The best thing anyone feeling anxious about their exams can do is talk to someone. Don’t bottle all that worry inside, share your concerns with friends, family or a teacher.
North Staffs Mind has put together some helpful tips on how to keep a clear head for A-level and GCSE results days.
Expect to feel a range of emotions
We guarantee you no one is walking into that hall feeling 100 per cent confident they have nailed their results. You’re going to feel nervous and excited and the more you think about getting your results, the more anxious you will feel. It sounds absurd to say ‘try not to think about it’ the night before, but we’ll talk about how you can avoid stressing yourself out in this blog post.
You may feel surprised at your results, you may have done much better than you anticipated. You may experience disappointment, sadness, confusion at interpreting your results, anger at not getting the grade you worked hard for or fear of the unknown – what happens next? Ask yourself – did I try my hardest? If the answer is yes, then know that even if you were to go back in time and do the exams again, you’d get the same result because you tried your best.
It’s worth pointing out that your friends may not have received the results they were hoping for, so it would be wise to assess how others are feeling before you start jumping for joy. Obviously as soon as you’re somewhere more private you can celebrate all you want.
You also don’t need to share your results with the world. Lots of your friends will be all over Facebook and Instagram with their results but only share what you got if you are comfortable doing that.
They are just exam results, it’s not the end of the world
We know it feels like your whole future rests on this moment in time – it doesn’t. It’s just a piece of paper and if you don’t like what it says there will be plenty of teachers offering advice on what to do next. When you get a job, employers will look at your college qualifications, degree, and experience – most aren’t bothered about your exam results.
Take some time to really think about what you want. Yes, many of your friends may be off to university or college, but is that for you? Have you considered an apprenticeship for example? Try and speak to people who are in your chosen career and ask them advice on how to get into it because chances are, you don’t need a university degree.
Try and chill out and get some sleep the night before
It’s going to feel like a long day, so try and get some sleep. If you’re bouncing off the walls with anxiety, chances are your mates are too. Why not have a sleepover, watch some films, play some videogames and do your best to forget about exam results day? You will all feel better for it.
Chat to someone
Talk, talk, talk. Talk to your friends, talk to your parents, talk to your teachers, talk to your cat. Talking will help you figure things out and what your next step should be. Try speaking to a careers adviser. You’ll find that you can re-sit an exam the next year or even at college. Call your university or college because they may still be able to offer you a place even if you didn’t get the result you were hoping for.
These days there are exam results helplines waiting for your call and they are the experts. You are not alone in your situation.
Finally, congratulate yourself
You put in the work, you waited for what seemed like forever to get your results and you dealt with unbelievable amounts of stress and pressure. Regardless of what results you got, that is something worth being proud of.
Do something fun like going to a party, seeing a film, going bowling, shopping, reading a new book – you have earned it!
Did you know?
Younger Mind offers emotional support to young people aged up to 18 years who live in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, and the Staffordshire Moorlands. We support young people who are experiencing emotional difficulties, including worry about exams and anxiety.
We even have a handy mobile web app that can be accessed on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It’s filled with lots of tips and useful information for young people and parents alike and contains emergency out-of-hours contact numbers for anybody in immediate distress. Simply log onto www.peaceofmind.help – (please note that the link will open in a new page as the app is optimized to be viewed on a smartphone or tablet).