Tutor Of The Month: Rosha Naidoo

Tutor of the Month

Rosha is our December 2017 Tutor of the Month!

Rosha has been a tutor with us since September 2016. She was one of our first Readers & Scribes, and has assisted 6 learners through multiple sets of tests and exams since March this year, and has also tutored two learners. She has completed her Bachelor of Social Science, and two Honors degrees in Social Science, all at UKZN. She is currently completing her Masters degree. She volunteers at various children’s homes and charity events, and enjoys cooking, gardening and writing. Rosha is always willing to help, she is reliable and dedicated. The learners she assists during their exams and tests say she makes them feel comfortable and at ease. She always calls before exams to introduce herself and to check in with the learners she has been assisting. Rosha reads at a steady pace and makes sure the learner doesn’t fall behind.

Thank you for your hard work and the excellent example you’ve set as a concessions facilitator this year, Rosha!

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Rest, Relax & Regroup

The Importance of the School Holiday Period

After a busy year of classroom learning, tests and exams, homework, school socials, extra-curricular activities and sport, the end of the year school holiday is eagerly anticipated by most learners! It is a time to get together with their friends, sleep in, look forward to a possible family holiday and have lots of fun.

For some children, it does not take long before boredom sets in, and some may even start missing school. Many children function well with routine, and the school vacation is unstructured in most cases. The end of the year school vacation is felt to be too long by some people, not least of all parents who need to be at work and have to contend with the constant refrain of “I’m bored”. Some people believe that such a long break is bad for academic performance, especially for children who are not academically strong. If you feel that your child would benefit from some holiday tutoring, contact https://brightsparkz.co.za/ for some assistance.

However, there is a need for a few weeks break from school as more children than ever before are stressed out, anxious and even depressed. They need time away from the books and the homework to clear their minds and give their brains some downtime before the new school year when it all begins again!

There are some important elements to include in your child’s school vacation time to ensure that they are able to start the new school year energised and motivated to do well. These elements are: rest, relax and regroup.


This is integral for children who are tired out from a hectic school schedule of constant studying, sports and other activities. For the first few days of the school vacation, it is wise not to plan too many activities and let the child sleep in as much as possible. Limit too much stimulation and noisy activities for this period. A reasonable bedtime should still be followed, perhaps just a little later than normal.

Rest Recess


Once your children are well rested and have regained their energy, encourage them to enjoy their favourite activities, including being physically active. Sitting in front of the TV or PlayStation all day is unhealthy and leads to mental tiredness once again. Encourage them to “read for fun” instead of for school. Younger children can be encouraged to show off their reading skills to holiday visitors. Your children will certainly enjoy outings and time spent with friends. Encourage your children to pick up some new hobbies that interest them so they are still learning, but in a fun way!

Relax Recess


This phase involves putting the current year behind you and moving forward with renewed purpose. It is good to include this in the week or two before school resumes. Help your children reflect on what was good during the year (for example, being selected for the first soccer team), and what can be improved upon (for example, a drastic drop in maths marks). Teach them to set some simple goals to work towards in the new school year, and provide them with a nice planner or journal to use. Time management skills will be one of the most important life skills that your children will learn in order to cope with adult life, and the sooner they start learning (in an age-appropriate way), the better they will become at acquiring the skill. Children will still be relaxing and enjoying their vacation at this point in addition to “regrouping”.

Regroup recess

Returning to School

About a week before school resumes, encourage a return to normal routines so that the start of the school year is not a complete shock once again. Help them to pack their school bag and check their school uniform. This ensures that all the benefits of the school vacation is not lost on the first day back at school when you are unprepared and in a panic.

Another important thing that you can do to go into the new school year well-prepared and relaxed, is to book a tutor for the challenging subjects and get started with consistent lessons as soon as school starts.

A little planning of school vacation time will bring great benefits to your children, and be less stressful for you too!

Written by: Natalie Wilke, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Writer

Is It Worth Writing Matric Supplementary Exams?

Should you write supplementary exams?

If you have written your Matric examinations and your results were disappointing, you have an option to improve your results.  Perhaps you passed Grade 12 but failed to get the good results you need for university entrance for a specific course? Maybe you failed Matric and don’t qualify to get a Matric certificate, and you are concerned about not being able to get a job without one?  

Matric rewrite supplementary exam

Whatever your reasons may be, writing supplementary Matric exams is an option to consider. There are major benefits to do so, even though the thought of putting your life back a year is daunting. Yes, your friends may be moving on to greater things like tertiary study, working, or taking a gap year while you are stuck doing Matric work again! Yes, you can’t bear the thought of doing the same schoolwork again when you could not wait to put it behind you. Yes, you are disappointed at this roadblock in your life which right now feels like a devastating blow!

You have taken a serious knock to your self-confidence and you’re not sure which direction to follow. If you passed overall, should you give up your dreams of getting a university entrance or studying a specific field because your marks were not good enough? Should you settle for something else? If you failed your Matric exams, is it worth it to rewrite and get a Matric certificate? Should you suffer through the pain of trying to improve your Maths and Science marks? Will it really make a difference? Perhaps you were not planning to study further anyway, so why bother?

Good questions! However, you need to look beyond the here and now for your answers. Why give up your dreams if it is possible to still reach for them (even though it may be a little inconvenient now?). What happens if you settle for something else and you regret it later, or decide after a few years of working that you would like to study again but you don’t have a Matric certificate?

Having a Matric certificate gives you more options in life in terms of job opportunities, and who doesn’t like having options? You will find it difficult to find employment without Matric and even then, the most menial type of work possible. It may seem unimportant to you now as it is exciting to earn money, especially if you’re not used to having any, but it wears thin quickly if your earning potential never increases and you have to settle for anything you can get.

Although it seems like a big sacrifice to put your life on hold while you write supplementary exams, it is a small price to pay for all the years of a better future which lie ahead. It is worth doing merely to improve your options in life. (Particularly, improving on your Maths and Science marks if you have those as subjects, will allow you almost unlimited options in your study choices).

Matric rewrite supplementary exam

How to succeed in your supplementary exam

You will need to do things differently to ensure a better outcome than the first time you wrote your Grade 12 exams. You will need to be disciplined, to manage your time well, and to set some realistic study goals. Remember that a failed exam does not define you! The power is in your hands. If you feel like you don’t know how to study correctly, and you suspect that this has adversely affected your marks, try a Study Skills Crash Course. If you did not understand some aspects of the work, you will need to get some help – either enroll at a college which offers matric rewrites, or do it yourself with the help of past papers and a tutor. A highly qualified tutor will be able to offer you academic and emotional support. Your tutor has walked the path ahead of you and knows what it takes to get the Matric results you want!

Give yourself every opportunity for a bright future and consider writing supplementary Matric examinations! Book a tutor to help you now!

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Written by: Natalie Wilke, BrightSparkz Staff and Blog Writer