Dealing with Matric Results Stress
Congratulations on finishing Matric! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your freedom!
However, before you know it, December will be a memory, and there is that one stressful thing that still has to happen – your Matric results.
Like Martin, many Matrics start to feel anxiety, depression and emotional exhaustion during this time, and it is important that you talk to your family or a counsellor if you are feeling this way. They can help you get through this difficult time with valuable advice and support.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with Matric results stress:
- Don’t rely on the newspapers, get your results from your school or check on the Department of Basic Education’s website. Newspapers can make printing errors, and it can cause unnecessary anxiety.
- If you haven’t passed, make sure you speak to your school immediately to see what can be done. You can ask for re-marks or supplementary exams if you only failed some subjects. You can also consider the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance programme. Click here to learn more.
- The Matric exam is important, but it is still only one exam. Don’t let it make you feel that you don’t have a future, be brave and see what other options you have.
- Talking to your family about your fears is the best way to get through this time. You might feel that you’ve disappointed your parents, but remember that they love you and are proud of everything you do.
- If you want to talk to a professional, contact the SADAG 24-hour helpline at 0800 12 13 14 or SMS 31393, and they will call you back.
Just remember, sometimes stress can be healthy, and it can force us into action to consider different alternatives like thinking about other careers that might suit you or where you can study without a Matric certificate.
At College SA you only need to be 16 years of age, have a Grade 10 certificate and the ability to read and write English, to study a course. Click here to learn more.
I will be crossing fingers and toes for 5 January 2018!
the Distance Learning Diva
Disclaimer: Martin and Desi are fictional characters created by College SA for educational purposes.