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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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Bullying in schools discussed at inaugural lecture
2005-05-24

Prof Corene de Wet, from the Department of Comparative Education and Education Management at the University of the Free State (UFS), will deliver her inaugural lecture on Wednesday 1 June 2005 at 19:00 in the CR Swart Auditorium on campus.  

The topic of the lecture is Bullying in schools:  Everyone’s problem.

Prof de Wet studied at the Universities of Potchefstroom and the Free State. Her career began in 1975 as a teacher at the Ermelo High School.  After a period as a History and Afrikaans teacher at various secondary schools in the Free State, she was appointed as senior lecturer at the UFS in 1992, and thereafter as Associate Professor (2002) and Professor (July 2004).

In her academic career of 14 years, Prof de Wet has authored/co-authored 42 publications, of which 32 articles have been published in accredited scientific journals. She has presented five international and 12 national conference papers. She was honoured for academic excellence (1984, UFS) and research excellence (2004, UFS). Her research focuses on crime in education, as well as cultural diversity as an important educational issue. So far 17 M Ed and two Ph D students graduated under her supervision.

Prof de Wet is assistant editor of Acta Academica and SA-eDUC Electronic Journal. She is a member of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, the Education Association of South Africa, the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society and the International Cultural Research Network.

For any enquiries, please contact Ms Joan Nel at (051) 401-9301.

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24 May 2005
 

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