“It’s not what you do for your kids that ultimately matters in their lives. It’s what you teach them to do for themselves” – Unknown
It’s that time of the year when grade 9 learners are going to be faced with one of the most important decisions they will make during their school years. By the end of August they will have to decide on the combination of subjects that they would like to take for matric. They need to choose seven subjects which they will take from grade 10. English, a second official language, maths (literacy if they can’t cope with regular maths) and Life Orientation are compulsory. That leaves three subjects which they have to decide upon.
I have had over 30 years’ experience helping hundreds of learners make the correct subject choice for matric. Learners can do the assessment either at my rooms or at home. The process for completing the assessment at home is as follows:
A learner’s interest plays a huge role in subject choice because if they’re not going to enjoy the subject then they need to ask themselves why they have chosen to take the subject. Many parents play quite a coercive role in trying to convince their child as to what they might feel is the best combination. This can be a huge mistake. There’s a mistaken idea that the best combination for learners is Mathematics, Science, Biology. This is a good combination provided the learner enjoys and is doing well at that subject. But there are many other combinations that, depending on the learner’s interest, might ensure a better matric pass and open doors for a particular career.
Many schools provide questionnaires to their grade 9 learners and results are usually furnished by means of a short typed report. The advantage of a post-test personal interview is that any concerns that either the learner or parent may have can be addressed and resolved. Take advantage of this offer now and ensure that your child has made the right choice of subjects which will ensure good marks and open the right doors for a future career.
Contact me Ken Resnick at: Cell – 0824490335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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