Even if you hate numbers, your grade 10 subject choices should allow for bridge subjects such as math and basic science that will help keep your options open after the matric.

Do your eyes glaze over when you see numbers, but come alive when you’re asked to compose a creative essay? Maybe writing flowery prose, drawing or painting isn’t your thing, but you like doing science experiments and building your own treadmill.

For some of us, accounting is as easy as ABC, while for others, history is the fun time to look forward to.

Now that you’re in Grade 9, it’s time to choose a subject stream that allows you to do the subjects that excite and challenge you and hopefully will open doors for you in the future.

Your major “essentially determines future study and career options as well as a student’s performance in matrics,” says education expert Philip Hlatshwayo, program manager at the Independent Institute of Education.

Philip advises Grade 9 students to ask themselves the following questions as they think about next year and beyond:

What prior knowledge is essential for this topic?

Critically reflecting on your past grades and how you handled the demands of a subject similar to your chosen one will save you a lot of time and stressful moments.

“But don’t forget there’s still time to build skills in a core subject – with focus and hard work – if you’re determined.”

What skills should I have for this subject?

The skills required to study physical science will be different from the skills required to study history. Introspection will therefore help you understand the skills you have and can potentially develop.

What study strategies and techniques are needed for this subject and do these strategies complement my learning abilities?

For one student, thinking about various algebraic strategies in a math subject may be easy, for another it may be better to read copious amounts of history material. There are areas in which we can excel and unleash our full potential if we think about them carefully.

What educational support can I benefit from?

Academic support involves people such as your teacher, peers, family members, mentors, and student support services at higher education institutions who can help you on your journey.

Even though your teacher can help you solve critical subject-related issues, sometimes you may need your mentor to help you establish the value of pursuing certain things in your academic journey and see the big picture.

Student advisers at higher education institutions can also help you match your potential subject choices to fields of study and career prospects.

“Student advisors are also able to guide you on how the world of work has changed and what skills will be in high demand by the time you complete your degree.”

Arts versus science?

It’s not just one or the other. Students should choose subjects that will 1) give them a wide range of options and 2) allow them to perform to the best of their abilities on their matric exams.

Your subject choice should allow for bridging subjects such as math and basic science that will help keep your options open. If you have difficulty in these subjects, remember at least one of them and concentrate your efforts.

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Even if you’re not confident yet, remember that you have three years to work hard and build a solid foundation – it’s not too late to take on the challenge.

What makes you happy?

Select one or two subjects that interest you and embark on the pursuit of mastery. If you are able to find your bearings and enjoyment in a particular area, it bodes well for your future career and personal fulfillment.

What subjects can help you improve your final matric results?

Admission to higher education is performance-based, so having subjects in the bag where you know you can turn off the lights if you work hard, will most likely improve your chances of success when applying for further study. after the baccalaureate.


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