as a guide.

Ignoring Instructions
Before you answer any question, make sure you read through the instructions properly. The way a question is structured can tell you how you should answer it. For example, the word ‘define’ indicates you need to provide a definition. Misreading a question can cause you to lose marks.

It’s easy to panic when facing an exam. This is especially true when you don’t know how to answer a specific question. Take a deep breath and slowly count to ten. Once you are calmer, start with the questions you do know and go back to the harder ones later.

Not Checking Your Paper Before Handing in
It’s important to read through your paper once you are done. There’s always a possibility that you missed one question or feel like you can add more to an answer. If you planned your time well, you should have some time to check.

How can I Reduce my Exam Anxiety?
You’re not alone! It’s common for students to feel anxious before an exam. It takes more than just good study habits and time management to calm your nerves. You need to have a plan of action for the day and the days leading to it.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Finding a good balance between eating, sleeping and exercising is a good way to start. It’s important to keep your body and brain healthy so you can be at the top of your game.

Get a good night’s rest
Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated
Do some form of exercise, eg. yoga, aerobics
Prepare Well in Advance
Nothing causes anxiety as much as feeling completely unprepared. This is why it’s important to prepare yourself beforehand. Don’t wait until a few days before an exam to start studying, even if you are a fast learner.

Get Accurate Information
Knowing the correct information well in advance can help put your mind at ease. Make sure you know exactly what date and time you are writing, as well as the venue. It’s also important to find out what the format of the exam will be.

Arrive Early on Exam day
The worst thing that can happen is arriving late to your exam. Plan your day well to avoid having to rush to the venue. This will only add to your anxiety. Getting there early allows you to take the time to breath and calm your nerves before writing.

Check Your Attitude
A positive attitude can go a long way. Remind yourself that feeling anxious is normal and that you have done all you can to prepare yourself. If you are really struggling with your anxiety, reach out to a counsellor or trusted family member.

See more of what you should do to prepare for your exam from our source: https://www.skillsacademy.co.za/what-to-avoid-when-writing-an-exam/

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Free To Air Television Programme Launched

The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga has today launched Woza Matrics, a free-to-air television initiative that is aimed at supporting the matric learners of 2020 following the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The Department of Basic Education developed Woza Matrics together with its partners following the many days of lost learning during school closures.  While all learners have lost school time, this is most acutely felt by Grade 12s where marks are important for career and university choices and where the content to be covered is fixed and externally examined.

The Council of Education Ministers welcomed the initiative saying that it would go a long way in assisting all learners in matric to prepare for the final examinations which start in November. The CEM urged all learners and parents to make use of the platforms as it would be beneficial to those preparing for the final grade 12 exams under the difficult circumstances resulting from COVID-19.

Woza Matrics is led by the DBE assisted by the National Education Collaboration Trust and developed in collaboration with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Multichoice and eMedia Investments as well as with a number of educational content providers (in particular Digicampus, Mindset and Monyetla Trust), the Programme for Improved Learning Outcomes (PILO), and other educationalists.

The 12-week Woza Matrics campaign will start on 1 September 2020 and will support Grade 12 learners in the build-up to their final matric exams by providing quality educational content in the following subjects: 

  • Maths
  • Life Sciences
  • Geography
  • Physical Science
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Math Literacy.
  • English First Additional Language
  • History
  • Business Studies

Woza Matrics will be broadcast on SABC 3, on all DStv packages and on Openview (Channel 122) from 8:00-10:00 and 13:00-15:00 every day, 7 days a week.  It will also be available for free on the DStv Now Catch up app.   A wide-reaching communications campaign will ensure learners, parents and teachers across the country know exactly where to find the subject and content they need each week.  A link to support materials will also be made available on 1 September 2020.

Minister Motshekga noted said: “This initiative has come at the right time when we are working to get schooling back on track. Matric is always stressful, but 2020 has been filled with unusual stresses.  I want to congratulate all our grade 12 learners and their families for the perseverance and determination. It is abundantly clear that additional support is required for learners and we will continue to provide this. There are a few months left before the end of the year and Woza Matrics will give learners the support they need to prepare for the final exams.”

The Minister has conveyed a message of gratitude to all the partners and sponsors for the role they have played in the development of the programme and availing their platforms for education purposes and the focus on Grade 12 learners in particular.

“I am most grateful to SABC, Multichoice  and eMedia Investments who have so generously made their broadcast networks and expertise available to Woza Matrics; and to the content providers (including DigiCampus, Mindset and Monyetla Trust) who have shared all their excellent content with Woza Matrics; to the National Education Collaboration Trust; to PILO and Satrix which has been a major sponsor of PILO’s work on content curation; to the many educators who have been involved in making this happen; as well as to Bidvest and the numerous other sponsors who have helped fund the work which has gone into making Woza Matrics possible,” said Minister Motshekga

The Minister recognised that COVID-19 had brought unusual trauma and stress to teachers, learners, and parents.  Woza Matrics has demonstrated the benefit of broad based collaboration between the public and private sector in addressing critical needs.  The Minister said she looked forward to further collaborations of this nature.

“As the SABC, we are pleased to be one of the key role players in saving the 2020 matric year through the Woza matric campaign Education forms an integral part of our mandate, and it is for this reason that we have availed our platforms to advance the education agenda in our country. As a public service broadcaster, we are duty-bound to ensure that our content includes a significant amount of educational programmes, particularly during a period when it is most needed. Our role in this campaign is not only a social responsibility but a commitment to fulfil a constitutional mandate of delivering content that is intended to restore the dignity of the South African citizens”

Mr. Madoda Mxakwe, SABC GCEO

“We are grateful and privileged to have been invited to contribute to what is a pivotal cause. The disruption to all of our lives as a result of COVID-19 is still yet to be fully realized, but our responsibility and commitment must be to ensure that we minimise the impact on our youth, by empowering them through knowledge and skills,” says

MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video, Yolisa Phahle.

“Congratulations to all stakeholders involved in Woza Matrics 2020, an initiative that is sorely needed in a year in which normal or expected behaviour and activity have been altered by COVID-19.

The positive impact of Woza Matrics 2020 will be realised when the matriculants of this year receive their National Senior Certificates timeously.

We at eMedia, together with the Department of Basic Education, saw a need to assist our senior learners and launched an educational channel at the start of lockdown in April on Openview. We are pleased that the DBE channel on Openview will be enhanced by the content that will be factored in by Woza Matrics 2020. We wish all matriculants the best in this time and hope they benefit from the Woza Matrics 2020 content”

Khalik Sherrif – eMedia Investments CEO

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