It’s tough staying motivated during the long gruelling study sessions of finals, especially as it nears the end of exam time: brains are burnt out, anxiety levels are high, physical and emotional exhaustion can take its toll. But as the saying goes, the final 20% of any project or endeavour always seems to take the longest.

Here are our tried and tested top 10 study hacks to get through the burn.

  • Exercise! Numerous studies show the link between moving your body and growing your mind. Experiments have proven that the hippocampus, which is at the core of the brain’s learning and memory system, is improved by regular exercise. Even a brisk 10 minute walk around the block between study sprints can improve concentration levels. According to research conducted by the University of Illinois, 20 minutes of exercise before an exam also improves performance.

  • If studying something from a computer screen, print it out. Researchers found that people reading from paper had a higher recognition of how well they understood the text than screen readers. Times New Roman is also the easiest font to read!

  • Speak out loud instead of simply reading, studies show that we’re 50% more likely to remember something if it’s spoken out loud as opposed to reading it.

  • The best way to learn is to teach. Sit down with your child and ask them to teach you what they’ve just learned, this is a great way for them to remember something while increasing their confidence in the subject matter.

  • New stationery. There’s nothing like a new special pen, or fresh colouring pencils to inject new life into studying.

  • Chew gum! Yes, we know, the thought of accidentally prodding your finger in a sticky glob of gum hidden underneath’s your child’s desk might give you nightmares, but it’s been used since World War One to keep soldiers alert and improve cognitive functioning. Mint flavoured gum or sweets is also used to improve alertness. Other alternatives include eating a daily dose of berries – the natural pigment called flavonoids improve memory retention.

  • Group study – if your child is feeling isolated, why not try a group study session, where each person gets to share an idea or teach a part of the syllabus to the rest. This also helps keep feelings of isolation at bay.

  • Is your child struggling to get up early? Have them place their alarm clock across the room, so they have to get up to switch it off. Want to start the day off with some exercise? Have them leave their clothes by the bed the night before, making it easy to slip into them in the morning.

  • Eat a frog for breakfast! Not literally, but it’s a fun way to frame the strategy of picking your most difficult, dreaded subject and cross it off before doing anything else. This instils a feeling of achievement for the rest of the day.

  • Temptation bundling: Combine a task your loved one really doesn’t want to do with one they really do want to do. For example, practice maths sums for an hour, followed by making a delicious smoothie together, or complete an assignment before watching 20 minutes of their favourite series.  

At Wingu Academy, we’re not only passionate about delivering innovate teaching methods, but helping your child at every step of the way, including getting through the final exam crunch on top. Sunshine, beach time and festive season activities are just around the corner!

Choosing a curriculum

Choosing the correct curriculum for a student is crucial as it shapes their educational experience, aligns with their learning style, and prepares them for future academic and career opportunities. The British International Curriculum emphasizes flexibility, critical thinking, and a global perspective, offering various pathways like the IGCSE and A-levels. In contrast, the South African CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) is more prescriptive, focusing on a standardized approach with a strong emphasis on local context and practical skills development.

Early Years

Designed for 5 to 6-year-olds

The British International Early Years program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a robust foundation at the start of their academic careers, preparing them to advance to subsequent international phases.

Lower Primary

Designed for children aged 7 to 9

The British International Primary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a solid base at the start of their educational journey, setting the stage for their advancement into subsequent international phases.

Upper Primary

Designed for 10 to 12 year old's

The British International Upper Primary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a robust foundation for students at the intermediate stage of their education, preparing them for the subsequent international phase.

Lower Secondary

Designed for 13 to 15-year-olds

The British International Lower Secondary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it lays a solid groundwork for students in the senior phase of their education, preparing them for the subsequent iGCSE level.


Designed for 16 to 17-year-olds

The British International GCSE program propels learners forward on an engaging educational path. it lays a solid groundwork for students progressing to advanced international levels.

AS/A Levels

Designed for 18 to 19-year-olds

The British International AS level program propels learners forward on a dynamic educational path. it offers a concluding year (12th grade) before progressing to tertiary education. The British International A level program, an additional year (13th grade) of schooling, equips students with a competitive edge for entering demanding university programs.

Grade 10-12

Designed for students aged 16 to 19

The National Senior Certificate (CAPS) program serves as South Africa's curriculum for Grades 10 through 12. it offers the concluding three-year phase of secondary education prior to pursuing higher education.

Wingu Academy's Hybrid Schooling Option

At Wingu Academy, we provide diverse schooling options tailored to your needs. Our hybrid schooling option, available in Centurion (Gauteng) and the Southern Suburbs (Western Cape), combines the flexibility of online education with the stability of a traditional brick-and-mortar school.

Wingu Southern Suburbs Campus

24 Cornwall Street, Lakeside, Muizenberg