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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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Keys to good time management
2016-11-04

Description: Academic Reboot Pack 2.0    Tags: Academic Reboot Pack 2.0

Unlocking the secret to good time
management is vital to ensure a
successful academic year.
Photo: Pixabay

“If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.” – Mark Twain

Tackling your most important task first

The biggest, most important task which you tend to avoid because you do not know how to start, is known as your ‘frog’. As a student, it is vital that you get into the habit of tackling your most important task first thing in the morning to achieve high performance and productivity levels.

As exercise is to a diet, so is ‘eating your frog’ to your daily routine. Make it a priority without spending too much time thinking about it.

Time management apps

The Academic Reboot Pack 2.0 is aimed at helping students take control and get them moving towards successfully completing the 2016 academic year. The pack builds on Academic Reboot Pack 1.0 and provides helpful time management apps to help students manage their time more effectively.

The Any.do App allows you to organise your day by allowing you to create reminders, to-do lists, and notes which is saved on Any.do’s user-friendly interface. MyHomework, with its reliability and simplicity, helps you manage your academic life through its modern design and easy use.

Get your copy of the Academic Reboot Pack 2.0 on  Blackboardunder announcements or click here to download it.

Also see the first Academic Reboot Pack.

If students have any question or queries regarding the Academic Reboot Pack, they can send an email to: advising@ufs.ac.za.

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