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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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UFS celebrates World Book and Copyright Day
2013-04-23

 

Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day were left: Betsy Eister (Director of the UFS Library and Information Services), Senovia Welman (librarian at the UFS Sasol Library) and Prof Charles Dumas (visiting senior professor in the Department: Drama and Theatre Arts).
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Linda Fekisi
23 April 2013

 The UFS Library and Information Services (UFS LIS) joined the world of literature on 23 April 2013 in celebrating World Book and Copyright Day. Kovsie staff and students were treated to a display of literary works by South African and international authors in the Sasol Library on the Bloemfontein Campus.

The theme chosen for 2013 was, “In Books I Find …,” and the display featured pictures of members of the senior leadership with their favourite books. The theme is endorsed by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Marcus Maphile, Assistant Director of the UFS LIS, says the purpose of this day is to instill a culture of reading and to highlight important copyright issues. “Libraries regard books and reading as central to nation-building and as tools to stretch the imagination of young South Africans, in particular. This day aims to challenge young people to think outside the box about what can be found in books, beyond words and illustrations.”

Prof Charles Dumas, visiting senior professor in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, was the guest speaker at the event and read from Stephen Clingman’s book, titled Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, during his address.

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