Get Your Ducks in a Row: Planning for a successful year


One of the most important rights that is enshrined in our constitution is the right to basic quality education, which means that no child in South Africa can be denied education. With rights, however, come responsibilities. Therefore with the right to education comes the responsibility of ensuring that you make the most of your opportunity to learn.

When you have the mentality of only doing ‘what needs to be done’ you are not just letting down those who have fought to make it possible for you to get an education, but you are also doing yourself a disservice. Making the most of your opportunity to learn entails doing more than just the bare minimum for the sake of getting by or scraping together a pass. It means learning to the best of your ability, consistently applying yourself and being dedicated to your studies throughout the year to ensure that you have a bright future ahead of you. It’s all about hard work and sacrifice. You don’t want to have to live with the regret of knowing that you could have done better so here are some tips on how to achieve your academic goals.

  1. Write down your goals and what is important you. At the end of every month, revisit these goals and check if you are heading in the right direction or if you need to refocus.
  1. Time management is very important. Have a timetable that allows you see where you have to be at what time. Set time aside for attending extra classes if you need the extra help. This timetable will also help you plan your extra mural activities so that you are able to juggle both.
  1. Preparation is key! Try to dedicate at least two hours a week to each subject after school. That way you can use this time to study for upcoming tests and exams and avoid last minute cramming.
  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Teachers are there to help you reach your full academic potential. We all need extra help once a while and it’s OKAY to ask. Don’t be shy or afraid.
  1. Revise, revise, and revise! Doing revision is the best way to prepare yourself for exams because you familiarise yourself with the structure of exams and the types of questions that will be asked.
  1. Keep a healthy routine. Eating regular wholesome meals, exercising and making sure you drink enough water will go a long way towards giving you energy and helping you concentrate. Don’t forget to get 8 hours of sleep in order to give your mind a well-deserved rest.
  1. Take time to enjoy yourself. Academics are very important but having time for fun is just as important. It’s all about balance so go out and watch a movie with a friend weekend.

With the academic year just starting, we all have the opportunity to start on a clean slate and decide for ourselves what kind of student we want to be. Take it upon yourself to act responsibly and work hard to achieve your goals. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!


-Nothando Dlamini

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