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Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health – especially after you have been hunched, sedentary over your books during exams. Why Exercise? Regular exercise has been shown to significantly improve your health: Its greatest benefits include helping...

A Beginner’s Guide to Exercising

Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health – especially after you have been hunched, sedentary over your books during exams. Why Exercise? Regular exercise has been shown to significantly improve your health: Its greatest benefits include helping...

Even though dagga’s legal status has changed, we are not talking about cannabis or any other recreational drug. No! After the stress of exams you may need to replenish some of your dopamine before you re-emerge into the real world. What is Dopamine? Dopamine...

Get Some Dope(amine) In You

Even though dagga’s legal status has changed, we are not talking about cannabis or any other recreational drug. No! After the stress of exams you may need to replenish some of your dopamine before you re-emerge into the real world. What is Dopamine? Dopamine...

Yes, we encourage you to study 45 hours per week throughout the year. Yes, we urge you to push yourself to your limits. Yes, our desire is for you to succeed. And yet, we truly believe that you are so much more than your...

Your Productivity Does Not Define You

Yes, we encourage you to study 45 hours per week throughout the year. Yes, we urge you to push yourself to your limits. Yes, our desire is for you to succeed. And yet, we truly believe that you are so much more than your...

We spoke earlier about boosting your brain from within, and mentioned the importance of a healthy diet. But... What Are The Best Foods For Your Brain? Oily Fish Salmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots...

Top Brain Foods

We spoke earlier about boosting your brain from within, and mentioned the importance of a healthy diet. But... What Are The Best Foods For Your Brain? Oily Fish Salmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots...

Life is kinda mean. Just when you are at you lowest, least motivated, and exhausted after a long year – that’s exactly when you need to dig deepest for your finals. (Side note: for those of you having an existential crisis at the moment,...

Boost Your Brain Power From Within

Life is kinda mean. Just when you are at you lowest, least motivated, and exhausted after a long year – that’s exactly when you need to dig deepest for your finals. (Side note: for those of you having an existential crisis at the moment,...

DuxPD Ambassador - Bianca #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, much-loved and bubbly Bianca Moremi -  3rd Year Bachelor of Accounting Science student at Wits. Follow Bianca as she shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in her #DuxStudentLife. About...

Moments in Bianca’s #DuxStudentLife

DuxPD Ambassador - Bianca #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, much-loved and bubbly Bianca Moremi -  3rd Year Bachelor of Accounting Science student at Wits. Follow Bianca as she shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in her #DuxStudentLife. About...

Never mind Andy Warhol’s prediction of everyone enjoying 15 minutes of fame, in 15 minutes you can do the washing up, prepare a breakfast smoothie, walk 1.6km, or even tidy up your inbox. While these are all positive use of your time (and click...

Fifteen Minutes Is All You Need to Improve Your Marks

Never mind Andy Warhol’s prediction of everyone enjoying 15 minutes of fame, in 15 minutes you can do the washing up, prepare a breakfast smoothie, walk 1.6km, or even tidy up your inbox. While these are all positive use of your time (and click...

For a suicidal EMERGENCY, contact 0800 567 567. 24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14 Focus on Awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention September was Suicide Prevention month; October will be Mental Health Education and Depression Awareness month. The Dux Edge to Coping To get your...

Suicide Prevention- It Takes a Village

For a suicidal EMERGENCY, contact 0800 567 567. 24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14 Focus on Awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention September was Suicide Prevention month; October will be Mental Health Education and Depression Awareness month. The Dux Edge to Coping To get your...

Now that you’re in the tertiary phase of your education, assessments are far more complex. Gone are the days when you simply had to memorise content and repeat it in an exam. Tertiary education (and its assessments) requires the application of knowledge to prepare...

Exam Application Skills

Now that you’re in the tertiary phase of your education, assessments are far more complex. Gone are the days when you simply had to memorise content and repeat it in an exam. Tertiary education (and its assessments) requires the application of knowledge to prepare...

14 September 2018   LETTER OF GRATITUDE Good day Peermont Family I would like to first pass my sincere greetings to everyone. I write with great excitement to inform you that I have been to the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty Executive Committee serving...

Letter of Gratitude

14 September 2018   LETTER OF GRATITUDE Good day Peermont Family I would like to first pass my sincere greetings to everyone. I write with great excitement to inform you that I have been to the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty Executive Committee serving...

No matter how well you have done academically thus far, chances are that your memory has occasionally failed you. Recent surveys revealed that many students waste their time on ineffective methods of learning, rather than using these tried-and-tested methods. Rereading The most common method...

Making Memories and “Rathers” for Retention

No matter how well you have done academically thus far, chances are that your memory has occasionally failed you. Recent surveys revealed that many students waste their time on ineffective methods of learning, rather than using these tried-and-tested methods. Rereading The most common method...

DuxPD Ambassador - Nomfundo Madonsela #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, sunny Nomfundo Madonsela  - 2nd Bachelor of Arts (Law Major) student at Wits. Follow Nomfundo as she shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in her #DuxStudentLife… About Nomfundo...

Moments in Nomfundo’s #DuxStudentLife

DuxPD Ambassador - Nomfundo Madonsela #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, sunny Nomfundo Madonsela  - 2nd Bachelor of Arts (Law Major) student at Wits. Follow Nomfundo as she shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in her #DuxStudentLife… About Nomfundo...

Dux PD Ambassador - Tshepo Selepe #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, profound Tshepo Selepe - 3rd Year Actuarial Science student at Wits. Follow Sledge as he shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in his #DuxStudentLife… About Tshepo Selepe aka Sledge My...

Moments in Sledge’s #DuxStudentLife

Dux PD Ambassador - Tshepo Selepe #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, profound Tshepo Selepe - 3rd Year Actuarial Science student at Wits. Follow Sledge as he shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in his #DuxStudentLife… About Tshepo Selepe aka Sledge My...

Dux PD Ambassador - Thabiso Miya #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, profound Thabiso Miya  - 3rd Year Industrial Engineering student at Wits. Follow Thabiso as he shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in his #DuxStudentLife… About Thabiso My...

Moments in Thabiso’s #DuxStudentLife

Dux PD Ambassador - Thabiso Miya #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, profound Thabiso Miya  - 3rd Year Industrial Engineering student at Wits. Follow Thabiso as he shares with us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at moments in his #DuxStudentLife… About Thabiso My...

DuxPD Ambassador - Phumzile Makhanya #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, beautiful Phumzile Makhanya -  2nd Year BSc Pharmacy student at Wits. Follow Phumzile as she shares with us an exclusive view of moments in her #DuxStudentLife… About Phumzile I am a young woman who...

Moments In Phumzile’s #DuxStudentLife

DuxPD Ambassador - Phumzile Makhanya #DuxPD is super proud of our students. Amongst them, beautiful Phumzile Makhanya -  2nd Year BSc Pharmacy student at Wits. Follow Phumzile as she shares with us an exclusive view of moments in her #DuxStudentLife… About Phumzile I am a young woman who...

Kgomotso Kathlego Dibetso honours Elaine in her speech at the Peermont CSI Awards 2018. Kgomotso studied LLB Law Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand and we are proud to call her a Dux Alumni <3  

Peermont CSI Awards 2018

Kgomotso Kathlego Dibetso honours Elaine in her speech at the Peermont CSI Awards 2018. Kgomotso studied LLB Law Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand and we are proud to call her a Dux Alumni <3  

Friendship Day is celebrated around the world on the first Sunday of August. According to the Friendship Day resolution adopted by United Nations in 2011, it was decided to “forge a strong bond of friendship among people of various countries irrespective of their race,...

Celebrate Friendship Day 2018

Friendship Day is celebrated around the world on the first Sunday of August. According to the Friendship Day resolution adopted by United Nations in 2011, it was decided to “forge a strong bond of friendship among people of various countries irrespective of their race,...

Dux student, Cindy Mahlangu, describes what it is like to be a woman studying Chemical Engineering at Wits. How do safety boots compare to stilettos? Do the "boys" treat her differently? What preconceptions did even she have which have turned out to be incorrect?...

Women in Engineering 02

Dux student, Cindy Mahlangu, describes what it is like to be a woman studying Chemical Engineering at Wits. How do safety boots compare to stilettos? Do the "boys" treat her differently? What preconceptions did even she have which have turned out to be incorrect?...

The #MeToo movement, #TotalShutdown marches and more have brought to light how backwards we still are in moving women forwards. It seems impossible that gender equality is still an issue in 2018. Female Financial Women’s rights just make sense! As shown in 114 countries...

Women’s Month 2018

The #MeToo movement, #TotalShutdown marches and more have brought to light how backwards we still are in moving women forwards. It seems impossible that gender equality is still an issue in 2018. Female Financial Women’s rights just make sense! As shown in 114 countries...

#Dux student, Sibongile Mothapo, describes what it is like to be a woman studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. How do safety boots compare to stilettos? Do the "boys" treat her differently? What preconceptions did even she have which have turned out...

Women in Engineering Day 01

#Dux student, Sibongile Mothapo, describes what it is like to be a woman studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. How do safety boots compare to stilettos? Do the "boys" treat her differently? What preconceptions did even she have which have turned out...

Sphesihle Nxumalo was born into a single-parent household, and lost his mother at a very tender age. He went on to do his primary school and Form 1 education in Swaziland. In Form 1, Sphesihle performed exceptionally well that he was chosen to represent...

The Journey of a Young Leader

Sphesihle Nxumalo was born into a single-parent household, and lost his mother at a very tender age. He went on to do his primary school and Form 1 education in Swaziland. In Form 1, Sphesihle performed exceptionally well that he was chosen to represent...

Today, 100 years ago, Mvezo resident, Nonqaphi Nosekeni, gave birth to a baby boy. His name was Rolihlahla Mandela, and he grew up to become a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni; a matriculant; a mine security officer; an expelled varsity...

100 Years of Madiba

Today, 100 years ago, Mvezo resident, Nonqaphi Nosekeni, gave birth to a baby boy. His name was Rolihlahla Mandela, and he grew up to become a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni; a matriculant; a mine security officer; an expelled varsity...

As part of this month's theme of using the second half of the year well, Dux Youth Growth and Support is celebrating New Conversations Day. Don’t you just hate awkward silences? The heavy embarrassment, the unsettled glances, and the uncomfortable shifting in your seat?...

Quacking New Conversations

As part of this month's theme of using the second half of the year well, Dux Youth Growth and Support is celebrating New Conversations Day. Don’t you just hate awkward silences? The heavy embarrassment, the unsettled glances, and the uncomfortable shifting in your seat?...

Remember when you were told as a kid that you could achieve anything if you just believed in yourself? The chances that you ended up on crutches are higher than the chances that you actually soared over your home Superman-style! But that doesn’t negate...

Love What You See In The Mirror

Remember when you were told as a kid that you could achieve anything if you just believed in yourself? The chances that you ended up on crutches are higher than the chances that you actually soared over your home Superman-style! But that doesn’t negate...

Buddha pointed out, “The trouble is, you think you have time.” Nothing brings that truth home more glaringly than the realisation that you only have 183 days left this year! Life is too short not to seize every day by the horns and slay...

We Are Half-Way Through 2018

Buddha pointed out, “The trouble is, you think you have time.” Nothing brings that truth home more glaringly than the realisation that you only have 183 days left this year! Life is too short not to seize every day by the horns and slay...

Post Exam Recovery See that faint glow in the distance? You’re starting to see the light at the end of the exam-hall tunnel. And when you’ve left that exam room for the last time, it’s very tempting to jump on the classic “let’s get...

Post Exam Recovery

Post Exam Recovery See that faint glow in the distance? You’re starting to see the light at the end of the exam-hall tunnel. And when you’ve left that exam room for the last time, it’s very tempting to jump on the classic “let’s get...

This is the final instalment of the three-part series, “Reducing Test Taking Anxiety”. It is not, however, the last gems of advice we will be sharing with you. So keep your eyes peeled for more tips on acing your exams. Practical Ways to Reduce...

Reducing Test Taking Anxiety (Part 3)

This is the final instalment of the three-part series, “Reducing Test Taking Anxiety”. It is not, however, the last gems of advice we will be sharing with you. So keep your eyes peeled for more tips on acing your exams. Practical Ways to Reduce...

While it may be consoling to know that you are not alone in sometimes over-stressing about writing exams, you still need to find a way to manage your test-taking anxiety. Mind Over Matter Keep things in perspective. The exams might seem like the most crucial...

Reducing Test Taking Anxiety (Part 2)

While it may be consoling to know that you are not alone in sometimes over-stressing about writing exams, you still need to find a way to manage your test-taking anxiety. Mind Over Matter Keep things in perspective. The exams might seem like the most crucial...

Have you ever worried excessively about doing well on a test? So much so that the stress of the exam causes you to become so nervous that your memory lapses (among other symptoms). If so, this hindrance on your test performance is known as...

Reducing Test Taking Anxiety (Part 1)

Have you ever worried excessively about doing well on a test? So much so that the stress of the exam causes you to become so nervous that your memory lapses (among other symptoms). If so, this hindrance on your test performance is known as...

Thank You Thursday is promoted as a terrific opportunity to thank those in your life who make things easier, those who love you, and those who just make your day better by sharing with you a smile or a friendly hello. But while you...

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday is promoted as a terrific opportunity to thank those in your life who make things easier, those who love you, and those who just make your day better by sharing with you a smile or a friendly hello. But while you...

If strangers keep high-fiving you this coming Thursday, it is because the third Thursday of April is National High Five Day. This celebration was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia when a group of students sat on the main quad of the...

National High Five Day

If strangers keep high-fiving you this coming Thursday, it is because the third Thursday of April is National High Five Day. This celebration was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia when a group of students sat on the main quad of the...

Dux students enjoy a public holiday as much as the next person. However, through the student support programme, you know that the purpose of life is to be more than a mere spectator. As such, you are no doubt going to relax on your...

Students Make The Best Human Rights Activists

Dux students enjoy a public holiday as much as the next person. However, through the student support programme, you know that the purpose of life is to be more than a mere spectator. As such, you are no doubt going to relax on your...

Dux student support events invariably include a selfie or two. (Thank heavens for the long arms of Andries!) The advent of smartphones have made selfies so popular that "selfie" was named The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2013. But did you know...

Are You Up for the Selfie Free Challenge?

Dux student support events invariably include a selfie or two. (Thank heavens for the long arms of Andries!) The advent of smartphones have made selfies so popular that "selfie" was named The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2013. But did you know...

March 6th is Dentist Day. For the Dux students studying dentistry, we all salute you! For the rest of us, it is a reminder to make a dentist appointment like the responsible young adults we are supporting you to become. You do not want...

Do You Want To Be The Student With The Best Smile?

March 6th is Dentist Day. For the Dux students studying dentistry, we all salute you! For the rest of us, it is a reminder to make a dentist appointment like the responsible young adults we are supporting you to become. You do not want...

In the course of your student life, when was the last time someone handed you a compliment? Better yet, when was the last time you gave one? Compliments create so much positive energy that they seem almost to be magic! “Too often we underestimate...

World Compliment Day

In the course of your student life, when was the last time someone handed you a compliment? Better yet, when was the last time you gave one? Compliments create so much positive energy that they seem almost to be magic! “Too often we underestimate...

February 22 is World Yoga Day. Whether you are into yoga or not, this is an ideal chance to stretch yourself. Normally when we talk about stretching yourself at Dux we are referring to academic goals. But today we are being literal – physically...

World Yoga Day

February 22 is World Yoga Day. Whether you are into yoga or not, this is an ideal chance to stretch yourself. Normally when we talk about stretching yourself at Dux we are referring to academic goals. But today we are being literal – physically...

Whatever your mother language, Dux encourages you to improve your English. “Practise, practise, practise!” is a phrase you have heard over and over. Why? Because English is the language of aviation, business, computers, diplomacy, science, and tourism the world over. Proficiency in English is...

International Mother Language Day

Whatever your mother language, Dux encourages you to improve your English. “Practise, practise, practise!” is a phrase you have heard over and over. Why? Because English is the language of aviation, business, computers, diplomacy, science, and tourism the world over. Proficiency in English is...

You have heard the expression, “a cat has nine lives”. Did you know that YOU have eight? Seriously, you have your own life, and you can save seven+ lives when you die by becoming an organ donor. Before you exclaim, “Eish, that’s not for...

Organ Donor Day is the Perfect Opportunity to Give Back

You have heard the expression, “a cat has nine lives”. Did you know that YOU have eight? Seriously, you have your own life, and you can save seven+ lives when you die by becoming an organ donor. Before you exclaim, “Eish, that’s not for...

You have heard the expression countless times before, but did you know that there is a Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day? Yes, really! The idiom was first used by British writer James Howell in 1659. The main lesson of Don’t Cry Over Spilled...

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

You have heard the expression countless times before, but did you know that there is a Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day? Yes, really! The idiom was first used by British writer James Howell in 1659. The main lesson of Don’t Cry Over Spilled...

To say that life is a rollercoaster is no understatement. Being alive involves riding the ups, downs, and curve-balls the universe throws at us. It is dynamic. It is fluid. It is equally terrifying and delightful. The best way to survive is to appreciate...

Appreciation of Life Day

To say that life is a rollercoaster is no understatement. Being alive involves riding the ups, downs, and curve-balls the universe throws at us. It is dynamic. It is fluid. It is equally terrifying and delightful. The best way to survive is to appreciate...

Please read this again: “The number on your report does not define you.” If you have reached your goals, we congratulate you. Give yourself a pat on the back. But keep your success in perspective. While our main goal at Dux is to help...

The Number On Your Report Does Not Define You

Please read this again: “The number on your report does not define you.” If you have reached your goals, we congratulate you. Give yourself a pat on the back. But keep your success in perspective. While our main goal at Dux is to help...

This article was taken and adapted from https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/10-study-tips-to-achieve-your-goals-in-2016/ 8 Study Tips that will Boost your Results

Study Tips

This article was taken and adapted from https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/10-study-tips-to-achieve-your-goals-in-2016/ 8 Study Tips that will Boost your Results

This article was taken from http://au.reachout.com/how-to-write-a-study-timetable Every study guide on the planet will say 'organise your time' and 'make a study timetable'. But what the flip does this actually look like and how do you do it?

Setting Up your Exam Schedule

This article was taken from http://au.reachout.com/how-to-write-a-study-timetable Every study guide on the planet will say 'organise your time' and 'make a study timetable'. But what the flip does this actually look like and how do you do it?

It’s really important to start thinking about getting some work experience before you graduate, and the best way to do that is to try and get a Vac job. Focus for the few weeks that you’re on holiday and gain that invaluable work experience...

Finding Work During Vac

It’s really important to start thinking about getting some work experience before you graduate, and the best way to do that is to try and get a Vac job. Focus for the few weeks that you’re on holiday and gain that invaluable work experience...

This article was taken from https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/health-and-support/exam-preparation-ten-study-tips Preparing for exams? Give yourself the best chance with these top ten study tips.

Exam Preparation and Tips

This article was taken from https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/health-and-support/exam-preparation-ten-study-tips Preparing for exams? Give yourself the best chance with these top ten study tips.

This blog is taken from Jerz's Literacy Weblog on taking notes and college success tips. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic1/taking-notes-5-college-success-tips/ Few people realize how fast memory fades. Studies on memory have shown that, without review, 47% of what a person has just learned is forgotten in the first...

How to Take Effective Notes

This blog is taken from Jerz's Literacy Weblog on taking notes and college success tips. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic1/taking-notes-5-college-success-tips/ Few people realize how fast memory fades. Studies on memory have shown that, without review, 47% of what a person has just learned is forgotten in the first...

This article was taken and adapted from https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/brain-food-what-eat-when-revising  Exam week: the dreaded seven or so days for all college and university students. It’s the time of year when all that matters are grades, grades and more grades.

Brain Food and Nutrition During Exams

This article was taken and adapted from https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/brain-food-what-eat-when-revising  Exam week: the dreaded seven or so days for all college and university students. It’s the time of year when all that matters are grades, grades and more grades.

It’s a new year and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air.  Can you feel it?  The opportunities and possibilities are endless.  The sky’s the limit! 

2017 Dux Orientation Takes Flight

It’s a new year and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air.  Can you feel it?  The opportunities and possibilities are endless.  The sky’s the limit! 

People Dynamics proudly launched our Student Support and Development programme, Dux, on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Dux Launches to a Successful Start

People Dynamics proudly launched our Student Support and Development programme, Dux, on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

People Dynamics is proud to be launching our Student Support and Development programme, Dux. The launch of Dux will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016 in Johannesburg, where guests will hear from Alumni, current students and companies, about this incredibly powerful and effective...

Launching Dux, Powered by People Dynamics

People Dynamics is proud to be launching our Student Support and Development programme, Dux. The launch of Dux will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016 in Johannesburg, where guests will hear from Alumni, current students and companies, about this incredibly powerful and effective...

Many young people experience feelings of being under pressure when exam time comes around.  This is normally experienced during revision periods or before the exams start and although a good amount of pressure can be motivating, the continuous pressure over long periods of time...

Is my child experiencing exam stress?

Many young people experience feelings of being under pressure when exam time comes around.  This is normally experienced during revision periods or before the exams start and although a good amount of pressure can be motivating, the continuous pressure over long periods of time...

Year end is looming and along with the longer hours required to meet deadlines, perspective is lost on the amount of focus and dedication needed to perform our duties. Getting motivated to go to work in the morning is difficult because even though getting...

Bring your work back into focus

Year end is looming and along with the longer hours required to meet deadlines, perspective is lost on the amount of focus and dedication needed to perform our duties. Getting motivated to go to work in the morning is difficult because even though getting...

Ready. Set. Focus on your goals. You know where you want to be in five years. You have given some thought to the progress you would like to make in your personal and professional life this year but you have not taken the time...

Goal Setting

Ready. Set. Focus on your goals. You know where you want to be in five years. You have given some thought to the progress you would like to make in your personal and professional life this year but you have not taken the time...

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