Matric 2020 | How to cope with anxiety and how to rewrite. - Youth Capital

Matric 2020 | How to cope with anxiety and how to rewrite.

2020 Matric students are going through a lot at the moment. In this practical blog post, we give advice on how to cope with stress, how to reach out for help, how to make plans to re-write and how to help peers looking for information about re-writing

I am nervous about my matric results. What can I do?

It’s a difficult situation, but focus on what you can control, like your breath, your senses, fun activities, meditation, reduce information intake and stick to your routine.

Your Breath.

We are always breathing in the present moment, so if you’re struggling to focus on something happening right now, just pay attention to your breathing. The air going in through your nose, and out through your nose… or paying attention to the rise and fall of your belly as the air goes in and out. It can be helpful to place your hand on your stomach as a way to keep your attention on the rise and fall of the breath. An example of a breathing exercise is Five Count Breathing.

Use the star  to control your breathing when you’re feeling overwhelmed or panicked. Follow the prompts on the star, while tracing the star on the palm of your hand. Remember, to pause and hold your breath at the points of the star, before breathing out/in.

Your Senses.

If you focus on what you can hear, see, taste, feel or smell, you’re focusing on the present moment! Try really paying attention to what you’re sensing, the next time you eat or brush your teeth!

Fun Activities.

When we keep ourselves busy with an activity, it can help us to focus on what we are doing. When we’re just sitting doing nothing, it’s hard to not have our minds wander. There are LOTS of activities you can do to help you practice mindfulness like yoga, art, music (singing, playing, listening), dancing, exercising, cleaning and hobbies.


If you like to meditate, you can try free apps like Calm. Doing gratitude and self-compassion meditations is especially helpful – because you focus your attention on the things you feel grateful for and to remind myself to be kind to myself – which can really help me feel some “good feelings”, which is a great way to balance out the feelings of anxiety etc.

Reduce Your Information Intake.

Another thing we are in control of right now is what information we’re taking in and how we are looking after ourselves. It’s very NB to be staying informed at the moment, but this doesn’t mean reading or talking about matric results all day – especially if the info isn’t all true! Find reliable sources when you looking for information.

Keep a Routine.

Keeping a routine is another thing you can control and which can be very helpful. This isn’t so easy, as most people’s routines have been completely disrupted with COVID-19, but perhaps there is a new routine you can come up with.

If you decide to rewrite your exam, try to recreate the routine you followed when doing your matric.

Where can we go for help?

SADAG are great for free help – they will be able to assist you or your loved ones who are struggling to cope. Call 0800 456 789 or sms 31393. These are other helpful numbers and this is the link to another helpful website .

Watch our FB Live on how to reach out for support

I have not passed, now what?

When the matric results come out, you might find out that you haven’t done as well as you had hoped for. This is just a bump in the road, and there are opportunities for a re-do. Before you make this choice, be clear about your why! Do you want to study further, do you want to apply for certain jobs? Your why will help you stay focused!

Make sure you reach out to your family and friends for support!

Matric re-write: when, how and why to register?

Next, register for a rewrite. You can register for a National Senior Certificate (NSC) if you are younger than 21, or a Senior Certificate (SC) if you are older. The new cutoff date to register for both is 31 March 2021.

How do I register for a re-write?

If you qualify for NSC, you can submit your complete application form at a district office. If you qualify for a SC you can either apply online or at a district office.

You need the following documents:

  • Copy of your ID/Passport
  • Copy of your results
  • Copy of proof of residence (a bank statement from your bank will do).

Applications are free.

What resources can I use?

FoondaMate makes education resources available on WhatsApp – check them out here!

Keep us posted with your experience by getting in touch – email us on   WhatsApp us. If you want to help Youth Capital share information about how to rewrite, fill in this form.

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