If you missed or failed one or more of your matric exams last year, this year’s supplementary exams are your chance to improve your results or complete outstanding results. Here’s how to prepare for them.

Make sure to apply on time

Make sure you’ve applied for your supplementary exams on time, otherwise you may miss your chance to do them. The new supplementary exams will now be available during May/June of this year, and the closing date for applications is the 31st of January 2020.

When applying, you’ll need to fill out a form and provide documentation to prove your reasons for applying. Be sure to include everything that has been asked for in your application, and ask a trusted adult such as a teacher or parent to help you with this process if you get stuck.

Make a plan

Next, it’s time to make a list of all the subjects you’ll be re-writing, and evaluate what your weak spots are for each. Make a plan based on your study notes and exam breakdowns from last year. Identify any sections that you may need additional help with.

This is also the time for you to create a study timetable for yourself. Plan out when you’ll be studying which subjects, and how you’ll go about tackling each section.

Gather resources

Useful resources such as study notes, online resources and most importantly, past papers will help you prepare for the supplementary exams. You can download the latest matric past papers for free from our Downloads section and these other sites. Also, be sure to check this article out for free online resources that can help you prepare.

Find a tutor

If you’re able to get access to tutoring, either privately, at your school or even online, it’s a good idea to do so. Tutoring can help you prepare by giving you the chance to revise and re-visit some of the challenging sections for each subject. It’s also an opportunity to work with and get feedback from someone with knowledge and experience. To find online tutors, check out this article.

Get started

The sooner you start preparing for your supplementary exams, the better. Remember that your past setbacks don’t have power over you anymore. From here, it’s up to you to make the best of your situation and work hard for the future you’d like to achieve.

You’ve got what it takes to do well in these supplementary exams. Work hard, prepare well and you’ll be sure to do better! For more information on the 2020 supplementary exams, visit this site. Good luck!

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