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The year-end exams can be a stressful time for children and their families. With a proper schedule and these 5 smart study tips, it is possible to sail get through the final stretch and perform well.


Nkuli Gumede, principal at Centennial Schools, shares his top five tips to help students study more effectively.

Have a plan

A study plan helps you focus on the large volumes of content you need to get through in a short amount of time. It’s not only a timetable, but a strategy that helps you allocate the necessary time each subject requires. If you’re struggling with a certain subject, a study plan allows you to focus more of your time and attention to ensure you’re comfortable with the work before the exam.

Organise your study space

 Create an uncluttered and organised space to study. This limits distractions so that you can start your work straight away. Make sure you have all your study material in a central place so you don’t have to search for it. Keep chargers for devices close by. Colour-code your study notes to access them faster. It all adds up to more effective studying.

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Take breaks

Research shows that taking short breaks from studying help you re-energise and refocus for the next batch of study material you need to get through. These breaks boost your energy levels and increase your ability to focus. And don’t overlook the power of a good night’s sleep: it can have a major  impact on your mood and grades.

Practice, practice, practice

 Everyone has their own study methods that work for them, but by consistently tackling questions and rewriting previous exam papers, you become able to practice difficult questions consistently. Over time, these questions become easier. This is one of the most important of the 5 smart study tips.

Feed your body and your mind

 A balanced and nutritious diet will not only help with your physical health, but will also support your mood, energy and learning. Healthy eating leads to better concentration and improved memory. Ditch the sugary energy drinks and salty chips, and enjoy more fruit, yoghurt and lean protein like chicken or nuts.