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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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Another Architecture student scoops prestigious prize
2012-06-13

 

Wynand Viljoen (right) receives his prize from Dr Riaan Els, CEO of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation.
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The Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation has, over the past five years, annually awarded prestige prizes of R50 000 each to three honours students in Architecture in South Africa. This year Wynand Viljoen from the Department of Architecture scooped one of these prizes. The students are judged on the previous three years’ studies, a portfolio and a presentation to the panel of judges. They are also given a project to complete over a period of 24 hours.

Martie Bitzer, the head of the department, says, “We are very pleased that we can offer proof of a well structured course in this way, as well as an excellent student!”

 

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