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Guildford College Exam Tips: How To Deal With Your Exam Results

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Guildford College Exam Tips: How To Deal With Your Exam Results

Published at 2:47pm 9th August 2019.

Waiting for your exam results can be extremely stressful. Panic, guilt, and fear about the future are just some of the many feelings you may be experiencing. There’s nothing wrong with any of this – up and down the country thousands of other young people are experiencing the same emotions.  

Exam results days in 2019:

  • A Level results - Thursday 15 August
  • GCSE results - Thursday 22 August


Don’t bottle your feelings up 

If you’re nervous or anxious, talk about it. Tell your family or friends, or write it down in a diary. Don’t be embarrassed about your feelings – you might think nobody else is feeling this way but chances are they are. Exams are stressful.


Make a plan

Be organised – know what time you’ve got to go and pick up your results and where you need to go.

Making an action plan for the day will help you feel prepared. Think about what you might need to do if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for so you’re not panicking on the day. For example, if your college or university place or job offer is dependent on you getting certain results, have their number handy so that you can call them on the day to see if they’re still willing to offer you the place.

Plan something nice to do with friends or family later in the day so that you have it to look forward to regardless of what happens.

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Get plenty of rest

Sleep may be the last thing on your mind the evening before results day but a good night’s sleep will put you in the best frame of mind to face what lies ahead. Get up nice and early the morning before rather than having a mammoth lie in and do some exercise at some point during the day so that you’re nice and tired when you go to bed.

Avoid too much caffeine, especially six hours before you go to bed, and have a nice, relaxing bath in the evening. Resist the urge to go over and over your exams in your head because it won’t help and there’s really nothing you can do about it now.

It might be an idea to stay off social media if exams are all everyone seems to be talking about because it’ll only make you feel worse. Try reading one of your favourite books instead to help your mind unwind.


Don’t go alone

You may not think you want to take your parents along with you to school, but you’ll probably really appreciate having a family member with you when you get there and the nerves set in. Being with your friends is all well and good - but it might be best to have a family member there as well. Firstly, if you need to go by car they can drive you and your bundle of nerves there and bring you home again. Secondly, if things don’t go according to plan, two heads are better than one when it comes to gathering as much info as possible about your next steps, assessing the options and coming up with a plan of action. Finally, even if they don’t come in handy for either of the above, they might buy you a nice lunch afterwards!


Dealing with your results

However your results go, there's a lot to think about and there are lots of options open to you. If you didn’t get the exam results you were hoping for do not panic. We repeat, do NOT panic! You have plenty of options if you didn’t get the exam grades you wanted. Take a deep breath and start talking. Speak to your teacher, careers adviser, and whoever else you can to find out what you should do next.

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Telling your parents about your results

If you're disappointed with your exam results, you might find it hard to tell your parents or carers. But talking about your results can really help. Your parents or carers can be there to support you and help you make decisions, whatever your results are. Even if they don't react well straight away, they should be there to support you after they've had time to think about it.

If you're worried, it can help to:

  • practice what you'd like to say before you speak to them and prepare yourself for how they might react.
  • tell them as soon as you can instead of putting it off
  • write a letter or show them your results on paper to start the conversation
  •  ask someone like a friend or teacher to be there with you when you tell them.

If you got the exam results you wanted

YAY! A massive well done to you and make sure you celebrate your tremendous achievement. But be aware that others around you may not have had such happy news – so tone down the gloating, shrieking and general madness until you know that there’s no one nearby who’s upset by their results. 


Advice and Guidance Sessions at Guildford College

Whether you're undecided about your future, or your exam results have turned out differently to how you'd expected (for better or worse, it does happen!), it's not too late to come and speak to us about your future.

Our Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) sessions make joining us this September easy!

You can drop in for advice and guidance throughout August and September, speak to tutors and advisors about the options available for you at college, have an interview for your preferred course, and complete your enrolment – all in one day. After visiting us, you will be ready to start your study programme or apprenticeship this September!