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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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Orientation session for short learning programme in service learning presented at the UFS

Lectures and other staff members from various South African universities recently attended an orientation session for the short learning programme in capacity building in service learning on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. The programme will be presented next year by the Service Learning Division of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CHESD) at the UFS. Here are, from the left: Ms Za Sabela, University of Zululand, Dr John Boughey, University of Zululand, Ms Nombuso Kamolane, Vaal University of Technology, Dr Luzelle Naudé, Department of Psychology at the UFS, Prof. Mabel Erasmus, Head of the Division Service Learning at CHESD, and Dr Carl Kirstein, North-West University.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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