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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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Young UFS researchers learn with mentorship programme
2006-11-22

The Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented a research day for young researchers.  The event, which forms part of the faculty’s mentorship programme, gave young researchers the opportunity to deliver their papers, learn from other researchers and share ideas with them. 

Attending the research day were, from the left:  Ms Steffi Cawood (from the UFS Programme for Africa Studies in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice), Prof Engela Pretorius (Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the UFS and mentor), Ms Maryna de Wet (from the UFS Department of Sociology), Ms Nadine Lake (from the  Gender Studies Programme at the UFS) and Ms Katherine Geldenhuys (from the UFS Department of English and Classical Languages).

 

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