Preparing for your matric exams | Western Cape Government

Preparing for your matric exams

Your matric examinations are a tough yet exciting time of your school career. Not only will it determine whether you'll proceed to your next level of studies, it will also have a big impact on your future. It's important to prepare before the exams to make sure that you're successful. 

Female student studying in her room.

The Western Cape Education Department's (WCED) Matric Support website provides Grade 12 learners with the following information and tips: 

The Matric Support website provides:

  • advice on preparing for the exams,
  • planning your study time,
  • what to cover in each subject, and
  • advice from those who excelled in the previous year's exams.
There are also other Matric support resources available:
1) Our exciting ePortal provides access to a growing resource of online content, including content relating to the Grade 12 curriculum. Browse the content via the drop-down lists of subjects and topics, or search by keyword using the search function.

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2) The National Education Department's education portal, Thutong also provides study support. Their Support for Matrics page includes an extensive variety of resources for Grade 12 learners including:

  • Self study guides
  • Links to other matric support websites

Some overall tips and suggestions to help you prepare for your examinations:

Preparation is key:

  • Draw up a special study schedule.
  • Study in 50 minute blocks, with 10 minute breaks.
  • Select fixed study times for each day, including a time slot over weekends.
  • Use the school holidays wisely.
  • Study for at least 3 hours a day during holidays.
  • Practice study skills and strategies regularly to ensure they become study habits.
  • Break up topics into manageable sections.

Design a plan:

  • Decide when you work best - for example, early morning, afternoons or evenings.
  • Pick a place where you're most productive. This can be at home, at the library or at school.
  • Select a study area where you can work undisturbed. Set up a place to study, with a table, chair, uncluttered work space and good lighting.
  • If you work well with others, you can arrange with a friend to be your study buddy.
  • How do you best remember information, seeing, hearing or through action? People have different preferred learning styles, it's best to use them all.
  • Make your studying active by using writing, drawing, summarising, flow diagrams, mind maps, chanting or teaching your study buddy.
  • Concentrate fully and try not to allow your mind to be distracted. This improves with practice.
  • Avoid last minute cramming.

On exam day:

  • Arrive early and ready to begin.
  • Read and understand the exam instructions.
  • Preview the question paper and allocate your writing time appropriately.
  • Tackle each question systematically.
  • Write down something for every question.
  • Set out your answers clearly.
  • If you feel you're unable to answer a question, don't panic or allow anxiety to affect how you answer the rest of the paper.



Matric revision videos

Here are some revision videos for you to view. You can also browse through other revision videos to help kick-start your revision for this year's Matric exams.

Physical Sciences: Relative velocity



Mathematics: How to tackle Paper 1


Mathematics: How to tackle paper 2


Geography: Climatology - Mid Latitude Cyclones


Geography: Typical exam questions for climatology 

The content on this page was last updated on 14 September 2018