FOR work not covered in class or quickly skimmed over during lessons, three Masiphathisane High School matriculants turn to the Herald’s Matric Survival Kit to fill in the gaps – otherwise the year-end exams might be disastrous.
Yonela Maqhutyana, 17, Mivuyo Tyutyu, 16, and Thembalikayise Saul, 17, are striving for top marks this year in an effort to secure university bursaries and scholarships.
The three, who refer to themselves as scientists and mathematicians, said the weekly supplement had become their academic lifeline.
“The kit is extremely helpful. It helps me particularly with life science – osmosis and all the other topics covered – as well as with maths functions,” Yonela said. “Sometimes the questions in our books are a bit tricky and pose a challenge, but the supplement makes things easier to understand.”
Mivuyo agreed: “The survival kit is very helpful, especially in science. When we were told we would write a common paper in March, I was scared because some topics had not been covered enough in class. [The kit] helped me practice and I was able to name compounds and so on.
“In maths, it helped me a lot with patterns and financial maths and functions.”
Themba said he was ahead of his classmates in some areas, thanks to the matric survival kit.
“Sometimes there is not enough time for the teachers to explain things until we understand properly, so the kit goes further than what is covered in class,” he said.
But they said they would love it if the supplement would focus on other challenging subjects like geography. “It would be nice to see that also covered in the paper,” Mivuyo said. – Zandile Mbabela