Last updated on Jan 31st, 2021 at 12:27 am

Matrics are set to begin their final exams this week. At the best of times, this can be an overwhelming period. However, with the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, this year’s exam period is set to be more stressful than ever.

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Students whose classroom and study habits have moved online can leverage technology to help manage their time and workload, access tutors, and achieve the marks needed to secure a place at their chosen university.

“Students need to be innovative in their approach to studying, as social distancing and hygiene regulations have prevented regular teaching or group work from taking place. Using the skills and online study habits developed during lockdown can give learners a huge advantage,” says Rebecca Pretorius, Country Manager at Crimson Education.

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“University admissions for 2021 are very different. Demonstrating an ability to succeed even in difficult circumstances, such as a global pandemic, can help students set themselves apart from their competition,” she says.

She offers the following study advice to matrics in the lead up to finals:

Leverage digital learning

YouTube videos, online study guides and pre-recorded tutorials or webinars can be extremely helpful tools. Working digitally opens up a variety of new resources that students may not have previously been able to tap into.

Create online study groups

Students can use video conference platforms such as Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calls to discuss homework, exam topics, and study together without having to worry about social distancing. Document-sharing platforms like Google Drive and One Drive can also be used to compare notes, and ensure all content is covered.

Find an online tutor

Even if you’re not struggling with a subject, a tutor can help you achieve top marks by providing a fresh perspective or sharing new study methods with you. Tutors can also help remotely, ensuring you can maintain social distancing.

Create a study plan

Researchers agree that students who have a strategy or a plan for how they are going to study, achieve the best outcomes. A good plan, based on your exam timetable and the volume of content that needs to be covered, allows you to manage your time. Students can use purpose-built apps on their phone or Excel spreadsheets.

Stay balanced

Looking after your mental health and emotional wellbeing is key when it comes to your ability to concentrate and succeed. Remember to take a break from your screen and the books, stretch your legs and eat a healthy, energy-rich diet to fuel your brain.

Ask for help

During difficult times, students need more help than ever – and that’s okay! If you need help studying or preparing for your exams, reach out to your parents, teachers and friends for help, even if it’s just to have a conversation so that you don’t feel like you’re on your own.

Morea about Crimson Education:

The mentoring company supports students applying to universities in the States, United Kingdom, Europe and China. They also offer regular webinars with experts, former Ivy League admissions officers, and Crimson alumni on a range of relevant admission topics. In September 2020, Crimson launched the Crimson Global Academy, offering International GCSE and A-level qualifications to South Africans students. For more information, visit www.crimsoneducation.org or www.crimsonglobalacademy.school or email southafrica@crimsoneducation.org.