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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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FS School of Nursing salutes its students
2008-08-28

 

The Free State School of Nursing (FSSON) in conjunction with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centre at the University of the Free State and the Department of Health recently held a Celebration Day to celebrate the role that RPL has played in the lives of students that gained admission in the four year diploma at the FSSON. The FSSON, the RPL Centre and the Department of Health took the initiative to develop an alternative learning/admission route for adults through recognition of prior learning in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 several adults gained access to the FSSON through an assessment of their prior learning and was granted the opportunity to develop themselves. At the celebration ceremony to salute different stakeholders and students for the progress they have made were, from the left: Mr Ben Mochwaro (Rector: Free State School of Nursing) and Prof. Letticia Moja (Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, UFS).

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