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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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Service Learning workshop at the Qwaqwa Campus
2010-03-11

 
At the workshop were, from the left: Dr Luzelle Naudé (Senior Lecturer: Department of Psychology), Prof. Mabel Erasmus (Head: Service Learning Division), Ms Moodi Matsoso (Coordinator Community Services – Qwaqwa Campus) and Dr Elize Smuts (Staff Development Facilitator).
Photo: Dikgapane Makhetha


The Service Learning Division at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently held a staff enrichment session in the Senate Hall on the Qwaqwa Campus of the UFS. Staff members who are involved in Service Learning, or interested to learn more about it had an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas. The workshop presented an opportunity for the discovery of an academic niche through participants who demonstrated fervour in the initiation and development of more new Service Learning modules. The introduction of two separate skills enhancement programmes, HES717 and HES/FES522 endorsed prospects of a successful future for Service Learning and Community Engagement at the Qwaqwa Campus.

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