Keeping up to date with schoolwork

Keagan, a grade 7 learner from Johannesburg, shares his perspective on the importance of staying up to date with work and what he does to try and achieve this. He hopes by sharing this, it can help you stay up to date and on top of all of your work.

Keeping up to date with you work is so important. When you procrastinate it basically means that you leave something until the last minute. For example, if you get an assignment on Monday that is due on Friday and you do it on Thursday evening. You should avoid it because It mostly causes you to rush so you can go do something else and there could be a power outage or a problem that then makes you not able to do it.

You can avoid procrastinating by:

  • Getting organised, so you can’t do any work if you don’t know what needs to be completed
  • Set goals because the task at first may seem daunting or intimidating
  • Create schedules and deadlines so that you know what is for when and a great example for these tips is a diary
  • You should also try and get rid of distractions, like devices. And a something that is very important, take breaks

This becomes important when you study for your tests and exams. A big part of this is listening in class because then you get familiar with the work. Here’s how I do it:

  • Make a list of everything you need to learn (sometimes your teacher will do this for you)
  • Identify which work is important
  • Make study notes
  • Revise your study notes
  • Then it’s about practice – find past papers or go online and find examples and do them and practise each day

It really is all about regular practice. Every day, go through your notes and do a couple of examples. You can also get a paper or book and then write out everything you know or you can pretend to teach a “class” by talking to your teddy bears or your furniture. Some people prefer to study out of their book or textbook, and I was one of them. But when you start getting older and go to high school you might start to battle because of the amount of work you have to cover, especially during exams. Plus, the nice thing about making notes is that if you do them before each test, there won’t be much work left before the end of year exam.

Finally, take it from me – try not to study the day before the test/exam.

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