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### Matric exams 2018! Here's all you need to know

The matric 2018 end-of-year exams start Monday, 15 October. But first, the mocks are here! We've compiled all the information to help you get through them.

### Download past matric exam papers here: now updated to include Feb 2018

Here's a list of all the matric subject pages, where you can find old NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008.

### How parents can help schools become more inclusive, according to Nabeel Allie from 'A School Where I Belong'

A School Where I Belong, recently published by Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg and Johnathan Jansen, shows a way forward in creating transformed and inclusive South African schools.

### How playing on swings can help children understand physics

Instead of having learners sit in the classroom all day, take them outside to experience the real world. You'd be surprised at how many theoretical physics concepts they can learn, like that of velocity and gravitational potential energy, by simply playing on swings.

### Sole searching: Kids' white tekkies for school

Many South African schools make white tekkies compulsory for physical education and school sporting activities. White. Parents up and down the country have been searching for the most affordable options, seeing as we need to buy at least one pair per child per year. So here are some of the white tekkie options available in stores and online, and tips for keeping those babies clean!

### WATCH: Embracing dyslexia: A father shares his son's struggle with the frustrating disorder

In 2008 filmmaker Luis Macias learned that his 8-year old son, Alejandro, was dyslexic. This documentary tackles the issues surrounding dyslexia like no other.

### WATCH: An easy way to teach your child the basics of fractions if they're a visual learner

Maths isn't easily understood but the trick is to teach your child according to their learning style. Here's a fast way to teach your child the basics of fractions if they learn best visually.

### Does helping your child with homework hinder their progress?

No parent wants to see their child struggling but that's exactly what sets them up for future success, say experts.

### Insider tips to get into some of SA’s top schools

We spoke to the principals and staff of a few of SA's top schools to find out how you can go about the admissions process and get your kids in without any fuss.

### Class of 2018, follow us on Instagram @parent24learn for all the exam resources you'll need!

You're going to want to search, follow and share this one – we've just created an Instagram account @parent24learn with every resource you'll need to push through your matric mock and final exams.

### Why studying in the humanities faculty is more valuable than ever

We don't need specialists anymore. Problem-solvers who’ve studied a variety of subjects and tried different ways of thinking are in demand. So isn't it by time we shift our thinking about studying in the humanities faculty?

### Tough questions you need to ask if you don’t agree with your child’s study choice

You may not agree with your child's study choice because it's not what you had in mind for them, but times have changed and there are so many new and viable career paths and subsequent study choices available to them. So here are the tough questions you need to ask before completely disregarding their first choice.

### What SA schools should teach: "Teachers should teach academic knowledge, not replace parenting"

We received tons of comments from readers about the "15 things that should be taught in SA's schools" article. Here are some of the ones that stood out.

### Maths made easy: Explaining functions

In this article, we look at some great resources that explain the maths concept of functions really well.

### 15 things that should be taught in SA's schools

Somewhere between all the letters and numbers, children should be taught valuable lessons and skills they can actually use in their daily lives, ones they'll carry with them for a lifetime. Here's a list of things I feel should be incorporated in the school curriculum.

### The hidden agenda of school dress codes

Girls are often the target of moral dress codes, like "no tank tops" or "no spaghetti straps". These strict dress codes goes far beyond "school rules" but instead, underlying issues of societal and cultural norms regarding gender, sexual identity, faith or systemic discrimination. There is space for teaching kids about decorum and etiquette, but let that not be clouded by sexism, rather let the same rules apply to all.

### All the right moves: SA's chess siblings on winning, Bollywood and Darth Vadar

South Africa saw two sets of siblings making us proud at the continental chess championships this weekend. We chatted to the twin brothers and two sisters about their major achievements.

#### Primary school

Maths doesn't have to be an inaccessible, boring subject. Make maths fun, make it about real life, feed kids' curiosity, and it will capture their attention – and imagination.

### The 6-step PROVES method that will guarantee you kick mocks and finals in the butt!

With mocks just around the corner and finals in two months time, now's the time to up the ante. But we've got a study method that will help you revise without completely burning out.

### Do you want to study arts and humanities but your family is against it? Read on

Yes a career in arts and humanities is a viable option! If that's where your passion drives you, seriously consider it, despite pressure from your family.

### South Africa's universities and colleges: contact details

Deciding where to study after matric is exciting – and potentially confusing. Here we list nearly 200 tertiary institutions in South Africa to kick-start your research.

### Why are SA's youth not going to TVET colleges?

Despite a government target of seeing 2.5 million young South Africans enrolled at TVET colleges, less than 800 000 students are currently registered. Compare that with the country's nearly 1 million university students, and the big percentage of youth not attending any tertiary institutions, it's clear that there's work to be done.

### This dad rewrote the report of his daughter with austism and we are in tears

When his daughter came home in tears with a disappointing report card, Shane Jackson did what any good parent would: he gave her a new, and improved, one.

### Schools must equip learners to use credible websites as resources

Learners must be vigilant and aware of the agendas of their sources, especially when doing history research, and not fall for fake SA news sites that incite fear and hatred. And when it comes to international history, we must teach them to look out for some US alt-right "news" sites which have very specific beliefs, including white supremacy and holocaust denialism.

### South Africa's unemployed youth face a new threat: technology

With emerging technology, semi-skilled youth face a threat as jobs are becoming more technologically charged. What can be done to make sure that our youth are competing on a global level?

### YOU Classroom: school projects sorted!

YOU magazine's excellent educational content is available online, making homework an easy, fun exercise for parents and kids. Here you can buy, at a minimum price, expert articles on curriculum-based topics for school projects (or simply if you’re curious about a particular subject). The shop is easy to use and is totally safe – start searching and downloading now!

### 4 local apps making school admin, transport and finance easier for parents and teachers

Yes, that shiver down your spine at the sound of the words "school", "admin", "transport" and "finance" in the same sentence is normal, but these apps just made it a whole lot simpler.

### Can ADHD or autism be a gift? Yes! It's in the way we look at it

Can ADHD be a gift? What about austism? Well, maybe. It's all in the way you look at it.

### Study memes part 2: Brace yourselves – winter is here!

We're already well into both school and university exams. So we thought we'd cheer you up with a few memes because we know just how stressful exam time can be.

### Want to study like SA's top students? Here's their advice

Four winners from the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards reveal their formula to achieving some of the top scores in the world.

### School exams: study guides, practice papers and great advice. You're welcome!

Whether your Grade 4 is writing exams for the first time, or your matric is gearing up for the big finals, exam-time can put lots of strain on the family. We've rounded up great study resources and tips to help your child through the next two weeks, intact.

#### High school

Deciding on what subjects will best help them achieve their future goals might be too heavy an approach for your teen. Instead here are four easy questions to get them thinking about their future without freaking them out.

### "Great to know where you come from but no idea where you're going" – readers respond to replacing Life Orientation with History

We recently published an article about the Department of Basic Education's decision to scrap Life Orientation and make History compulsory from grade 10-12. Our readers felt, however, that making History compulsory is not viable considering our standard of education, and teens truly need the skills taught in Life Orientation.

### The importance of high school mid-year exams

No matter what grade your child is in, mid-year exams are very important and can help them practise and evaluate subjects they need to improve on.

### “A life with Down syndrome can be as full and exciting as any other”

Actor John Franklin Stephens spoke to the United Nations, advocating for people with Down syndrome, and had everyone in the room smiling, laughing and – speaking from our own experience – probably welling up.
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