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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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Qwaqwa Campus reopens on Wednesday 18 May 2016
2016-05-16

The Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) will reopen residences on Wednesday 18 May 2016 from 12:00 for occupation by registered students. The library and the overnight study area will also be open to students. Most staff have already returned to campus.

The campus was closed on Thursday 12 May 2016 due to disruptions and protests. The university management condemns in the strongest possible terms, the acts of violence, vandalism, intimidation, and disruption of academic activities that marred the student protests on the Qwaqwa Campus last week. The university’s maintenance team is in the process of repairing damages arising from the protests.

Strict access to the campus and its amenities will be ensured, and students and staff must carry their university access cards with them at all times.

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Tel: +27(0)51 401 3422/2707 or +27(0)83 645 2454
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