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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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Prof. Driekie Hay appointed as SANPAD Facilitator
2009-06-26

 
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Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice-Rector: Academic Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS), has been appointed as SANPAD facilitator for its Research Capacity Building Initiative (RCI). SANPAD (South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development) is a unique collaborative research programme that has been financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1997, says Prof. Frans Swanepoel, Director: Research Development at the UFS.

SANPAD funds high quality, collaborative research by South African researchers in association with Dutch researchers.

SANPAD has established a capacity development programme, the RCI, to build the knowledge of research methodology of a selection of junior researchers.

The RCI is aimed at producing reflective academics
• who have a broad insight into theories, ideas, methods and practices in research in the social sciences,
• who are capable of making informed choices among these, and of further developing their knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields,
• who are capable of bringing a research project to a successful conclusion within a specified time frame and budget,
• who are capable of writing up their results as academic articles worthy of publication in reputable journals, and
• who are capable also of disseminating their results less conventionally among those who can best make practical use of them.
 

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