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Emotional safety during examinations

Mid-year exams have begun and with crunch time comes emotional upheaval. However, it is manageable and should not deter you from the end-goal of succeeding in your studies while maintaining high mental health standards.

“The exam period is a time when stress and anxiety levels are higher than usual. Stress can be positive and help you stay motivated and focused. However, too much stress can be unhelpful and can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy,” says Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director of Student Counselling and Development at the University of the Free State (UFS).

According to Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health, “Mental and emotional health is about being happy, self-confident, self-aware, and resilient. People who are mentally healthy are able to cope with life’s challenges and recover from setbacks. But mental and emotional health requires knowledge, understanding, and effort to maintain. If your mental health isn’t as solid as you’d like it to be, here’s the good news: there are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.”

For further details on topics including: Building Better Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence Toolkit, Benefits of Mindfulness, Improving Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Cultivating Happiness, visit the Help Guide. 

Dr Barnaschone has a few tips on how Kovsies can better approach academic anxiety during the examination period. Here is what she has to say:

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Colleagues from School of MNSTE invited to China
2017-01-01

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From left to right: Dr NJP Teis, Mr SJ Coetzee, Ms MA
Tlali & Ms Z Mobara

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) in partnership with the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering has invited 4 colleagues from the UFS and 50 from all over the country to attend a Lecturer Developmental Programme in Shanghai, China. This programme will run over a period of four weeks (15 August–10 September) whereby lecturers can attend various focus areas such as Machinery and Electrical Skills (CNC Processing), 3D Printing and Robotics and Mechatronics. This offers lecturers an opportunity to upgrade their skills set that will improve their teaching and learning practices. Dr NJP Teis and Ms Z Mobara will be attending the Robotics and Mechatronics course and Mr SJ Coetzee and Ms MA Tlali will attend the 3D Printing. Course to enable them to develop the innovative skills needed in the current technology teaching practices.

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