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Budgeting for Back-to-School in South Africa’s Economy 12/01/2024

It’s back to school month and we’ve provided some money saving tips that will help you survive the annual school-prep shopping spree.

Budgeting for Back-to-School in South Africa’s Economy Every year parents face the back-to-school nightmare. This post will help you to plan and save money during your shopping process.


All around the world there is war and dissension. We would do well to teach peace to our children so the future may look like the song…


Final Matric exams are here and you just need to push through the last stretch. Education Matters wishes you the best of luck. However, luck doesn't just happen so here are six quick tips to help your survive your matric exams that won't interfere with your busy study schedule.


That’s English for you!


Melusi's Everyday Zulu posts illustrate perfectly why we should be learning each other’s languages! We are a nation who can find humour in moats things, but we would be so much stronger together if we could understand each other better! Read and enjoy

Photos from University of Johannesburg's post 23/10/2023

This is a beautiful story about a young man who did not give up on himself! Inspiring

Communication skills for control room operators are vital but not everybody gets it right 20/10/2023

Control room operators in South Africa face a unique challenge: communicating in English, often their second language, while managing a complex and stressful communication chain. But don't worry, there are steps you can take to address day-to-day communication issues.

Step 1: Identify the communication problem

Step 2: Plan a training intervention for your operators

Step 3: Create a culture of communication

Step 4: Consider seeking outside help

By following these steps, you can help your team overcome language barriers and improve communication in your control room.

Communication skills for control room operators are vital but not everybody gets it right Remember that time that you were involved in an emergency. You witnessed a car accident, or your neighbour’s house was on fire, or an intruder was attempting to break into your house. Hands shaking, you reached for your phone and dialed a number. A concerned control room operator took your call an...

Beat exam stress and anxiety with these top exam preparation tips 06/10/2023


As we approach the end of the year, December's break seems like a beacon of hope for relaxation and rejuvenation. But for students and scholars, November signifies the final stretch and the looming exams. The pressure to excel or merely pass can lead to overwhelming anxiety and stress.

In our latest blog we discuss 9 tips that will help you conquer exam stress and pave your way to success. Let's dive in with a list of our 9 tips!

1. Understand that exam stress is normal.
2. Study Breaks: How Often Should You Take them?
3. Switching between study tasks
4. Get enough sleep.
5. Exercise regularly
6. Nutrition for Success
7. Create a study schedule and stick to it.
8. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
9. Stay positive and focused.

On exam day, maintain a positive mindset, arrive early, eat a healthy breakfast, and focus on one question at a time. Breathe deeply, stay calm, and don't hesitate to ask for help if needed.

Invest in your academic success with Education Matters. Whether you're a school learner or a university student, we're here to support your goals. Don't let exam stress hold you back—connect with us for personalized assistance. You're not alone; together, we'll achieve your academic aspirations.

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Beat exam stress and anxiety with these top exam preparation tips As the end of the year approaches, everyone starts to look forward to December. December marks a well-earned break and a chance to re-calibrate and start again refreshed in the new year. But we are not quite through the woods yet! November brings the final stretch for students and scholars alike. Wh...

The Benefits of Learning a Local Language 25/07/2023

We are celebrating the adoption of our 12th official language, South African Sign Language. In our latest blog we discuss the six benefits of learning a local language.

A must for expats, embassy staff and students visiting South Africa.

South Africans can also benefit from adding another local language to their repertoire!

Click the link below to read the blog.

The Benefits of Learning a Local Language What are the benefits of learning a local language? Here are six benefits to learning a language: Languages break down barriers. Languages assist in developing cultural understanding. Local language gives you a professional advantage. Language skills enhance personal growth. Language opens the doors...



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Don't envy!

• Someone graduated at the age of 22, but waited 5 years before securing a good job.

• Someone became a CEO at 25, and died at 50.

• While another became a CEO at 50, and lived to 90 years.

• Someone is still single, while someone from his school group has become grandfather.

• Obama retired at 55 & Trump started at 70.

• Everyone in this world works based on their time zone.

• People around you might seem ahead of you & some might seem to be behind you.

• But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.

• Do not envy them.

• They are in their time zone, and you are in yours.

So, relax.

You're not late.
You're not early.
You are very much on time.



Keep following Ossai Ovie Success


Calling highly qualified isiZulu teachers that can commit to a full-time one-year project in the Pretoria area. Candidates must be able to teach isiZulu to foreign language students and be able to approach the lessons with the understanding that teaching the traditions, music, heritage, food, and etiquette of the isiZulu nation is as important as teaching the language.

Tasks will include (but not restricted to):
Level 2 competency IsiZulu.
Teaching a group of adult students for 2 hours per day for 5 days a week at the facility.
Preparing 1 hours’ worth of homework per day for each lesson.
Preparation of 2 hours of self-study work for the group of students.
Develop a curriculum for teaching conversational isiZulu in 8 different working contexts.

Competencies required of candidates:
Must be able to dedicate themselves full-time to the project for a period of one year.
Preferably have 5 to 10 years teaching experience, preferably with some HOD and curriculum development experience.
Be able to deal with high-end clients and be able to converse at that level.
Preferably have an honours or master’s degree in isiZulu.
Be self-disciplined and well-organised.
Constantly seeking ways to keep the students engaged.
Be able to teach the culture, traditions, etiquette, and heritage of the isiZulu people as well as the language.
Have own/or reliable transport and be able to arrive timeously at the lesson venue.
Own a fully functional laptop and have full access to internet.
Provide regular report-back sessions regarding each individual student.

Duration of the project: 1 year


The project is based in Pretoria, where face-to face group lessons will occur, as well as an online component.

How to apply?
Please email Colleen Liell-Cock ([email protected]) with a brief
introduction about yourself and interest in the project, supported by a short, 1-page
CV detailing qualifications and experience.
Successful candidates should be available for a short online interview.
Should you receive no feedback two weeks after submitting your application, please
consider your application unsuccessful.

Remuneration will depend on qualification(s) and working experience (you may enquire via

This is not a full-time employment offer and applicants will be treated as sub-contractors.


"According to Psychologists, there are four types of Intelligence:

1) Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
2) Emotional Quotient (EQ)
3) Social Quotient (SQ)
4) Adversity Quotient (AQ)

1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): this is the measure of your level of comprehension. You need IQ to solve maths, memorize things, and recall lessons.

2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): this is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others, keep to time, be responsible, be honest, respect boundaries, be humble, genuine and considerate.

3. Social Quotient (SQ): this is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.

People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go further in life than those with a high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize on improving IQ levels while EQ and SQ are played down.

A man of high IQ can end up being employed by a man of high EQ and SQ even though he has an average IQ.

Your EQ represents your Character, while your SQ represents your Charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs, especially your EQ and SQ.

Now there is a 4th one, a new paradigm:

4. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life, and come out of it without losing your mind.

When faced with troubles, AQ determines who will give up, who will abandon their family, and who will consider su***de.

Parents please expose your children to other areas of life than just Academics. They should adore manual labour (never use work as a form of punishment), Sports and Arts.

Develop their IQ, as well as their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of their parents.

Finally, do not prepare the road for your children. Prepare your children for the road."



I often feel powerless in the face of current affairs- there’s the Ukrainian war, petrol price, and the catastrophe of climate change that those with powers persist in not taking seriously. But there is one thing we can do….SAY NO TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC! Every time you are in the shop!

This is a shout out to Sarah Ferguson, championing the fight- she can swim, so she is swimming from Durban to Cape Town as we speak! Not an easy stretch of ocean, to raise awareness against single use plastic.

Follow her progress on Facebook

One Ocean One Ocean tracks Sarah Ferguson's progress on her monumental swim from Durban to Cape Town


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End Of Year Exam Tips

It’s the end of the year and exams are upon us. Here are a few survival tips to make it successfully out the other side!

• What’s your plan?
Go through your work and find the incomprehensible bits and plan on how you are going to deal with them. Can you figure them out alone? Do you need an explanation? How long will this take? There is still time to set realistic timeframes that won’t burn you out or cut out too much Netflix!

• You are not alone!
Your head is a lonely place to be when you have a nonsensical maths problem, or if panic has hijacked your brain! This is when you need peers, teachers, tutors; anyone who can help or empathise. Misery loves company and togetherness makes you stronger! You are not the only one who can’t solve for X… now is the time you can figure it out it together, not when the papers are being handed out and the clock is counting down.

• You are unique!
Everyone learns differently. Don’t panic if your friend has finished a section that you are still struggling to understand. Some people study at a steady pace like marathon runners; and some are just crazy last-minute sprinters who need a looming deadline to cram for. It’s ok! As long as you understand the work, own your way of studying. I personally was a stay-up-all-night with coffee type of student, but it’s hard to keep the pace if the exams keep rolling in.

• Find the perfect place.
At the end of the year the pressure is on. Studying at the kitchen table while your family is preparing a meal, or at a coffee shop with friends is just too distracting for finals. There are three important things to consider when you set up the perfect study space: proper light, fresh air and quiet. In our country we must bear in mind those who are studying in a dark and draughty shack in a noisy township, by candlelight. I shout out to those students. Your motivation must be enormous! Salute!

• Keep your things together!
Every time you sit down to work don’t have to go looking for pens or run out of paper or calculator batteries. Don’t lose your notes and have to phone a friend to photograph theirs; they are trying to study too!

• Find your motivation.
This can be tricky! Even cleaning out your cupboard is better than writing exams! There is no silver bullet because we are all motivated by different things. What inspires you? Do it! But use it as a reward for finishing a section of work!

• Take a break!
As soon as your focus slips or your body starts getting sore, get up. Move! Keep your circulation going. Eat! But not a big meal- big meals make your brain sleepy. And hunger takes away your ability to concentrate. So healthy snacks work best. And don’t forget to drink! Water keeps your brain hydrated so the neurons can fire away, helping you to remember stuff!

• Make your own notes.
Last minute highlighting, reading, or re-reading of notes taken in class, send signals that are too weak for your brain to remember. You need to make your own notes, make summaries, make mind maps or flashcards. Try repeating your notes to yourself in your own head. Or out loud to a friend, or even your dog. Or make up a tune and sing them. How come we can remember every word of a song, but not the path taken by blood through a nephron. Sing your study notes to your favourite tune! Whichever way you do it; your brain remembers repetition.

• Music is good for the soul!
Music can help you to focus! Not an earworm that hijacks your brain, or a break-up song that makes you sad. And save the one that makes your feet dance for your break. Choose songs with the right tempo; not too fast and not too slow. Having said that, my daughter studies while simultaneously taking notes, listening to music, and having Brooklyn 99 playing on her computer. She says that if it’s too quiet, she gets distracted by her own thoughts! So, find your own music!

• You’ve got this!
Prepare, find your way and good luck! And if you need us, we are here. Education Matters strives to link high quality tutors to students and scholars in need of a bit of help. We’d love to hear from you.

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