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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 resumes training of Educational Psychologists

Pictured are three of the lecturers of Psycho-Education, together with the two students who were selected in 2009: From left to right: Prof. Johnnie Hay (Departmental Chairperson, Psycho-Education), Ms Melissa Bothma (Master’s student), Dr Zendré Swanepoel (lecturer and study supervisor), Ms Marja Reid (Master’s student) and Dr Erna van Zyl (lecturer and study supervisor).
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In 2009 the Departments Psychology and Psycho-Education resumed the training of Educational Psychologists, after it had been dormant for a few years. This training will help ease the huge demand for Educational Psychologists in the central region of the country, as well as a need that was expressed by the Free State Department of Education in 2008.

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