As the Matrix Class of 2021 enters the home stretch of its school career, having to focus on both its exams and what follows, an education expert has advised parents to help their children progressively advance each day by suppressing the noise and doing what needs to be done, regardless of worries about what may happen.
“The end is finally in sight for undergraduates, who now need to stay as focused as possible during exam time, to ensure they get the best possible grades to enable them to progress successfully beyond of grade 12, ”said Peter Kriel of the Independent Institute. education.
But he says many students remain worried about whether they will give the best of their ability, if there might be more surprises this year in terms of unanticipated disruptions – whether related to exams or events. external – or what they’re going to do. next year… Should they register to continue their education or wait and see first what the environment looks like in February 2022?
All of these thoughts can distract matrics from what is most important now – focusing on their finals, Kriel noted.
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“Sadly, over the past two years our children have had more than the regular share of concerns that upper secondary learners normally face, and this has had an impact on how decisions about the future are taken. In particular, foresight has taken a hit, with many parents and students taking a wait-and-see approach. This is because significant weight is given and allowances are given to future potentials, which can lead to anxiety, loss of concentration and paralysis of analysis. As parents, it remains important to provide guidance and certainty in this regard, so that children can move forward and plan for the future, keeping in mind that flexibility and resilience may still be needed, ”Kriel said.
Some of the concerns that must be dispensed with to ensure that matrics can focus only on their exams are:
CONCERNS ABOUT PERFORMANCE AND ITS IMPACT ON POST-MATRICAL OPTIONS
“Now is the time to put all your attention into doing the best you can, until the very last article. Don’t dilute your focus by worrying about what you’ll do if you don’t get the results you want, ”Kriel added.
No matter how well you perform, there are always paths to graduation. Of course, the better you perform, the more options you’ll have from the get-go, but it’s important to know that if you’re not performing as well as you wanted to, there are always doors open.
These include, depending on the results, the possibility to rewrite to improve results in specific subjects, to opt for a different first qualification or to enroll in a diploma or higher certificate instead of a diploma. .
He added: “There are many other paths to a successful career besides those listed above, but the key point is that you can take comfort in knowing that there are always options and that you don’t. not to spend precious mental energy worrying about what ifs, do your best and know you’ve got you covered.
CONCERNS IF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2022 COULD BE IMPACTED AGAIN
Many matrics are uncertain about their future and cannot decide whether to continue with the education they wanted to pursue next year or rather wait and see what the new year has in store for them before making a decision.
“If we say we have to start living with uncertainty, that means exactly that. Do not wait for everything to go more or less well, because we have learned that we must keep moving forward no matter what the circumstances. Tens of thousands of matrics across South Africa are doing just that and have already registered to begin their studies next year, determined to make their dreams come true. So if you haven’t yet decided whether you should continue your education, take advantage of the time that passes after exams to explore your options, talk to higher education institutions, and get excited about your next steps. A good insurance policy is to ensure that you find an institution that is able to continue the program without interruption to ensure that you complete the academic year successfully even if unforeseen events arise, ”Kriel advised.
CONCERNS ABOUT RESULTS RELEASE DATES
“No matter when your results come in, keep an eye on the prize and do what needs to be done, no matter what. Currently, the dates are still moving, so it is possible that the results release dates will be affected again, ”Kriel said.
But he says parents should remind their children (and themselves) not to be distracted by outside noise and logistics.
“Do what you know needs to be done and keep going – progressively further each day. Don’t rely on others to tell you what to do and when. Over the past two years, those who have focused on their personal and academic growth really boosted their self-reliance skills. So don’t wait for the world to say you can take the next step now. Instead, look ahead, think and plan for your future. No matter how badly. you feel uncertain, planning for the future and moving forward is a anchor in uncertain times, ”he explained.
One way to focus and feel less anxious is for parents and students to act on things they know are going to happen, even if they don’t know when they are going to happen.
“The wild speculation about curved balls that might arise is pointless and of no use. By creating an ocean of calm and certainty about your purpose and direction, knowing that you will handle whatever may arise when it does, you will be able to successfully continue your path to academic and professional success, ”he said. he concludes.