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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 and National Museum sign memorandum of agreement
2006-08-31

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the University of the Free State (UFS) and the National Museum.  In the agreement the two institutions give each other access to the education and research facilities of the other in the natural and humanities sciences. Although informal co-operation agreements have existed between the UFS and the National Museum for a while, this is the first time that a formal agreement was signed. 

 

During the signing of the agreement were from the left: Mr Rick Nuttall (Director of the National Museum), Prof Magda Fourie (Vice-Rector:  Academic Planning at the UFS), Ms Kelebone Mokuena (council member of the National Museum) and Rev Kiepie Jaftha (Chief Director: Community Service at the UFS and member of the National Museum's council). Photo: Lacea Loader

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