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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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Gesellig Afrikaans Course CD-ROM launched
2010-10-07

The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently launched the CD-ROM of the new, updated Gesellig Afrikaans Course with Afrikaans, English and Sesotho instructions. At the function an introductory speech was made by Prof. Angelique van Niekerk, who developed the CD-ROM-based Afrikaans acquisition course with the assistance of Ms Riana de Beer (Assistant). Mr Makhele (Frans) Mojalefa, Senior Officer at CHESD and Facilitator of Sesotho courses, who translated the Sesotho instructions in the course, pointed out the importance of language for better relations on campus as was also emphasised by Prof. Hennie van Coller, Head of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French. Pictured from the left, are: Prof. Van Coller, Ms Ida Meiring (course facillitator), Mr Francois Marais (Director: CHESD), Prof. Van Niekerk (Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French), Mr Makhele Mojalefa, Ms Riana de Beer (course coordinator) and Prof. Lucius Botes (Dean: Faculty of the Humanities).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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