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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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Open Day 2016 to feature best of Kovsies
2016-05-04

At this year’s annual Open Day on 14 May 2016 on the Bloemfontein Campus, prospective students for 2017 were able to apply for their studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) at an on-site application centre. The application fee has been waived. Assistance was also provided regarding the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs), accommodation in residences, and bursaries, amongst others.

A similar Open Day will be hosted on the Qwaqwa Campus on 21 May 2016. The programme can be viewed here.

The Open Day featured an official welcoming ceremony in the morning for parents and learners, with entertainment by the pianist, Charl du Plessis, as well as a laser show. The informal session for school groups featured the urban pop singer, Kyle Deutsch, as guest artist, as well as a laser show and a team-building session by TeamBo.

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