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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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New Engineering Graphics Education classrooms
2014-02-19

 From the left are: Nixon Teis, lecturer; Johan Coetzee, discipline coordinator; Prof Okkie Combrinck, lecturer; Annamarie Otto, lecturer; Prof Sechaba Mahlomaholo, Head: School MNST; Albert Kemp, lecturer and Izak Scott, student assistant.

New Engineering Graphics Education classrooms enrich, empower and enhance education

This year, Technology Education at the university will embark on a new endeavour. The development of new Engineering Graphics Education classrooms and a Technology laboratory will help shape excellence in the work of future educational technology students. These classrooms will be equipped with the latest educational and technological equipment to meet the needs of current and future students.

The new expansion will form part of the current Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (MNST) Education Building, situated across the road from the Winkie Direko Education Building. Technology education embarks on a journey to enrich, empower and enhance education students. It aims to ensure that students will not only evolve in their teaching profession, but also establish a level of excellence that will drive their generation to become Technology educational leaders in their community. The educational laboratories are set for completion during middle September 2014.

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