Results day is a day that all students who have taken exams in England find out what they got. This year it falls on the 13th August (A-Level) and 20th August (GCSE). I just finished my first year of A-Levels so my results come out on the 13th August. Am I nervous? Truthfully? Not really, either I don’t know what nervous feels like or I’m not nervous. I know a ton of people who are shaking thinking about their results and what they’re going to get.
So I want to give them a few tips to stay calm and not panic:
1) Do not think about it: I know this is probably really hard since you care so much about your results, I would advise you to immerse yourself in something you enjoy to take your mind off it (like reading).
2) Think positive: Don’t sit there calculating your results because it’s not good for you. No matter what happens on results day remember your results don’t define who you are and there’s always other options, for example, retaking modules to get the grade you want (A-Levels). For GCSE it’s a good experience and you shouldn’t worry too much about your results in hand, you’ve still got two years of exam to redeem yourself considering your results does not represent your true ability. Also, do not degrade yourself, do not sit there and tell yourself that you failed, that is the worst possible thing you could do.
3) Sleep: Since I went through this process last year for GCSE I think the best thing you can do the night before is just sleep. It will keep you awake and more optimistic for the day after and you may be surprised how it will change your view of things.
4) Be proud: And for the actual day of the results be proud of your results. You tried your best and that’s all you can ask of yourself no matter what they say, and what they feel about your results, it’s what you think about them. If you’re a bit disappointed with your results, ask yourself why and improve on it, make it into a positive matter. If you’re proud of your results and, lets say, your parents aren’t it’s your results and don’t be put down by them because you’re studying for yourself not for them and it’s your life not theirs. At the end, it’s you who’s going to be doing and enjoying what you do in the future not them but saying that don’t disregard them because they only care about you.
That’s the end of my tips that I think I’ve gathered from last year and the course of this year. I hardly ever become nervous unless it’s something that will massively involve my life and death and I know coming from an Asian background it probably is but as long as I’m fine with my results my parents reaction aren’t that much anymore after I’ve thought about it. I used to be so worried about what my parents think but it’s my life and although it affects them too, but if I came out with a degree that gave me a well paid job but I absolutely detest that job, it’s me living my life and it’ll be me who is miserable for the rest of my life and not them so I decided that it’s my choice what to do with my life and not theirs although I do take into account what they think.
Anyways, for everyone who is getting their results this Thursday or next Thursday or results whenever, I wish you good luck and best wishes for the future and for A2 students I hope you get into the university you want. And stay positive!