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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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Eunice wins National Astronomy Quiz
2007-10-30

 

A team from Eunice Primary School won the National Astronomy Quiz last week. The team, who won the Free State leg of the competition held at the University of the Free State's Boyden Observatory, competed against five other teams from Soshanguve and Muldersdrift in Gauteng, Springbok in the Northern Cape, Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. The competition, held at the Hartebeeshoek Radio Observatory near Krugersdorp, is presented by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), an agency of the National Research Foundation (NRF). SAASTA aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. Staff from the UFS Boyden Observatory provided advice and assistance to the Eunice team. Here are, from the left: Naomi Steinberg, Ms Mia Zeelie (team coach and teacher at Eunice Primary School), Jacquis Ras, Jodie Muller, Pragya Dawadi and Ms Ina Roos (Organiser of the National Astronomy Quiz from SAASTA).
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