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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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Prof. Louis Scott Receives Fellowship from the Royal Society of South Africa
2011-10-12

 

Prof. Louis Scott
Photo: Merwelene van der Merwe

Prof. Louis Scott from our Department of Plant Sciences was formally rewarded the Fellowship of Royal Society of South Africa (RSSA) at a ceremony in Cape Town.

Prof. Scott is an internationally recognised Palinologist at the university and a B-rated scientist.

The RSSA is one of the oldest scientific academies in South Africa. It dates back to the 1820s, and was formally known as the South African Philosophical Society in 1877. The society received its present name through a grant of the Royal Charter in 1908.

Although the society has a number of members, the exceptional category of Fellows is elected by existing Fellows, on the basis of their scientific excellence in works published.

Fellows of the RSSA are considered to be part of a very elite group of South African scientists who have achieved international acknowledgment.

The UFS is proud of the achievement of Prof. Scott, who is presently the only UFS academic to hold this honour.

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