Feeling queasy at the thought of results day? Here are our tips on how to calm your nerves and survive the day.
Don’t think about it
Of course, that’s pretty impossible. The prospect of results is probably buzzing round your head non-stop. But try not to think about it. Do anything you can to keep your mind from dwelling on results. Here’s a list of ways to distract yourself before the big moment.
And when you arrive at school/sixth form/the correct web page, still don’t think about it. Don’t become a quivering mess. Just open them up like the calm, efficient human that you are.
Don’t worry about other people
You might like to go somewhere quiet to open your results. Or you might be fine opening them in front of others. Either way, don’t allow people to get to you. There are always those people who like Results Day more than any other day of the year. Don’t let their grins bother you.
Feel free to let your results sink in before you share them with other people. Think about your results as an achievement in themselves, not in relation to other people’s grades. And if you’re thrilled with your results, don’t go bragging to those around you. You wouldn’t want to demoralise your friends (well, you might want to, but don’t).
Check whether you should get any papers remarked
Examiners have been known to get results wrong. If you’ve got a mark that’s wildly unexpected, try not to panic and speak to your subject teacher about whether it’s worth sending the paper off to be remarked. Marks are more likely to change for subjective subjects like English and History than they are for Maths, where there’s a fairly rigid mark scheme.
If you are opting for a remark, it’s best to do this as soon as possible. And remember, a remark grade is final (you won’t be able to go back to your original mark) so think about the possibility that your grade could go down as well as up when you’re deciding what to do.
Consider resits (but think carefully!)
If you’ve haven’t got the grade you want/need, it might be worth considering a resit. You can resit Maths GCSE, English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE in November, but you’d have to wait until next summer to resit other GCSE subjects. Think carefully though: because of new “100% terminal” rules, you’ll have to retake all the papers for that subject (excluding coursework) rather than just the paper you didn’t do well in. So it might be a lot of work to retake.
On the plus side though you’ll already know the material, so you’ll be miles ahead of the people in the year below. The best thing to do is have a chat with your subject teacher and your parents, to decide whether a retake is worthwhile. If you do decide to move forward with retakes, it’s a good idea to find a tutor to help you brush up on key topics and techniques in the run up to the exam – your A level teacher won’t revise GCSE material with you!
If you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, don’t let results get you down. If you’re thrilled with your marks, bask in your own glory. Either way, you can give yourself a massive (mental) pat on the back. You’ve achieved so much over the past year. And now that it’s over, you deserve to give yourself a treat.
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Written by a guest blogger