Preparing for results day

The lead-up to results day can be a nervous time so we asked some of our current students for their top tips for preparing for the big day.

Flynn, 2nd Year, Environmental Science

  1. You are not defined by your results! Always remember that!
  2. It’s important to have a nice day, regardless of your grades, so organise a nice lunch out or treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting!
  3. Your friends and family love you no matter what is written on that piece of paper!

Laura, 2nd Year, English

  1. Get a good night’s sleep and eat well.
  2. Have a look on UCAS at the different universities and start looking at their required grades and course descriptions so that you know what to look for in clearing in needed.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the clearing process so that if you need to use it you know how it works.
  4. Look into how to defer your place for a year if needs be.
  5. Remember that no matter where you end up, you’re going to meet lovely people and have a great time!

Sophie, 2nd Year, History

  1. Keep busy and try to distract yourself from thinking about it too much. I remember the night before my results day I downloaded a languages app and started learning some German vocab – it was so random but it helped to stop me overthinking it!
  2. Give yourself something to look forward to for after results day. It can really help to focus on the exciting things happening afterwards, for example spending results day evening with your friends.
  3. Remember that everyone’s in the same boat. No one feels completely confident about results day, it’s completely natural to be nervous! But you’ve worked hard and whatever happens will be for the best.

Eve, 1st Year, Sociology

Plan for all outcomes so that whatever happens on the day, you have a plan and a way forward.

There are many solutions and many alternatives to plan A. So preparing yourself for each outcome by having a plan in place for whatever happens on the day can help make things easier.

Charlotte, 3rd Year, English and History

  1. Try not to do post-mortems on how you think your exams went. In reality, you won’t know until results day and you will just stress yourself out further.
  2. Prepare for the worst case scenario. Hopefully, you will be pleasantly surprised on results day, but it’s important to have a plan B, just in case.

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