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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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Diarise dates for Astronomy Fair
2013-04-01

 

10 April 2013

The festival will be held on the Bloemfontein Campus in the Callie Human Centre on 27 April 2013 from 09:45 - 13:00 and on the Qwaqwa Campus in the Nelson Mandela Hall on 4 May 2013 from 12:00 - 15:00.

You are invited to:

  • observe the sun through a specially equipped telescope;
  • witness the launching of demo rockets;
  • see exhibits explaining how astronomy and other sciences interact
  • hear the latest news about SKA-South Africa and astronomy developments in Bloemfontein
  • explore the latest astronomy applications for your iPhone/ iPad

Entrance is free and you are welcome to bring the whole family. There will be tuck-shop facilities available as well as products from exhibitors to be bought.

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