Our top tips to prepare for results day

By Kirsty Kearney-Greig, August 06, 2019

A-Level results day is next week and we know a lot of you are going to be feeling scared, nervous, stressed… maybe even excited about it?

Last year Dayna shared her top tips to prepare so we thought we would re-share them so you can support yourself in the lead up to help you cope with results day stress.

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. Waiting for results, preparing for your next steps can be pretty scary. It’s okay to not be okay. If you’re struggling with the stress talk to a family, friends or any free support lines.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!)

Take some time out

Make sure you take some time to try and relax and unwind. Do something that you enjoy, it will hopefully help you take your mind off things, and remember you don’t have to figure everything out right away so take the time you need.

So, there we have it 8 tips to help prepare you for results day. Remember in amongst it all look after yourself and your wellbeing, whatever the outcome there is a path that works for all of you.

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