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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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State of our campuses: All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016
2016-09-27

All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016

All academic and administrative services on the three campuses of the University of the Free State (UFS) will resume on Tuesday 27 September 2016. 

The following decisions regarding the academic calendar are confirmed:

1. Students who missed tests and/or lectures from 19 to 26 September 2016 are requested to contact their respective faculties as from Tuesday 27 September 2016. This arrangement is also applicable to students whose tests and/or classes were disrupted on Monday 19 September 2016.
2. All tests and lectures scheduled from 27-30 September 2016 will continue as normal.
3. The holiday will take place as scheduled in the official university calendar (i.e. 3-7 October 2016).
4. Exams will continue as scheduled in the official university calendar. The main exam will still take place from 24 October to 12 November 2016, and the additional exam will take place from 14 November to 2 December 2016.

The necessary safety measures will be in place on all three campuses.

During a peaceful march, the senior leadership furthermore received a memorandum from the Free Education Movement (FEM) on the Bloemfontein Campus this afternoon, and will respond within the time frame agreed upon.

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