The College SA Matric Series

Hi Matrics!

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!

Meet Our Characters:

Martin the Matriculant

Martin Matric Series

  • 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 MatricSeries

  • 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.

The Story

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.

From Us

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.




Let’s Get Real: Exploring a Gap Year

2 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.


How to Choose a Career

5 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.


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.


Desi's Exam Prep Recap

7 June 2017

Don't wait until the last minute to study for your exams. In this blog, Desi recaps some great exam prep tips to help you through the June Matric exams.


Courses offered by College SA: Part 2

24 May 2017

This is the second part of Desi's careers blog. In this blog, you will learn more about Bookkeeping & accounting, Business Management and IT.


Courses Offered by College SA: Part 1

10 May 2017

What are HR, OHS and Technical/Engineering courses about? This blog talks about these courses and possible careers in these fields. 


Introducing Distance Learning & College SA

26 April 2017

Desi introduces you to distance learning and College SA. She explains how it works and why it may be a great choice for you.


Exam Prep Advice and Past Papers

12 April 2017

In this blog, Desi gives some good advice on study habits and how to prep for the exams. We also share a link to past Matric exam papers that you can use for practice.


Let’s Get Real: Fear of The Unknown and Fear of Failure

29 March 2017

Sometimes worrying about the future leaves us unable to act in the present. This blog post suggests ways to overcome fear of failing and worry about what your future will be like.


Desi’s Matric Survival Guide

16 March 2017

Worried about Matric? Read how Desi's top tips will help you survive your Matric year.