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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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Academic appointed as Visiting Professor in the USA
2009-02-03

 

The Director of Research Development and Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Frans Swanepoel (pictured), has been appointed as Visiting Professor at Cornell University, New York, USA. He has just completed a five-month appointment as a Fulbright Professor at Cornell University. He and Cornell colleagues are collaborating on an initiative to revise agricultural education curricula in Africa, supported by the WK Kellogg and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations. They are also working on a book, The Role of Livestock in Developing Communities: Enhancing Multifunctionality, to be published in June this year. He has also investigated best practice and latest developments in research management and innovation at a number of US universities and delivered the main paper by invitation at a workshop on Research Management at Emerging Institutions at the Society for Research Administrators’ Annual Conference in Washington DC in October last year. Cornell is the only Ivy League University in the USA with a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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