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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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SMS service for exam results
2005-05-24

Students at the University of the Free State (UFS) can now also receive their exam results via SMS. 

“The service will be implemented with the mid-year exams, which started this week,” said Mr Vernon Collett, Registrar:  Academic Student Services at the UFS.

“The exam results will, as always, be made available by the department involved and the SMS service will be updated on a daily basis by means of computers,” said Mr Collett.

According to Mr Collett the service is quick and easy and results are sent within seconds.  He explains that a students will be able to obtain their module results during the exam by sending the word UFS and their student number to 35606. 

“Although students could already obtain their exam results from the UFS web page, this service provides them the opportunity to obtain their results at any time and place,” said Mr Collett.

The service is applicable to MTN, Vodacom and Cell-C users at a cost of R3 per SMS.

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24 May 2005
 

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