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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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43rd Conference of Agricultural Economics
2005-10-06

During the 43rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) 13 of the 30 papers (excluding invited papers) were presented by students and staff from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS).  The conference was attended by 24 students and 12 lecturers from the department. 

 

 

From left:  Prof André Jooste (chairperson: Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS), Mr Andries Jordaan (awarded 2nd price in the category for the best M Sc thesis), Mr Dikus van Wyk (awarded 2nd price in the category for best student essay in agricultural economics), Mr Pieter Taljaard (best article published in the past 12 months in Agrekon, accredited journal of AEASA) and Mr Henry Jordaan (best 4th year student in agricultural economics in 2004 at the UFS).

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