Skills To Improve Whilst Waiting For Your Matric Results

You can find more information on our Matric College website on how to improve your skills while waiting for Matric results, as you will need them at university.

Waiting for your results while doing nothing can be stressful. Try to keep yourself busy by doing something productive. The best way to do this can be by improving your skills. As you wait to go to university or college, you can be preparing for it in advance. 

You need skills in order to enjoy university or college more. These are skills that you will need while you study. To make your experience easy, improve the following skills: 

  • Writing skills
  • Computer skills 
  • Study skills 
  • Social skills 
  • Interview skills

Writing Skills

When you get to university or college, you will be doing a lot of writing. You will have to take notes in class for different modules. This includes writing in a book as well as typing on a computer. 

You will need to practise writing and typing fast. This will help you keep up with your studies. You can take this time to work on your grammar and spelling. Make sure that you know how to construct a clear sentence. 

Practise how to use a computer and learn how to type fast. This will help you when you type your assignments and other tasks. 

Computer Skills

You will use a laptop or computer when you are at college or university. You may even use this in class for presentations, class lectures, and exams. You must know how to operate a computer so that you find it easy to work on it. 

Learn the computer software and hardware. When it comes to presentation, you will create beautiful graphics because you know the software on the computer. 

Study Skills

In order to pass at university, you will need to be able to study. To study and pass is a skill. Learn to study on a daily basis. This will help you stay up to date with what you are learning in class. 

Studying daily helps you to not forget the information you have learnt the previous day because you are constantly revising your notes. Here are a few study tips you can use: 

  • Buy stationery (notebooks, pens, markers, highlighters, sticky notes) 
  • Make your studying interesting by keeping your notes colourful 
  • Create a study timetable 
  • Have a snack while you study, e.g. popcorn
  • Have study sessions with other students 

Social Skills

At college or university, you will need to have a relationship with other students. This will help when you do group presentations. It will be easy to communicate with others if you already have a relationship with them. 

Practice your social skills by communicating more with your friends. This will help you get used to speaking to other people. You may find it easy to make friends when you study at university or college.

Interview Skills

When you have completed your studies at university or college, you will start looking for employment. One of the most important things is preparing for a work interview. You can always prepare in advance. 

Below, we have set up a few questions that interviewers usually ask. Use this as a way to prepare. Here are the questions: 

  • Tell us about yourself 
  • How did you hear about us? 
  • Why would you like to work for us?
  • What can you bring to this company? 
  • Why should we hire you? 
  • What do you excel in? 
  • What is your weakness? 
  • How do you handle work pressure? 
  • What do you like to do besides work? 
  • Are you good with teamwork? 
  • Can you work under management? 
  • What is your salary expectation for this role? 

What Can I Do With My Matric Results?

You can do a lot with your Matric results, depending on whether you failed or passed your Matric. Here are your options if you passed or failed Matric: 

Failed Matric Options

If you failed your Matric, you still have options to pass your Matric. This is what you can do: 


If you failed Matric, you can apply for a remark. Your exam paper will be remarked by a professional, and they will ensure that all questions are marked correctly. This may help you gain marks. A remark costs R104 for one paper. Please note that the fee is subject to change. 


If you failed Matric, you can apply for a recheck. Your exam paper will be rechecked by a professional. They will check all questions, ensuring that you have received accurate and fair marks. The recheck costs R25 per paper. Please note that the fee is subject to change. 

View Paper 

If your paper has been rechecked or remarked, you qualify for the view paper. You will view your exam paper to see if it was marked or checked correctly. It costs R200 to view your exam paper. Please note that the fee is subject to change. 

Redo Matric 

You can redo your Matric if you failed. You can do it at your previous school or a different one. You qualify to do this if you are not over the age of 21. You will have a better chance to pass if you have a study plan. 

For someone who has been in Matric before, you will have more advantage because you know how things are done. Prioritise your time and spend it studying. Make sure you study every day so that you can obtain as much knowledge as possible. This will help you in your assessments. 

Supplementary Exam 

If you want to rewrite your final exams, you can. You are allowed to rewrite as long as you are not over the ages of 21. You can use past exam papers to prepare for the exam and make sure that you get better marks this time around. 

The supplementary exams are available through your school and the Department of Basic Education (DBE). 

Passed Matric Options

If you passed your Matric, that is great. You did well, and you should be proud of your hard work. You have obtained an important qualification, which is a Matric Certificate. You will be able to further your education. This is what you can do with your Matric Certificate


You can use your Matric Certificate to study further at a college. There are various colleges in South Africa that you can apply to. Matric College is one of the colleges you can study through. We are a distance learning institution. This means that you study through us from any location. 

When you study through Matric College, you experience these benefits: 

  • You study from any location 
  • Study safe from home 
  • Save money and time 
  • Study while you are employed 
  • Be in charge of your study pace 
  • Schedule your study sessions 
  • Get help from tutors 
  • Receive the study material from the college 
  • Study accredited courses 
  • Gain relevant skills and knowledge
  • Gain qualifications that are good for employment  

These are the courses you can study at Matric College with a Matric Certificate

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You can use your Matric Certificate to study at university. There are various universities in South Africa that you can apply to. Keep in mind that you need a Bachelor’s Degree pass to study at university. Your acceptance depends on whether you meet the requirement that the university and the course you have applied set. 

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: June 28, 2022