Facing results day can be a nerve-wracking experience, no matter if it’s GCSEs, A-Levels, or waiting to hear if you secured a university space through UCAS Clearing! However, with the right mindset and preparation, you can navigate it more smoothly.
To help you keep calm during the results day season, we’ve compiled our best tips to manage your emotions and make the most of the situation.
Stay Calm and Positive
It's natural to feel anxious but try to stay calm and remind yourself that results are just one part of your journey. Maintain a positive outlook and remember that setbacks can often lead to growth opportunities.
You should also bear in mind that you’re not the only one going through this process. Many people who don’t get the results they want on GCSE results day or A-Level results day, or those who find themselves in the UCAS Clearing process, still achieve success and reach their goals.
Understand that not every result will be perfect. Set realistic expectations based on your efforts, the difficulty of the exams, and your previous performance. Sometimes, things might not go as planned, and that's okay because every journey is different.
Your results don't define your worth as a person, they're a reflection of your performance in a specific context. Whether the results are positive or not, they are just one step on your educational journey. If you struggle with exams, maybe try a course option that doesn’t include them like an Access to Higher Education Diploma.
Have a Plan B
If your results aren't what you expected, have a backup plan in place. Research alternative options such as re-sitting exams or exploring educational alternatives.
Some of our educational alternatives include:
- Level 2 Functional Skills Qualifications – Provide the equivalent of a grade C/4 in GCSE English and Maths
- Access to Higher Education Diplomas – Provide the equivalent of up to 3 separate A-Levels
- Degree Pathways – Provide a guaranteed route to university so you can skip the UCAS Clearing stress!
Either way, having a backup plan can alleviate a lot of your worries.
Talk to Someone
Don't bottle up your feelings, instead, share your concerns with friends, family, or a mentor. Talking about your worries can help you process your emotions and gain different perspectives. We also have Course Advisors on hand who are happy to run you through our alternative course options.
Focus on What You Can Control
While you can't change your results after they're out, you can control how you react and what you do next. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your study habits and identify areas for improvement. Our blog provides a wealth of study tips and explores your backup options in great detail.
Learn from the Experience
Regardless of the outcome, there's always something to learn. If your results are great, figure out what study methods worked well for you. If they're not as expected, identify what you can do differently in the future.
Stay Active and Healthy
Engage in physical activities, eat well, and get enough sleep. Taking care of your physical health can positively impact your mental state and help you deal with stress.
Celebrate Your Achievements
Regardless of the outcome, celebrate the hard work you put in to prepare for the exams. Every step forward is an accomplishment, and you should take pride in your efforts.
Set New Goals
Once you've processed your results, set new goals for yourself. Whether it's continuing your education, pursuing a hobby, or developing new skills, having goals can give you a sense of purpose and direction.
Remember, results day is just a moment in time. Your education and personal growth are ongoing processes that extend far beyond this single event. Embrace the challenges and opportunities that come your way, keep moving forward, and remember every journey is different.