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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 career opportunities now possible with a degree in Computer Information Systems
2015-08-25

Are you a matric learner interested in a future career as systems analyst, IT manager, business analyst or IT entrepreneur? If so, the University of the Free State is the best place for you.

From 2016 the Department of Computer Science and Informatics in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers a new degree in Computer Information Systems.

The Baccalaureus in Computer Information Systems, or BCIS, is an exciting new degree that opens doors for the IT fanatic who wants to be a manager as well. Besides Computer Science and Informatics you will also receive training in the application of Information Technology in the corporate world with modules in Computer Assisted Programming, Systems Infrastructure and Integration, as well as Information Systems in organisations. To enroll for this course you need an admission point of 30+ and a pass rate of at least 50% for Mathematics.

Contact Jaco Marais at +27 (0)51 401-2929 or maraisj@ufs.ac.za for more information

 

 

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