Learning enables personal development and growth. It is an ongoing process that not only enriches our minds, but also helps us become better versions of ourselves. A love of learning, however, is what sets successful individuals apart.
Congratulations! You’ve received your matric results. Now what? If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decision of what to study or even whether or not to study, Optimi can help.
Matric results day is drawing nearer, and former matrics and their parents around the country are holding their breaths in anticipation. Anxiety around your results is perfectly understandable but can be detrimental to your mental health. So how do you mentally prepare yourself to view your exam results in the healthiest way? Here are some tips from the Optimi team!
Studying is a skill that seems to come more naturally to some, but like most life skills, it can be improved. It’s never too early or too late to develop good studying habits because the sooner you do, the more effective studying will become. Here are five helpful tips:
Reflecting on heritage month, it’s clear that South Africa’s diversity in cultures has not translated as well to our diversity in workplaces, educational institutions, and economy. Can studying the benefits of diversity help encourage us to pursue it?
In an in-depth interview with the MD of our Workplace division, Jackie Carroll discusses the importance of literacy, higher education, how the women of today are inspiring us as well as future generations, and South Africa’s future.
As we round off women’s month, Optimi is delighted to share our interview with our COO, Marli Lombard. As a celebration of women in 2022, Optimi has chatted to the women who lead our organisation from the very top for their perspective on women in leadership roles to share with aspiring female leaders.
This women’s month Optimi is delighted to focus on the strong women that form part of our diverse leadership positions. As has been proven in several studies, women in leadership positions contribute enormously to a company’s success, and we couldn’t be where we are today without the women that have shaped our organisation. Today we focus on Louise Schoonwinkel, the Managing Director of our Home offering.
Optimi is using August as an opportunity to highlight the women in leadership in our organisation. Diverse and inclusive leadership and workforce certainly contribute to Optimi’s driving momentum. That’s why we’ve asked our Leading Ladies for some wisdom on their journey. Read on to find out learn about Eloise Nolte, the Managing Director of Optimi’s College offering.
In South Africa, a Degree or a Diploma carry a lot of weight with employers, but we are starting to see a shift towards the use of alternative options such as short courses.
Did you know that July is the coldest month of the year? To help bring warmth to the most vulnerable members of our community, the Optimi Group has launched an initiative called the Optimi Drive for the month of July.
Prelims are a stressful season for matric students. We know you face a lot of pressure! The secret to doing well in your prelims (and eventually your final exams)? Take advice from experts that can give you the tips you need!
In a world that’s rapidly evolving, growing, and changing, short courses help you keep your knowledge current and relevant and give you the opportunity to never stop learning. The job market is becoming more and more competitive, and having current skills is a valuable asset on your CV and during performance reviews. Short courses can help you achieve that.
Early childhood development (ECD) focuses on the period between birth and about age nine when children develop their cognitive and social skills the fastest. High-quality ECD is an investment in the future of a country – making it even more important in South Africa.
Students today are digital natives born into a world of tech. Teachers must find ways to reach and connect with digital native students. We cannot use the old hierarchical systems to teach anymore, so how can teachers adapt to the fourth industrial revolution and connect with their digitally native students?
COVID-19 infection numbers are on the rise again, which means that more stringent lockdown regulations could follow. This might include the school closures, and the return of more regular remote learning again.
It’s been over seven years since the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act (or POPIA) was first signed into law, but on 1 July 2021 it will come into full effect at last. Business owners who have consistently viewed POPIA as a threat, and who hoped this day would never come, are likely stunned and underprepared.
Over the last 12 months, South African schools have had to dramatically change their approach to teaching, with e-learning becoming an integral part of their daily lives. At our universities, the same trends have applied – albeit in different ways, across different institutions. Some universities have adapted better than others. But if one takes a step back, this could be a moment that moves our tertiary education space forward, resulting in improved student performance and greater access.
All parents during this period have had to undertake some form of homeschooling at certain times. But it’s been moms, in particular, who have been among the greatest education heroes during this time — often also juggling work, home and parenting.
Siphindile Bhengu, from Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal, was one of thousands of matric learners in 2020 who had to endure one of the toughest academic years in a century. The COVID pandemic played havoc with Siphindile’s final school year, as she had limited internet access at home, and she had to rely on education radio and TV broadcasts from the SABC to get through. A class WhatsApp group from her school also assisted.
Reflecting on the last 365 days of lockdown in South Africa, it's clear that education has undergone immense changes that will forever alter the way that our children learn. As the country's largest homeschooling provider, we at Impaq have noticed how more families are increasingly viewing homeschooling as an appealing alternative.
Reflecting on the last 365 days of lockdown in South Africa, it’s clear that education has undergone immense changes that will forever alter the way that our children learn. As the country’s largest homeschooling provider, we at Impaq have noticed how more families are increasingly viewing homeschooling as an appealing alternative.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of human life. It has made people across the globe think differently about how we work, how we play, and most importantly, how we learn. The virus prompted one of the most significant shifts in education since the 1st Industrial Revolution, and many parents are now making the switch to homeschooling as a viable alternative to mainstream schooling.
Nothing is more inspiring than witnessing the success of young people with a hunger for learning. For the hundreds of learners at the Liberty funded Kutlwanong Centers for Maths, Science and Technology, the 100% pass rate in 2020 was a testament to their determination, work ethic and embracing new technology whenever possible.
If ever a single event was to highlight why schools should incorporate e-learning into their learning methodologies, it was Covid-19. Never before have so many contact-teaching schools been forced to introduce digital learning solutions so quickly and so comprehensively. A year later, with the pandemic still very much a part of our lives, it's clear that schools will continue to rely on e-learning - in full or in part - for some time to come.
There's nothing like a new year - especially after the challenges of last year - to make some new and exciting changes. You might be considering adding a new skill to your CV or looking for an opportunity to earn more money. If so, look no further than the online assessor and moderator training programmes by Media Works, part of Optimi Workplace, South Africa's leading adult education and training provider.
In 2020, the education landscape changed permanently. Covid-19 pushed schools, teachers, learners and parents into unfamiliar territory, and many had to adapt to teaching and learning methods they might not have considered otherwise, says Louise Schoonwinkel, managing director of Optimi Home.
In 2020, schools across South Africa have faced their most challenging academic year yet, with lockdown closures disrupting learning in significant ways. While hard-working teachers and principals have tried their best to adapt and innovate, the COVID-19 crisis has served as a wake-up call for many schools to improve their e-learning capabilities.
Previously known as FutureLearn, the Optimi Group provides offerings for the home, workplace, classroom and college, and serve over 200,000 learners each year. Optimi Classroom focuses on accessible classroom solutions for schools and tertiary institutions. Offerings include teacher and learner solutions provider ITSI, classroom practice software Cami, and Arrow Academy, an innovative model school in Centurion where Optimi classroom offerings are used and refined..
FutureLearn, a subsidiary of the PSG Group, has announced its corporate brand change to 'Optimi', signalling an evolution in its multi-faceted education offering. The company has used the name 'FutureLearn' for many years and has built up recognition as South Africa's leading accessible education solutions provider. It has also become one of the fastest-growing education companies in the country by completing several mergers and acquisitions during this time.