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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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Staff and postgraduate students trained in research funding opportunities

 Staff and postgraduate students learning more about research funding opportunities
15 March 2013
Photo: Linda Fekisi

Staff and postgraduate students from our university attended a training session by Research Professionals Africa (RPA) on the Bloemfontein Campus.

RPA is a collaborative initiative between Research Ltd (UK), the South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). It provides an extensive range of opportunities for funding ranging from institutional grants, travel awards and postgraduate scholarships to scientific fellowships across disciplines.

The session was presented by Refilwe Masiba, Officer at the Office for International Affairs. She explained that RPA acts as a platform which offers researchers the opportunity to seek out available research funding opportunities in Africa and other regions of the world. “This is a platform that is available on all of our three campuses. It is the first of three training sessions which are set to take place here at the main campus,” she said.

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