I know how nerve-wracking it can be leading up to results day, whether that be for GCSE’s or for A Levels. I was nervous each year I had to walk up to my school to collect my results and the thought about it is even worse – especially in the day.
Since I’ve already been and gone through that process I thought that this would be a good opportunity to give you some tips to prepare for results day, whether that be GCSE or A Levels; they’re both just as nerve-wracking.
Firstly, relax as much as possible. You don’t want to be stressed out and panicking on results day. You know yourself how hard you have worked and whatever will be will be. Remember that you have already sat your exams and no amount of panicking will change the result. There will be teachers there at your school to assist you if you have an queries about your results and where to go from there.
Distract yourself. It could also be a good idea to distract yourself in the running up to results day. Meet up with your friends and ban the topic of results day. Just try to keep yourself busy. On results day, maybe listen to your favourite music to distract yourself.
Go through the different outcomes. Write down or at least think about the different outcomes that could possibly happen on results day and how you could resolve them. For example, if you need a C in Maths at GCSE, the worst outcome is that you don’t achieve that. What can you do? Talk to your teachers about resitting it in college/sixth form. At least this way you can prepare yourself for different situations you may end up in.
On the night before results day, make sure you relax. Watch a movie or watch something you know you’ll enjoy on Netflix. You’re going to have some nerves still, but it’s important to be as relaxed as possible in the run up to you collecting your results.
Get a good night’s sleep. This is important so that you can focus on results day and so that you’re prepared if your results don’t turn out as you would have hoped. It will help you to focus on what to do next, getting plenty of sleep is better than being tired on an important day.
Meet up with a friend or go in with a family member. I think meeting up with a friend and collecting the results is better than going in alone like I was going to do. I accidentally met up with someone on GCSE results day and we agreed to meet up with each other again the next year. It really does help.
Lastly, your grades don’t define you. Results day doesn’t go as planned for everybody. People might miss their university offers or they may have to look for alternatives to the route they originally wanted to go down. But your grades do not define you as a person.
It’s okay to be upset, but don’t beat yourself up over it. Pick yourself back up and dust yourself off, everything will fall into place eventually even if it takes a bit of time. Your grades really aren’t the end of the world, although it may seem like that in the moment.
Don’t compare yourself to others. On the day it can be really easy to compare your grades to someone else’s grades and feel awful. Focus on yourself and your own grades, by all means be happy for others, just don’t compare your results. Everyone is on their own path and journey.
I hope this post helped anybody that needs it. I wish you all the best of luck on results day, whatever the outcome may be for you! Things will always find a way of working out in the end.
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