Time Management Tips for Matric

Matriculants are faced with a daunting task in their final schooling year, they need to cover all the prescribed theory in just seven months and still find time to prepare for tests, exams and projects. This heavy workload is new to most matric students but schools simply do not prepare them sufficiently to deal with the stress and anxiety.

So what are your options as a student?

  1. Approach your matric year with the same ‘leave it for the last possible moment’ system…..
  2. Lose 20 kg’s by stressing your way through the year….. Who needs a gym right! ?
  3. Party your way through matric and simply buy a matric certificate next year at your local flee market…..
  4. Study 24/7 for the first 5 months and get admitted to a psychiatric ward in the sixth for a meltdown…..

As enticing as the above options seem they simply will not help you achieve the best possible results for yourself.

Your matric year is not only about passing but also about enjoying your final year as a carefree student.

So how do we achieve that goal?

Time Management

The only way to have a social life and pass your matric well is to manage your time effectively. Below are tips to help you get started.

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1. Focus for 10 minutes

Take a subject and schedule 10 minutes of study time for it. Remove all distractions and focus on the work for the entire 10 minutes. This helps you to get the ball rolling and you may find that 10 becomes 30 or 60 minutes. This also helps tremendously with subjects that seem difficult and challenging at first.

2. Break up your work

Concentrate on doing small sections of work to the best of your abilities. The first tip amplifies the usefulness of studying smaller sections by increasing your focus. So instead of tackling an entire chapter or module start with a small sub section but do that section to the best of your abilities.

3. Setup and share your Study Schedule

Let as many people know about your study times and tasks. This creates a self imposed pressure to get things done and ultimately removes the procrastination that befalls so many matric students.

4. Rise Early

Getting all your scheduled study time in early can give you a greater sense of achievement and freedom to enjoy the other things in your life. This is more important during the weekends and holiday periods, studying at midnight to catch up on your schedule will not help your concentration and retention.

5. Reward Yourself

Give yourself time away from your studies but only if you deserve it. If you’ve studied consistently during the week then take a day off to relax with family or friends. Matric is tough and rest periods allow you time to recover and regain motivation to push through, so do not rob yourself enjoy the year.

These five tips are very simple to implement and you may already be using a few of them but try to combine them all and see the results that you achieve. Studying for long hours on end will not guarantee success but concentrating fully during reasonable study time will.

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week – Charles Richards


  1. I think this could be very helpful I wanna apply this. But I’m wondering how cause I’m committed to so many things and I’m also working.

    • Hi Ntsiki, All these tips do not require that much time to implement. You may need to prioritize the other commitments in your life. Working is fine but other activities may not be as important as getting a good matric pass…..so choose wisely! All the best :)

  2. The workload can be a lot, trying to tackle here and there. I really need to improve my Math, what bothers me the most is will I find time to study for the other subjects as well or should I put more time and effort in Mathematics. I certainly agree with the 5 steps though-very helpful indeed..

    • Hi Jay, its a balancing act…. You need to decide what subjects are important for your tertiary applications ( University etc) and prioritize them slightly more than the rest.

  3. These 5 steps are really helpful indeed,my biggest threat is that i can’t hear well and iam committed to my work,thou iam not doing well i find it hard to adapt accordingly!at some point i feel hopeless!

  4. I do undestand these 5 steps and I also want to follow them…the question I have though is that should I use suppliements to improve my concentration and focus?

    • Every bit helps. Just be careful what you use though, seek a professional (your doctor) that can give you proper advice regarding what supplements are safe.

  5. I bearly know anything in chemistry and I have 22 days left till prelims, and I must study for other subjects aswell, will these steps still help me?

    • Yes :)

  6. is 63 days really enough to get ready for my exams cause maths and physics are giving me a really had tym. i dont feel im ready. is it wise to focus more attention on my maths than on my physics?

  7. i find it hard to manage my time,exams are to commence in less than a month nd yet we have a matric dance to prepare for..i just find all ths tiring and daunting!..

  8. can i be penalised for not following the instruction of writing the question number above each answer ,i wrote like this

    • That should be okay. There is a reason that your teachers remind you a million times to read your instructions :)

  9. this is very helpfull because next year i will be doing matric so i need lot of tips to study

  10. I don’t knw wat to say after all that…THUMBS UP TO ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS PAGE!!!!!


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