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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 Colloquium opened up debate about South African youth and sexuality
2013-04-29

For the first time in South Africa, the subject sexuality education has been comprehensively opened up for debate.

The Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State (UFS) convened a colloquium this week that dealt with the field of sexuality and education in South Africa, how sexuality is taught and how it should be taught.

Entitled “Sexuality, Society and Pedagogy,” the colloquium was addressed by leading researchers in the fields of education and sociology, and covered topics such as: how to teach sex education most effectively; how teachers should deal with their own preconceptions and values when dealing with sensitive topics; how school children view sex, gender, disability, homosexuality and homophobia; the implications of teaching the subject incorrectly; and the role that educators could and should play in forming the gender-based world view of their young charges.

Please read the attached document for the complete story on the colloquium.

 

 

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