Your school career has flown by and you’ve made it to the last stretch – well done! You are probably concentrating on important work and exam preparation, and we are sure that everyone keeps reminding you how important this year is!
It’s enough to send anyone into a panic, isn’t it?
Don’t worry though, because we’ve come up with a plan to get you through this year with a few tips and a lot of motivation.
We’ve realised that Matrics have a lot of decisions to make during their Matric year, and can sometimes feel very overwhelmed with school and life.
That’s why we’ve created a Matric Series. The Matric Series will introduce you to Martin the Matriculant and Desi the Distance Learning Diva. They are the main characters, and also the voices through which we address general worries Matrics may have, as well as answering questions posted by you!
We will follow Martin through his Matric year, and through mailers and blogposts, Desi will give him advice – so once you’ve filled in our online form (if you haven’t already), you will start receiving Martin’s emails!
If you have any questions we haven’t thought about, feel free to ask us on Facebook!
We will answer your questions through mailers and blog posts – so look out for those.
Meet Our Characters:
Martin the Matriculant
- Martin is 18 and in Matric.
- He is nervous about his final exams and deciding what to do after school.
- He asks his cousin, Desi the Distance Learning Diva, to give him advice and guidance to survive Matric.
Desi the Distance Learning Diva
- Desi is 20 and has been a distance learning student for 2 years.
- She loves helping Martin and other students figure out what they want.
- She uses her experience and top-notch research skills to give advice and guidance.
Martin is a Matric student, and while he is preparing for his Matric exams, he has many questions about life after school. He expresses his worries and questions to his cousin, Desi. Desi has been studying through a distance learning college for the past two years, and knows a lot about studying after school, and deciding what to study. She gives Martin good insight on the worries he has.
We hope that our Matric Series will encourage and motivate you throughout your Matric year. We also hope we can shed some light on further education and distance learning!
As Desi the Distance Learning Diva would say, “Do something every day, and remember to take time to enjoy this year!”
Disclaimer: Martin and Desi are fictional characters created by College SA for educational purposes.
Desi's Glossary28 February 2017
This glossary contains words/terms that you will come across when you read my blogs! Refer back to them whenever you aren't sure about the meaning of a word/term.read
Desi's Final Exam Prep Recap4 October 2017
Preparing for the Matric final exams is stressful. In this blog, Desi gives 6 useful tips to help you get ready for the most important exam of your school career.read
Let’s Get Real: Failing Matric/No Money20 September 2017
It is September and the final Matric exams are around the corner. Failing Matric and not having money to study after school is a big worry for many Matric students. Desi writes about her personal experience and also lists the options available to Matric students who don't pass first time.read
The Cost of Tertiary Education in SA13 September 2017
Studying after school is not cheap. In this blog Desi does a cost comparison between the fees of the different types of tertiary institutions in South Africa.read
Types of Qualifications & Accreditation Bodies30 August 2017
What is a qualification? What is an accreditation? Do you find all this academic talk confusing? In this blog Desi explains the types of after-school qualifications available in South Africa and what accreditation means.read
Types of Educational Institutions in South Africa16 August 2017
South Africa has many different types of places you can study at after school. You can chooses between university, university of technology and public or private colleges. In this blog post Desi explains the differences between each of these institutions.read
Let’s Get Real: Exploring a Gap Year2 August 2017
Taking a gap year after Matric has always been popular, but it isn't for everyone. In this blog, Desi explores the pros and cons of taking a gap year.read
How to Choose a Career5 July 2017
What do you want to do when you leave school? Does this question make you break out in cold sweat? How can you decide now on the rest of your life? Choosing a career is a very daunting prospect, but if you use the right tools and ask the right questions, your decision may be easier. Have a look at what Desi has to say about choosing a career.read
It's Exam Time - Let's Get Motivated!21 June 2017
To study for the Matric exams is really hard and you need a lot of encouragement and motivation to keep going. In this blog Desi gives some ideas on how to motivate yourself to study.read