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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 Director serves on international financial planning body
2010-03-29

Adv. Wessel Oosthuizen.
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Adv. Wessel Oosthuizen, Director of the Centre for Financial Planning Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) and Panel Chairperson of the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), was recently seconded to two FPSB meetings.

Adv. Oosthuizen is a member of two work groups that consist of representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The groups are tasked with developing a framework that would incorporate the abilities, professional skills and knowledge a student or candidate for certification would need to cover when developing viable written financial plans for clients. Additionally, the groups discussed the type and content of templates, tools and guidance documents that education, training and assessment bodies could use to ensure that financial planners were capable of integrating theory and practice when delivering financial planning to clients.

According to Adv Oosthuizen, the FPSB’s goal is to develop guidance documents and templates for practitioners, employers, educators and certification bodies that will support a robust evaluation of independent and supervised work experience for entrants to the field of financial planning, consistent with approaches taken by more established professions by the end of 2010.

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