A collective groan will almost be heard across the country, when high school learners start their exam prep this year. The exam period can be a stressful and exhausting time for all learners, whether they are studious, fidgety, the class clown or the kid at the back of the crowded classroom.
“For most learners, exam prep is a good way to find out what you don’t know!” says Mrs Khumalo, parent and teacher from Umlazi, KZN. “Because it’s impossible for teachers to cater to every individual’s learning style, learners have to take things into their own hands at some point – there will always be revision to do.”
Learning styles refers to the way in which people absorb and learn new ideas, content and skills. In an ideal world, everyone would learn the same way, and certainly the outdated “chalk-and-talk” method of teaching that is favoured in most countries caters to this ideal. However, the reality is that people have different ways of learning. Sharmlla (17) from Gauteng has struggled to keep up with her classwork. “I always felt like I was a step behind the teacher and the rest of the learners,” she told us. “But then I did some research and realised that it was because I don’t learn properly when the teacher is just talking and writing things on the board. Now I squeeze a stress ball in class, and I always make sure that I’m taking notes during class –it gives me something to do, which helps me to absorb the information better.”
We hear similar sentiments over and over again from learners all over the country. That’s why we have come up with a solution: a study guide that contains all of the content and skills necessary to ace exams, with suggestions catering for individual learning styles thrown in. That way, learners can revise at their own leisure and in their own style:
If you prefer magazines to books, write words out to check your spelling and remember people’s faces but not their names, you might be a visual learner.
If you are distracted by noise, remember people’s names but not their faces and love to sing in the shower, you may be an auditory learner.
If you love crime thrillers, fidget constantly and are self-taught when it comes to using gadgets, then you may be a kinaesthetic learner.
The Ace it! study guides are available in most major subjects across Grades 8 to 12, and they are both CAPS and IEB aligned. We’ve also made sure that they are available in both English and Afrikaans. So, no matter what textbook you currently use, Ace it! study guides can help you to revise and prepare for your exams.