Interviews and Webinars

Parents’ Guide to Matric Support

Oct 08, 2020
Parents' Guide to Matric Support

Passing matric is a team effort! SACAP hosted a webinar to provide expert advice and a Parents’ Guide to Matric Support.

Preparing for matric exams is stressful at the best of times, but for those facing their finals in 2020, it is particularly tough. However, research shows that there is a lot that parents and guardians can do to keep the studies – and household – on track.

Gold Star Tips for Parents of Matriculants

Watch our experts outline these emotional tips, tools & study hacks as well as answer parents’ questions in a live Q&A session.

How to help during these testing times

Our expert speakers put together a resource pack providing parents with a practical support guide. This guide provides emotional support tips, teenage depression indicators and even ways to assist with studying!

Study support strategies to achieve success

Registered Counsellor and Educator at SACAP, Esmarie Cilliers, outlines practical advice for parents to assist their matriculant during their study time:

  • Create an atmosphere conducive for studying. Parents can help their child set up their study space in a room with sufficient light, air and the right temperature. In addition, fostering a silent space during study blocks.
  • Encourage matriculants instead of threatening them. Parents should praise the effort and hard work that students are putting in.
  • Provide positive feedback on good choices. Like turning down an invitation to a party when it collides with their study timetable.

The impact of emotional well-being on performance

“The reality is, that burnout, anxiety and depression are common within the teen years,” says Counselling Psychologist, Lauren Martin. According to Lauren Martin, helping matric students to function with their natural uncomfortable emotions is important and healthy. Download the Parent’s Guide to Matric Support resource pack below for 7 practical tips for parents.

A parents’ help guide to teenage depression

What do we understand by burnout, anxiety and depression?

  • Burnout: fatigue or exhaustion or lack of enery.
  • Anxiety: intense worrying, being afraid to fail, wanting to belong and fearing rejection.
  • Depression: withdrawal, hopelessness and intense sadness.

Dr Diana De Sousa, Research Psychology and Registered Counsellor, provided parents with a guide to recognising the signs and symptoms of depression in the resource pack.

Support for Success!

Download the Parents’ Guide to Matric Support with tips, tricks and help line contacts to assist parents ensure the absolute best for their matriculants.

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