Thought I should post something that is much more closely related to the title of this blog than some of the things that I have been posting recently (summer holiday’s make me get that travel itch).

Results day is horrible. There’s no two ways about it. After finally calming down after the stress of exams it gets to a couple of weeks before results day and you just snap. Its like all of a sudden you’re sitting those exams all over again, all at once.

Even if you worked really hard there is always the fear that it wasn’t enough.

I’d just like to say that I love education and understand the need to be tested. Although, I really do not understand why it has been deemed ok to put young people through so much stress. It really can’t be good for us.

Here are some tips to help on results day.

  1. Have everything you need: UCAS logins, phone numbers for universities, the lot. You might not be planning to fail, but that doesn’t mean you need to fail to plan. The Student Room Results Day
  2. Research Clearing. As above really, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Plus, there are often plenty of places available in clearing, some people aren’t accepted by their insurance choice but go through clearing and get a place at the same uni on the same course. Clearing Article from 2014
  3. Research Adjustment. You may have done better than expected and decide that you fancy somewhere different than you originally picked at the start of the school year. Adjustment 2015
  4. Know the whens and wheres. Do you need to go into college to collect your results? Do you know how you’re getting there? Are you going to have to make plans for someone to cover your shift at work? These aren’t things you want to be worrying about 48hours before results day. Make a plan and stick to it, it will make the 13th go as smoothly as possible.
  5. Talk to your teachers. If things don’t go as well as you’d hoped talk to your teachers, they’ll be able to give you the best information about remarks, resits, clearing and adjustment. They’ll also often be willing to call universities for you and help out with any other questions you have.
  6. It will all be ok. You get your firm, you get your insurance, you get somewhere else entirely or decide to give university a miss: it’s not the end of the world. We’re told from a young age that you go from primary school to secondary school to university. It doesn’t have to be that way if you don’t want it to be. You can go to university, you can stay at home, you can build a boat and float away. There are so many other options no matter what happens.
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