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WC matriculants determined to achieve good marks

Around 56,000 candidates in the Western Cape will sit for the final exams this year.

FILE: Learners at an Elsies river school attend holiday academic programmes. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - With two exams written, matriculants at Zwaanswyk High School say they're bracing themselves for accounting this morning.

Around 56,000 candidates in the Western Cape will sit for the final exams this year.

At one Retreat school, learners say they're determined to achieve top marks and have even put social media on hold for now.

Past papers, study timetables and loads of snacks are among the must-haves for exams according to some Zwaanswyk High School grade 12s.

Huddled in small pockets across the school campus, some learners have formed study groups to prepare for exams.

One learner, Carlton Baron, says the trick is to start studying ahead of time.

"I've a timetable where I study at least four subjects a day, each consisting of two hours, with 15 minutes breaks in between and I think I'll do well."

Meanwhile, another grade 12 Tristan Cassie says resisting the urge to spend countless hours on the internet is a foolproof way to improve results.

"I gave in my phone, so I'm not on any social media at the moment, I don't do TV. I mostly study and go over past papers."

The group says while they do anticipate some challenging subjects like Maths and Science, they are still eyeing a comfortable pass.

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