4 things you’re doing that might be bad for you

… and how you can fix them

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My name is Dineo and I’m almost finished with matric. The journey has been tough, but it has also been a learning process. Along the way I learnt that there are certain things that you do that might not be so good for you in the long term. I wrote them down here so that you can learn from my mistakes.

1.Never speaking up in class

Okay, this one is a tough one because I’ve always been the shy girl, but I learnt the hard way that it doesn’t help to pretend that you know what’s going on. I now know that speaking up in class is super important, and whenever I get a bit self-conscious (it still happens!), I wait until after class or during break to speak to my teachers. My older sister says this is great because in college and university, the professors always expect you to speak.

2. Not using your support system

Let’s be honest, school is hard, but it’s even harder when you don’t go to the people around you when you are down. When I didn’t know what was happening to me during puberty I went to my mother, when school or my social life felt too overwhelming, I went to my school counsellor and when I was feeling a bit sad I was able to chat to my sister. Having these support systems helped me do better in school and improve on myself.

3. Missing out on learning from your mistakes

Mistakes should be seen as opportunities for growth and not failures. If you’ve made a mistake, learn from it and appreciate it as your next step to success. When I failed my June exams in Grade 8, I was disappointed, but I didn’t feel bad for long. By the time we were in third term I was asking my teachers where I went wrong and how I could improve. I ended up being top of the class in Maths, Natural Sciences and English that year.

4. Not planning for you future

It’s always important to have a vision for yourself and your future. I’ve been writing down my visions and plans for the past two years now and they’ve helped me focus on my dream of studying medicine and my teacher told that with the way I’ve been working, I’ll definitely be able to achieve my dreams!

What are things you’re going to change to improve your life and your future?

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Improving your skills in class is never easy as it's said.You are told to be involved in class activities you are interested but shy at the sametime:the teacher will be like the is no your type you can date in here.😶

June 29, 2022, 10:25 a.m.

Hello Can I ask what age does one needs to have to br

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hi Sammy really want to help you out but what does br stand 4 please don't laugh I am new to this abbreviations thing 😗😗😗😗😘

I think I am going to change the fact that I am shy in class thanks springster luv u lots💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Hi springsters,im doing my matric this year.Over the past years i was able to express myself in class without shame or any fear,but now all that has changed.It started when i was doing my grade 10 ,i would always shy away from answering in class even though i knew the correct answer because i was scared of being laughed at or made a joke for the day.I always felt intimidated to do well in class and that is what made me to not speak whenever i did not understand the teacher or the module he or she was teaching and it was because i felt that everyone was expecting wonders from me and i giving out wrong answers will give out the wrong impression.This thing is really affecting me but i am willing to change so that i can achieve the best marks at the end of the year.

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hello Bubue We are so sorry you are going through that at the moment.It must be difficult for you.You should know that not everyone is always right and that's why we ask questions in class so that we get to learn and understand better.How about you talk to one of the teachers you feel comfortable talking to.Explain your situation to them and they will be able to help you get through all this.Talk to your teacher and let us know what they have suggested and if it is working out for you.Come back back and tell us.We hope this helps Springster.We believe in you.Just remember that no one is perfect so no one expects you to always be right.

Hello Springsters I asked if at what age does it take to become a springster ?

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Any age dear u r welcome

I have a problem because there's this strict teacher , she teaches us maths. I asked her a question about the chapter that i didnt understand. She said im disturbing her. Thats where i stopped asking questions.

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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I think you should go back to her and ask for a clear explanation. After all, it's her job to make sure you understand so don't feel discouraged.

Hi I'm here to ask for advice on my school life I failed the first term of this year and I'm in grade 12 and though I haven't gotten my second term results I have fears of not making it So I was wondering if I could have a shot of still getting into the university if I fail this term Please help

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Well I also went through these things too. Especially keeping wuiyr in class... And also I'm guilty of not planning for my future in a right way

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey BadBunny, we're happy you read the article and realised where you're going wrong. Use the tips to improve where you can so that you can do better for yourself.

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March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Reading is sometimes boring for me how do learn to read always without getting bored

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Have a time table of what I must do everyday ,make sure that I stick to it,encourage myself by reminding myself about my dream or what kind of lifestyle I want to live every time I feel like I can't do it and be positive every second during my study sessions.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Have a time table of what I must do everyday ,make sure that I stick to it,encourage myself by reminding myself about my dream or what kind of lifestyle I want to live in future every time I feel like I can't do it and be positive every second during my study sessions.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

To boost our marks,we should set study goals that are realistic and adopt study methods that suit us so that studying can be effective.Also learn to break up your work so that you can understand more easily rather than you would when tackling the whole chapter.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Im gona study to be a pilot

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Im gona study to be a pilot

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I'm going to study to be a magistrate, can u plz tell me more abt that springster?

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Guys i want to be a model but my mom wants me to be a doctor so whnnwe had to choose our subjects she choose them for me by force and she knows that im really stuggeling with maths

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Same here I don't know why don't they understand