Hey everyone! I hope you're all doing well and not stressing out TOO much...
A-Level results day is tomorrow, and I know a lot of you are going to be feeling scared, nervous... maybe even excited about it? Who am I kidding... definitely not excited.
Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, over the past 10 days across our social media accounts we've been running a little campaign to help prepare/relax you for results day. Today's post will be summarising all the tips we had, just to give you that extra little push for tomorrow! Enjoy!
1 - Relax and enjoy your summer
Let's be honest - your exams are done and dusted now, and there is nothing you can do to change your results. You've got a long summer holiday to enjoy - make the most of it while you still have it and relax.
2 - Don't plan a holiday over results day
If you can avoid it, don't plan a holiday over results day - chances are you'll be super nervous and impatient hearing about all your friends picking up their results at home, and nobody wants to return from their holiday to that dreaded envelope awaiting them at home, do they?
3 - Remember, you are NOT alone
Results day nerves kick in for absolutely everyone, but you need to remember that pretty much the entire UK youth is in this together and you are not the only person feeling anxious about the big day.
4 - This isn't the be-all and end-all
At the end of the day, if you pick up your results and they're not what you expected, remember that exam results are not all there is to life. Of course, they're important, but if it doesn't go the way you wanted, there are other pathways you can take!
5 - Remember you can re-take
Moving on from the previous point: if need be, you can easily re-take exams the year after, and it's something a lot of people do! It's nothing to be ashamed of, and we should be grateful it's such a viable option to us. Everything will be okay!
6 - Get there early!
There'll be queues, hustle and bustle on results day - my advice is to get to school/college as soon as it opens, just to get it out the way. You don't want to be waiting around and letting your thoughts consume you!
7 - Prepare for every outcome
I'm a firm fan of the statement 'hope for the best and expect the worst'. It may sound negative, but if you prepare yourself for every possible outcome, you'll feel in control on the day. Every outcome will lead to a new door, so don't beat yourself up if it's not the one you imagined.
8 - Stay positive
Positivity is EVERYTHING. Whether your nerves are currently getting the better of you and you feel like a bit of a wreck, or you pick up your results and they're not as good as you hoped for, REMAIN positive. Being in a negative mindset will only make you feel worse.
9 - Don't think about it every single day
Easier said than done, but you shouldn't let the thought of results day consume you and take over your well-deserved summer holiday. Like I said, nothing can change your results now, so don't think about them until you're opening that envelope.
10 - Talk to your parents
Funnily enough, preparing your parents for results day can often be more stressful than prepping yourself. Chat to them beforehand and let them know what to expect (i.e. whether you think you've done amazingly or terribly!)
So, there we have it - 10 tips to help prepare you for results day... pre and post. A HUGE good luck to all of our amazing friends picking up results tomorrow morning - speak soon!