That time of year has come once again and is leaving us all quaking in our boots about the prospects of our future. Results day has invoked fear across many a student yet this year seems to be the most important and thus, by default, the most terrifying. We, as a collective mass of A-level students, have had a tough year; with Michael Gove piece by piece destroying the British Educational system, the destruction of January Exams and, if you’re anything like I am, the repeated mental breakdowns over the last year and as results day looms around the corner we sit, most likely vegetating, worrying we won’t make it to the next level.
For those of us lucky enough to have received an unconditional offer many seem to believe that we are not worried or we don’t have the right. To this I say utter codswallop. Yes I wasn’t worried about the actual exams in the end but now I’m about 10 times more scared because I don’t know if I tried my best or just winged it. So I join you in the state of apprehension as we near the end.
To those of us who are not worried you are unbelievably lucky. And to those of us who relate to everything I have previously mentioned then here are some tips to get you ready for the big day and to help you remain calm.
- Enjoy the summer, the weather is fab so have some fun, take your mind off of things for a while.
- Read if you enjoy it. I find that reading or even watching something on TV or Youtube helps me to escape for a while.
- If you feel yourself panicking, breathe. It sounds simple but I know it helps.
- Don’t Worry. I know this completely contradicts what I’m saying but if you worry then you’ll just get yourself more worked up. You’ve done the hard work. All that you’ll be getting in August is a piece of paper telling you some letters and some marks and that’s it.
I know it seems like the be-all-end-all but you have to understand that whatever happens, whatever grade you get, you tried your best and no-one can ask you for any more than that. Ever.
In the words of Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States: ‘You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.’
So take the risk.
For A Level students everywhere, this is potentially the most stressful day of your life. This day is a massive judge of whats going to happen for the next 3-7 years of your life. This day is the result of 2/3 years of hard work(maybe), and time and effort. This day is the armageddon, judgement day, the end of the world, the day God judges all (or UCAS judges you, same thing really) It’s all out of your power now. The papers have been sat, the courseworks been marked, the assignments have been handed in. With it only being 9 days away now for us 2014 applicants, it’s a ticking time bomb. Here’s a few of my tips and advice for those with a VIP invite to the stress-inducing judgement day.
- Plan ahead. Start your research on Clearing and Adjustment if you think you have either overachieved or underachieved. Start your research if you are even the tiniest bit uncertain as it’s better to be on the ball when it comes to these two little demons.
- Adjustment – You can apply for this if you have excelled the grade requirements for your firm choice. So if you’re firm choice asked for a BBB from you, and you got an ABB, then you can go through Adjustment to find a course at another university for these grades. However, if you got an AAC, you can’t go through Adjustment as all of your grades did not excel the firm choices’ requirements. Confusing stuff. To find Adjustment places, you need to go on the individual universities websites to find out if they’ll be on Adjustment and contact them via there. However, if you’ve exceeded you’re requirements for your firm and you still want to go there, then you’re allowed to just stick at that place. They won’t kick you off for getting high grades.
From now until Results Day, there are 9 days to plan for the worst and the best scenarios, depending on how you feel your exams went. In this time you can apply for full time jobs, apply for a college course, look into a gap year. The options are all there.
Breathe. Take a deep, warm bubbly bath and de-stress. You can’t change what happens now. It’s all done and whilst the anticipation is horrible and stress-inducing, it’s all in vain.
- Clearing – Clearing is for those who’ve either missed their offers, or changed their mind despite being accepted by their firm/insurance university. It basically gives any UCAS applicants who don’t have an offer currently the chance to get one. There’s more information on it here. Find out before results day ideally if another university you like the look of has space for you on their course through clearing. This saves the emotional hustle and bustle once you’ve got your results to go through all the university websites and find your course. If you’ve done it at home already, you’re already ahead of the game and can get started as soon as you open that envelope.
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Here we go then, results.
I’ve received a lot of results myself recently – the result of my degree, the outcome of my masters application and i’m still waiting for some results for scholarships and funding for next year. So I understand how everyone feels at the moment what with your A Level results just around the corner! There’s a fortnight to go right? Time flies doesn’t it, I’m sure you remember your first day at high school and now you’ve finished!! Scary isn’t it
I’m lucky, i received a merit award aftersitting the exam papers for the entrance scholarships here at Aberystwyth University. And so I got an unconditional offer but it was still important for me to try my best and I still worried about my results as everyone else did. Worrying is natural but it is important not to worry too much about results as it is does nothing to help! It’s too late for you to be able to do anything about it now anyway so the best thing to do is prepare yourself for the results you want and those you do not want. Consider the two scenarios!
GOOD – Have received the ideal number of UCAS points, need to confirm my place.
BAD – Did not receive the ideal number of UCAS points, need to go through the Clearing process.
It’s as simple as that at the end of the day!
I know you do not want to think the worst but think of it this way: if you’ve thought about it and the worst happens then you know what to do!
First of all if the ‘worst’ happens then it’s not that bad at all! There are PLENTY of options available for you. I was reading an article recently about the A Level results http://www.channel4.com/news/missed-out-on-the-a-level-results-you-wanted-so-did-they
“Missing the A-levels grades might feel like the end of the world. But for many, it is the just the start of theirs.”
I remember seeing the faces of some of my friends who did not recieve their ideal results on the 18 August 2011, but by today all of them have graduated with at least a 2:1 if not first class honours! Which is evidence that the above quote is true. So take a deep breath, try not to worry too much and enjoy the rest of your summer holidays!!
There is information on our website about the Clearing process so go to the link below for more information on how to go about it etc.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL IN THE FUTURE!
And i might see some of you here in September.
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I’m sure many of you are currently waiting on the results of A-Levels and other examinations. I’m also quite sure many of you will be feeling apprehensive about this. I’m sure that apprehension is not being helped by the well meaning, but utterly unhelpful mantra of parents/ teachers/ friends/ family, which as I recall goes something like: “Once you get your results you will be able to go to University and have a good and decent life of purpose and academic pursuits. And stuff.” I’m sure you are also having the dreams. The “failed everything” dreams. Possibly the “naked and failed everything” dreams.
Well, in the words of Douglas Adams “DON’T PANIC” Let your parents etc. do that. There is nothing you can do about it now and I will let you into a little secret: If you fail your exams, you will not be put to death. You can retake them. It requires a bit of character to pick yourself up and go back a step and no one will think any less of you for it.
The main worry for most people is that if their grades are not as predicted then they won’t be able to go to University. WRONG! That’s what clearing is all about. If your grades don’t come in as you want, ring your University of choice and explain what has happened. Don’t make excuses. Don’t get your mum to call them, do it yourself. Ask what options you have. You may be surprised.
I am sincerely hoping that none of you will be in that situation.
Now a question that isn’t often asked or discussed is “What if my grades are better than predicted.” If you suddenly find yourself holding four A grades when you were expecting a B and three Cs the same applies. Take a deep breath and call those people. It may well be that you can now do the course you didn’t think you’d got the grades for.
Twenty-Ish years ago I was waiting for my results. It wasn’t as critical for me because I had unconditional offers. But I was still nervous. There was still that “what if?” question. Well one thing I’ve learned, and not from exam results, is that “what if?” gets you nowhere. What If? Keeps you awake at night and gives you nothing in return. “What Next?” however, is full of possibility. No matter what grades you get on results day, ask yourself “what next?” If you do that you will keep moving forward and that’s a real result.
Good luck to you all. You are all brilliant!