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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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New building for study material centre underway
2012-09-05

Architect illustration of new Xerox Building.
5 September 2012

Construction on a building for Xerox, which is currently housed in the UFS Sasol library, will start later this year, as soon as the budget is finalised, says Nico Janse van Rensburg of Physical Planning.

The UFS Sasol library is in the process of re-allocating existing space to make it more efficient for users. Services that are not directly associated with the library, like Xerox, will be moved to another site.

An easily accessible site near the Provisioning Building in Rector’s Avenue has been identified. The building will provide for the printing of documents, storage of documents as well as a reception desk where documents can be collected.

The design proposal also endeavours to incorporate green concepts such as passive ventilation, efficient daylight use as well as light steel building construction with higher rated insulation capacities in the brickwork.

The building is expected to be completed in March 2013.
 

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