So you didn’t get the grades you needed to move onto your next step. You’ve sucked it up and made the tough decision to have another go at it.

Congrats to you for not giving up. Here’s how to not lose your mind the second time around. Kill those exams, once and for all.

Cut out the distractions

Exam success calls for incredible levels of focus. Maybe you had too many extracurricular activities that demanded your attention. Maybe you bit off more than you could chew. Whatever the reason, simplify things by scaling back the less-important stuff.

Develop some balance

While you dedicate yourself to exams, remember that the human brain needs some breaks in order to keep going. Make sure you’ve got some healthy activities that will help you unwind. Your hobbies are what you should turn to when you feel like you’re burning out. When you return to your work, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to go.

Keep some positive affirmations handy

Motivational quotes and materials are perfect for reminding you why you’re going the extra mile. Every morning, repeat some positive affirmations to yourself, aloud. Vocalising what you want can help you build your confidence and your belief in yourself, even in the toughest times.

Become a scheduling beast

The best way to achieve success is by mastering the art of time management. Set up blocks of time for different tasks and honour your timetables and deadlines. That way, you can be sure you’re dedicating ample time to each area that needs your attention.

Set some goals and stick to them

Do you need all Grade I’s to get into that bachelor’s programme you had your heart set on? Or do you just need better grades in the subjects you’d like to pick for CAPE? Figure out precisely what you want to achieve before you start studying and slaving away.

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