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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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Dimtec receives bursaries of R1.1 Million for masters degree programme
2007-05-24

The Disaster Management Training and Education Centre (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State (UFS) received bursaries to the value of R1.1 Million from the Departments of Science and Technology, Water and Forestry and Local Government for the masters programme in Disaster Management. The departments will collectively give R1.1 Million per year for the next five (5) years to the programme. This year altogether 15 students have already received bursaries from the fund, which is administered by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Attending the launch of the bursary fund were, from the left: Mr Chris Swiegers (Department of Water and Forestry), Mr Lance Williams (Head of the National Disaster Management Centre), Prof. Magda Fourie (Vice-Rector: Academic Planning at the UFS), Ms Ramadolela Lindelani (M.Sc. student) and Mr Andries Jordaan (Director of DiMTEC).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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