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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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Well-known copy writer trains UFS students
2006-10-16

Ms Claire Harrison, well-known copy writer and lecturer from the VEGA advertising school in Johannesburg, presented a workshop on copy writing on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein.  She was invited by the Department of Communication and Information Studies.  The workshop forms part of a greater partnership between this department and the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French to improve skills in the course.  Other partners include the Department of Drama and Theatre Art, the graphic design school DCM and the national radio stations RSG and SAFM.  The workshop also serves as preparation for the advertisements the students must make for the Society of Physically Disabled and Kidz Care Trust.

Here are, from the left, front: Ms Danielle McLachlan (third-year student in Integrated Marketing Communication), Ms Harrison, Dr Angelique van Niekerk (presenter of the course in advertising copy writing and lecturer at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French) and Ms Dalmé Mulder (lecturer at the Department of Communication and Information Studies); back:  Mr Napo Moliana (third-year student in Integrated Marketing Communication).

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