As I’m sure some of you are, I am very very worried for results day this year! My results day is actually tomorrow (cry) as I’ve done my A Levels this year but GCSE results are also a week tomorrow, so I thought that this post would be relevant for quite a few people!
Ok so the first thing to remember is that any results, whether they are GCSE or A Level, are not the be all and end all of your life. They do matter, the amount of which they matter depends on what you want to do in the future, but they are not everything. Stay calm and try to enjoy them, take your grades as feedback on your performance, exams can always be resat no matter what level you’re at.
Don’t get worked up the night before. Honestly, the worst thing you can do is cry and stress and toss and turn all night the night before, I’ve done it. Try and sleep so that you can get up early and get ready to collect your results feeling as revived and calm as possible, a good mindset is needed in order to prepare yourself.
Have a rough plan of what to do if it all goes wrong. I know people might tell you to be hopeful and not to think of the worst, but if it all really does come crashing down then the last thing that you want is to be an emotional mess with no back-up plan. Plan just in case, this always makes me feel so much better!
Channel your energy by doing something productive and occupy your mind the day before. As I’ve said, you want to get as much sleep as possible the night before. So in the day, tire yourself out! Plan to do something with family or friends to occupy your mind and keep you calm!
Do things that make you feel better. I’m not gonna lie, I have a pre-exam results day ritual which involves a warm bath, a good film and my worry stone (works for me).
Take someone with you to collect your results. Even if you don’t want them to come inside with you, have them on standby or waiting outside so that you have somebody to go to if it goes wrong, that way you won’t be alone if you’re upset.
Open your results in a quiet corner alone, so that you don’t hear anyone else’s or get hounded to tell other people yours. This has happened to me a few times and, whilst I’ve not been upset, it’s still highly annoying and would be even worse if you are upset!
If you are upset or worried at any point as to what to do next, speak to a teacher you trust! Chances are the teachers at your results day will all be really supportive and many of them dedicate the full day to students, meaning you can arrange to have a one-on-one chat with them that day if you’re unsure as to what to do next!
Finally, just stay calm. This year will mark my 6th results day in 5 years and, if there’s anything I’ve learnt it’s that results are unpredictable. Some of the exams that I’ve felt went the worst have ended up being my best results and vice-versa, you really cannot call it!
Depending on how my results go, I may be slightly vacant from social media tomorrow! So I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a final good luck, I hope you all get what you wanted and are super happy!