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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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Registration process in full swing
2013-01-18

Photo: Thabo Motsoane
18 January 2013

The university's registration process is on track with thousands of students preparing for the new academic year. Classes start on 1 February 2013.

As in previous years, the Callie Human Centre will be the central point during the registration process. Students will be able to obtain advice on registration, admission, academic programmes, class fees, residences and other information there.

Senior students were able to register online from 1 January 2013 while walk-in registrations for senior students that live off campus started on 14 January 2012. Senior students that live in residences will register from 28 - 31 January 2013.

New first-year students register from 21 - 25 January 2013.

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