Danielle Garrett
Pretoria Moot Rekord

The finish line in sight for matric learners of the class of 2018 but with that comes the fear of failure.

Cindy Glass, co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says this fear of failure is not conducive to learning, and leads to a vicious cycle.

Cindy has the following tips to ensure matric exam success:

1. Work out a study schedule

Create a study calendar to plan your studying schedule for each day. You must tick off each completed task as you go, this will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

2. Set your goals for each subject

Ensure that your goals are realistic. Be creative in writing down these goals which you can stick on the wall in your study area. Take the time to remind yourself of what you wish to achieve, every day. This will keep you motivated.

3. Work off past exam papers

Working through past papers (and using the memos to check that you are on the right path) will ensure that you are ready for the actual exams. Past exam papers are key to effective exam preparation.

4. Divide your work into pieces

Looking at the enormity of all that needs to be done for the exams can be overwhelming. Use your calendar to break this big task into smaller, more manageable, bite-size pieces. Be consistent and hold yourself accountable for making sure that you cover the work needed.

5. Create a comfortable workspace

Ensure that you have a designated space to study. A small desk, a comfortable chair, good lighting and the stationery that you will need must be in place before you begin.

6. The best way to study is to put pen-to-paper

You are seven times more likely to remember information if you write it down. Again, focus on past exam papers. Write down the answers and practice the areas you are unsure of, in writing.

7. Look after yourself

This is a time to eat healthily, exercise, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.

8. Avoid distractions

Be self-disciplined and switch off your cellphone. Remember that you honour yourself by being intrinsically motivated and disciplined.

“Matric exams need not feel like an insurmountable task. Don’t look backwards. Start working towards achieving the best that you can. Trust yourself and know that you can do this,” Glass concludes.

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Let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons:

A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is key. You must be easy to follow!

Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice he’s calling to his friends to join in. It takes guts to be a first follower! You stand out and brave ridicule, yourself. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.

The 2nd follower is a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well. Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.

A movement must be public. Make sure outsiders see more than just the leader. Everyone needs to see the followers, because new followers emulate followers – not the leader.

Now here come 2 more, then 3 more. Now we’ve got momentum. This is the tipping point! Now we’ve got a movement!

As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you’ll see the rest who prefer to be part of the crowd, because eventually they’d be ridiculed for not joining.

And ladies and gentlemen that is how a movement is made! Let’s recap what we learned:

If you are a version of the shirtless dancing guy, all alone, remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals, making everything clearly about the movement, not you.

Be public. Be easy to follow!

But the biggest lesson here – did you catch it?

Leadership is over-glorified.

Yes it started with the shirtless guy, and he’ll get all the credit, but you saw what really happened:

It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader.

There is no movement without the first follower.

We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

© 2010 Derek Sivers

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