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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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ANC Centenary Seminar on "The African National Congress and the International Community, 1960 to 1990"

Prof. Stephen Ellis, a historian by profession who holds the Desmond Tutu chair in the Faculty of Social Science at the Free University Amsterdam and also senior researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands, is soon to deliver a paper titled The African National Congress and the International Community, 1960 to 1990 at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, during the next session of the ANC Centenary Seminar hosted by the Centre for Africa Studies.

  • Date: 24 October 2011
  • Time: 18:00
  • Venue: CR Swart Senate Hall
For more information please contact Ms Kamo Dipico at telephone 051 401 3121, fax 051 401 9676 or email

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