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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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Annual congress: Biological sciences division
2006-10-12

The annual congress of the Biological Sciences Division of the South African Academy for Science and Arts was held at the University of the Free State (UFS).  The congress was hosted by the Directorate Research Development.  This event creates and opportunity for established scientists and especially young biologists to report on their research activities with presentations and posters.  The theme was open for any work of biological nature.  Prof Neil Heideman (Vice-dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences) was the guest speaker.

A cash prize was awarded to mr CF Botha for the best poster. From the left: Dr MM Theron (Department of Medical Microbiology, UFS), Mr. Botha (Department of Plant Sciences, UFS), Prof. Henk Bouwman (School for Environmental Sciences and development, University of North West), Prof. Frans Swanepoel (Director Research Development, UFS) en Prof. Willie van Aardt (School for Environmental Sciences and development, University of North West).

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