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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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Faculty of Law presents research conference


The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS), Rhodes University and the Potchefstroom and Mafikeng campuses of the North-West University presented a research conference on the UFS Main Campus in Bloemfontein to discuss the progress of research at the law faculties of the respective universities.

Attending the conference were, from the left: Mr Bradley Smith (organiser from the UFS Faculty of Law), Prof. Rob Midgley (Dean: Faculty of Law, Rhodes University); Appeals Court Judge Ian Farlam (guest speaker); Prof Johan Henning (Dean: Faculty of Law at the UFS); Appeals Court Judge Fritz Brand (guest speaker); Prof. Elizabeth Snyman-Van Deventer (organiser from the UFS Faculty of Law), Prof. Christa Rautenbach (Potchefstroom campus, University of the North-West) and Prof. Philip Iya (Mafikeng campus, University of the North-West).

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