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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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Apparatus to register the eye fixations of computer users
2006-01-23

Die Departement Rekenaarwetenskap en Informatika aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV) het 'n gesofistikeerde apparaat ter waarde van R230 000,00 in gebruik geneem waarmee die oogfiksasies van rekenaargebruikers geregistreer kan word.  Die UV is die eerste tersiêre instelling in Afrika wat met 'n hierdie apparaat, genaamd die Eye Tracker, kan spog. 

 

Die Eye Tracker bepaal die presiese punt op die rekenaarskerm waarna 'n gebruiker kyk en sal aangewend word om gebruikerinteraksie met rekenaarprogrammatuur te bestudeer.  Terugvoer aan rekenaarprogramontwikkelaars sal verseker dat programme gebruikersvriendelik is sodat gebruikers nie noodsaaklike interaksie-elemente miskyk nie.  Die Eye Tracker sal ook onder meer deur die UV se Departement Mikrobiese, Biochemiese & Voedselbiotegnologie  gebruik word om te bepaal of studente na die korrekte data in grafieke kyk.

Van links:  Prof. Janse Tolmie (Voorsitter:  Departement  Rekenaar-wetenskap en Informatika aan die UV), me Anne Jansen (van Tobii Technologies in Swede, verskaffer van die Eye Tracker) en prof. Pieter Blignaut (dosent aan die UV se Departement Departement Rekenaarwetenskap en Informatika). Foto: Lacea Loader

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