Important things every matric needs to know before leaving high school

Matric finals are underway and the December holidays are fast approaching.

With the end of their final school year comes much to think about for matric learners, such as where and what they want to study and ultimately, what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

But before this all comes into play, most learners will be celebrating the end of their schooling careers with the much anticipated Rage festivals, held across the country.

Before embarking on these exciting adventures, it’s important for matric learners to start thinking like young-adults and gear up for the thrill of the big wide world.

Here is a list of important things every matric needs to know:

Personal care

How to:

  • Wash, dry and iron clothes
  • Cook basic meals, as in boil or fry eggs, make spaghetti, cook hamburgers or other favorite foods
  • Brew a cup (or pot) of coffee or tea
  • Buy toiletries

Practical life-management

How to:

  • Organise and keep safe personal and academic records (medical, insurance, academic, etc.)
  • Keep track of all Internet accounts, including logins and passwords
  • Responsibly use a credit card, including how to pay bills so that you don’t build up debt.
  • Live on a fixed budget
  • Research, purchase and/or return goods and products
  • Tip people, including how much and when
  • Handle yourself at an upscale restaurant


How to:

  • Address an envelope
  • Write thank you notes
  • Put together and use a resume
  • Write a cover letter


How to:

  • Use public transportation
  • Find, hire and use a taxi, when needed
  • If you have a car, get it serviced and/or repaired and not be taken advantage of
  • Put petrol in a car, change a tyre, understand when a car needs oil, water, air in tyres
  • Use a shuttle to get to and from an airport, train or bus station

Personal well-being 

How to:

  • Ask for help
  • Say no respectfully, and when to say yes
  • Make a doctor’s appointment
  • Deal with emergencies: medical, car accident (minor and major), weather, you name it.


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