Why grade 11 is as important as matric

Why grade 11 is as important as matric

Date Published: September 18, 2020

Grade 11 students should not underestimate the importance of being in grade 11 as grade 11 is one of the most important years in your high school life. Here are a few reasons why grade 11 is as important as matric. 

How important is grade 11 compared to matric

People often place a lot of importance on matric, forgetting that grade 11 lays a solid foundation for your matric year.

Put your best foot forward

Putting your best foot forward in grade 11 means that you will have a range of options once you leave high school. It is important that you use your grade 11 year to work hard and find out which study methods work for you.

This way, you will realize your full potential which will allow you to succeed, not only in grade 11, but in your matric year as well. 

Use your results to strategise

When you get your grade 11 results, you get the opportunity to see how you have performed and which subjects you need to work on. You get the chance to use your results and your experience of your grade 11 year to plan out your grade 12 year.

Your results will also guide you in planning your life after grade 12. Students can use their holiday time to consult with career experts, conduct their own research on different career paths and self-reflect on their goals for the future.

Sort out the university admin

On many occasions, students wait for the last minute to decide what to study and where to study after matric. It is important that you start doing research before your matric year. This way, you will be able to focus on studying without any additional stress. 

Why it pays to take grade 11 as seriously as matric?

Opportunity to experiment

Now more than ever, you have the opportunity to explore different study techniques and coping methods. You can try out different study methods such as study groups, mind maps and online resources.

Experimenting with different methods will allow you to start grade 12 on the right note as you will already know what works best for you.

A chance to carefully evaluate post-matric options

“Matric is not a year-long event, but rather a two-year long project. If you start applying your mind to your final exams right now and take the long view coupled with a strategy, you will be able to deliver your absolute best when you sit for your finals in a year and a half’s time, and improve your chances of being able to follow your dream after matric.” – Dr. Felicity Coughlan 

Assessing your grade 11 results, allows you to make better decisions about what and where to study after matric. Dr. Felicity Coughlan, the director of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) says that it is important that people start working out their points for higher education entrance from the time they are in grade 10. 

Exam focus

Grade 11 exams are set to prepare students for grade 12. Taking your exams seriously in grade 11 will help you understand how you are doing and how ready you are for matric.

What to expect in grade 11?

Here’s what you can expect from your grade 11 year:

Term 1

Tests, projects and learning many new concepts

Term 2

A few tests, JUNE EXAMS and possibly a few assignments. It is important that you fully prepare for your June exams.

Term 3

Tests, assignments and combining work from term 1 and term 2.

Term 4

Final exams! These exams are very important because you will be using your grade 11 final results to apply.

Grade 11s: what you should do now to ace matric next year

Revise daily

By simply revising your work at the end of every school day, you allow yourself to understand your school work. Revision gives you the chance to work on what you do not understand, instead of trying to memorize everything out 2 weeks before the exam.

Understand your subjects choices and their impact on your answers

It is normal for you to feel different about your chosen subjects. Who you thought you were when you chose your subjects could be totally different from who you are now.

Luckily, you still have time to do research on different careers. Make sure that your subject choices are still in line with the career you want to do.

Use your "downtime" wisely

Whenever you have free time, it is important that you use it wisely. As much as studying is important, it is important that you give yourself time to take care of your wellbeing.

How to do grade 11 like a pro?

Plan your year

You need to know when all your tests, exams and assignments will take place. This will help you fit everything into your study schedule. A study schedule will help you manage your time effectively.

For more on how to plan your study schedule and tips on how to prepare for your exams, click here


You need to take care of your wellbeing by exercising! Exercising will help you to focus and gain more Information. Exercising has multiple benefits for your health, the healthier you are, the better you will perform in your studies. 

Study smart

The trick is in studying smarter, not longer, nothing good is going to come out of study 24 hours a day. Make sure you plan your time according to your personal schedule.

Spend more time on the subjects that you struggle with, get help from your friends and your family to keep you accountable for your studying.

Author: Omega Fumba 

Published: September 22, 2020


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