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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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World-renowned researcher and author facilitates at Kovsies
2010-03-08

 
The facilitator with three academics of the Faculty of Education: (from the left) Emmie van Wyk (CHESD), Jean McNiff, Annette Wilkinson (CHESD), and Adri Beylefeld (Office of the Dean).
Jean McNiff, world-renowned action researcher and author of 19 published books, created a buzz on the University of the Free State Campus last week.

She spent 23 February at the Faculty of Education. The day started off with a panel discussion between six senior staff members of the faculty and of the UFS Planning Unit. Thereafter 24 academic staff members attended a seminar where they were introduced to the methodology and conventions of action research (AR).

The full-day workshop on 24 February was attended by 30 UFS and 30 CUT staff members. The workshop – with the interesting title, Using our educational responsibilities to transform our violent histories into life-affirming futures – was participative and interactive, true to the nature of AR.

In addition to the 84 staff members who have already benefitted from these sessions, 12 staff members from the QwaQwa Campus will have the opportunity to watch the video-taped version of the workshop.

Jean McNiff's book Action research for professional development is available as a free download on her webpage www.jeanmcniff.com .

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