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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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UFS pianist honoured for contribution to international summer school
2008-08-30

 

A commemoration plate was recently handed to Prof. Albie van Schalkwyk from the Department of Music at the University of the Free State (UFS) during the closing ceremony of the 2008 international summer school of the Neuberger Kulturtage in Austria for his contribution as repetitor at the summer school for the past 20 years. The plate was handed over by the mayor of Neuberg on behalf of the community of Neuberg. Prof. Van Schalkwyk was thanked for his dedication and the exceptional manner in which he shared his expertise with students over the years. Pictured here are: Prof. Van Schalkwyk and Ms Magdalena Roux, lecturer in cello at the Stellenbosch University during this year's summer school.
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