Coping with exam results day
Judgement Day is just around the corner for students everywhere (or has just passed, if you're in Scotland) and it's a bit of a weird one this year. Whether you've taken GCSEs, SQAs, Scottish Highers or A-levels, let The Mix hold your hand for the results and beyond.
Exam results day is different this year
We know this isn’t the results day you had planned. You didn’t actually take your exams so you’re not sure what to expect, and instead of going into school to get your results with your mates, you’re waiting for an email. It all feels like a bit of an anticlimax.
It’s tough not being able to share this moment with your friends, but there are still ways you can celebrate together! Take part in One Space’s online Summer Prom on Wednesday 12th August at 8pm and watch acts like James Bay while you dance around your living room, along with thousands of other young people across the country.
- The event is being streamed here and you can also listen on Hits Radio.
- Worried about the impact of lockdown on your results? You can find out more about coping with uncertainty about school and exams by reading our article here.
- Head to our community boards to speak to other young people who are going through the same thing you are.
It’s natural to feel uptight about results day, but there’s a great deal that you can do beforehand to help sleep at night. Start by drawing up a list of contacts you might need to call upon when your grades have come through. It’s also not too late to get in touch with your careers advisor if you’re after a last-minute chat.
We’re here for you, too. You’ll find more peace of mind by reading these articles:
- Exam result stress – Recognise it and then deal with it.
- Nervous? – Understanding anxiety.
- Prevent those panic attacks – Or at least cope with them when they happen.
On results day
Don’t think of it as the end of one stressful episode in your life. Results are really the beginning, so it’s vital that you don’t just get hammered straight away, but review your options carefully. Talk to your careers advisor or form tutor – they’ll be on hand on the day, so keep that beer on ice until you know what next step you’ll be taking. You could also call the UCAS exam results helpline on 0800 100 900.
- Low A-level results? – The Mix explains your options, and covers Scottish Highers, too.
- Low GCSE or SQA results? – Don’t panic!
- University clearing – You can still find a place now you’ve got your results.
- Adjustment – what to do if your results are better than expected
Results are all about options, whether you got the grades you wanted, exceeded your expectations, or messed up badly. So don’t despair if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, or feel somehow you’re a failure compared to your mates. Exams can always be retaken, and if they’re not for you there’s always an alternative way for you to shine.
- Getting a job – Move up that career ladder.
- Alternatives to university – You don’t have to go, you know.
If you need some support coping with results day
Get in touch with our team, who are here to listen and to talk through any issues you might be having.
- Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. Search their website for information, research, and to see how you could get involved.
- Mind offers advice and support to people with mental health problems. Their helpline runs nine to six from Monday to Friday. 0300 123 3393
- Our Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, you can text THEMIX to 85258
- If you're under 25 and would like free confidential telephone counselling from The Mix to help you figure things out complete this form and we'll call you to arrange your first session.
- Chat about this subject on our Discussion Boards.
- Need help but confused where to go locally? Download our StepFinder iPhone app to find local support services quickly.
By Holly Turner
Updated on 11-Aug-2020
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