Results Day!

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!

-H.E

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Exams.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid person in this world, only lazy people.”

– My Father

When I think how close exam season is, my heart pounds. I’ve never been a stupid child but nor have I ever been a genius and I think that’s a blessing because it’s taught me that I have to work hard to achieve what I want. Sometimes, I do feel like the most stupid child in the world because I give up because I think about how I can’t do it and how I’m going to fail. Then I think how lucky I am to be able to have the access to education and an especially good one where there are wide range of resources that I can easily access and I feel motivated again because at the end I believe if I tried my very best and come out with a average grades, I still gave it all I had and that would make me content because I know I went into the exam knowing I completed the exam paper to the best of my ability and there was nothing else that I could do.

But, you see, that’s the problem I will never be able to go into an exam knowing that I completed it to the best of my ability because I know I could always do more. The times that I checked my phone for a few minutes, the mornings where I laid in for five more minutes could’ve been spent to do that tiny bit more revision and obviously the time that I use to type my thoughts up. I’ve even decided to restrain myself from reading because I know once I start reading my mind would be entrapped in that book that I wouldn’t be able to revise.

But all this is futile if I don’t get the grades that I want, that I so desperately need even if I was to spend that five more minutes revising or go into the exam fully prepared and do everything to the best of my ability if I were to come out of the hall on results day with my results in hand without grades that seem passable to my parents everything I’d done beforehand would be an utter and complete waste. I would never be able to bear the look on my parents face when they expected so much of me; the times where they’ve made me laugh and smile and feel the warmth that only they could give me, give me the love that I don’t even deserve and the least that they wanted in return was the grades that I produce to be good ones. It would put me in utter despair seeing that look on my parents and knowing that I was responsible for it. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself, and that’s why I tell myself that I have to do it, get the grades I want because I can and I’m not stupid, I can get the grades I want and I will get the grades I want. That is currently my biggest motivation.

~ H.E