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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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University of Leeds professor an inspiration
2016-09-19

Description: Academic Conversation  Tags: Academic Conversation

Prof Shirley Anne Tate, Associate Professor
at the University of Leeds; Eddie de Wet and
Emme-Lancia Faro, both from Student
Communities; Pura Mgolombane, Dean of
Student Affairs; and Dr WP Wahl, Assistant
Director of Student Communities.
Photo: Qhamani Tshazi

Prof Shirley Anne Tate from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom inspired students at the second Academic Conversation held at the University of the Free State on the Bloemfontein Campus.

“Academics such as Prof Tate play a vital role in building bridges between students with high demands of ‘transformation’ and university managements that struggle to meet students halfway.”

These were the words of Jani Swart, current Primaria of Welwitschia residence, who attended the dialogue session. She said, however, she wished that more students had the opportunity and willingness to be guided by Prof Tate.

Prof Tate is an Associate Professor in Race and Culture at the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She is also a visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at UFS.

Professor Tate captivated the students when she addressed them on the topic of Wellbeing in Higher Education Institutions.

The Academic Conversation was hosted by the Office of Student Affairs on 1 August 2016.

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