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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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Invitation to the Dialogue between Science and Society Series


Left, Letlapa Mphahlele, former Director of Operations of the PAC with Ginn Fourie, whose daughter, Lyndi, was killed in the Heidelberg bombing in 1993.  
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15 March 2013

Invitation (pdf)

The office of Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela invites you to the first event in our Dialogue between Science and Society Series for 2013.

This event is entitled Forgiveness, Living Reconciliation: The Stories and the Scholarship.

The stories of forgiveness and reconciliation feature: Olga Macingwane, Jeanette Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele.

Respondents are Dr Juliet Rogers from the University of Melbourne in Australia and Dr Deon Snyman, Chairperson of the Worcester Hope and Reconciliation Process.

  • Date: Tuesday 19 March 2013
  • Time: 12:00 - 14:00
  • Place: CR Swart Building, Senate Hall (Bloemfontein Campus)


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