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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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Workshops in copy writing
2005-10-06

The Department of Communication and Information Studies in partnership with the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) this week presented several work shops in copy writing primarily for students studying Integrated Marketing Communication.

The course in copy writing presented at the UFS expanded in such a way that partnerships and interdisciplinary cooperation with other parties such as the graphic design school DCM, the marketing agency Twotone, two national radio stations, RSG and SAFm and the Department of Music at the UFS were formed. 

 

 

Some of the people involved in the interdisciplinary partnership who attended the workshop are from left Dr Angelique van Niekerk (Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the UFS), Mr Jacques Coetzee (Marketing Manager at RSG), Mr Jeré Möller (associated to DCM Graphic Design School and post graduate student in Media Language at the UFS), Ms Dalmé Mulder (lecturer at the UFS Department of Communication and Information Studies) and Mr Anton Esterhuyse (lecturer in Music Technology at the UFS Department of Music.


Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Strategic Communication Division
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
BLOEMFONTEIN, 9300
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Fax: (051) 444-6393
 

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