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5 tips to help you deal with exam results anxiety

21 Aug 2018
It’s just one week until A-Level results come out and two weeks until GCSE students find out how well they’ve done.

We appreciate that waiting to get your exam results can be a stressful, worrying time, but your results shouldn’t be all that you focus on over summer. To help put your mind at ease, we’ve put together some tips to help reduce anxiety and nervousness over collecting your results.

Take your mind off things

Whether it’s seeing friends and family, playing your favourite sport or trying a brand new hobby, it’s important to have something else to focus your attention on. Keeping your mind and body active can make a massive difference to your stress levels.

Don’t let life grind to a halt just because results day is on the horizon. Instead, make sure you’re doing plenty of what makes you happy and you’ll soon feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Accept that you can’t change things

If you feel like you didn’t revise enough, or that you should have paid more attention in class, it can be easy to beat yourself up over your exam performance. However; you can’t change what’s been done, so accept the position you’re in and learn from it – promise yourself that you’ll stick to a revision schedule for any future exams or re-sits.

Talk to someone

If you don’t feel like you can talk to your parents about your results worries, reach out to your friends – chances are, they’ll be in the same boat as you. Supporting and encouraging each other will make you stronger, and knowing you’ve got someone to confide in will make collecting your results seem far less daunting.

Have a plan in place

Having a back-up plan if things don’t work out the way you intended will help you feel more in control of the situation – and relieve a whole lot of anxiety.

Whether it’s thinking about re-sits, looking into apprenticeships or arranging some work experience in your chosen field, exploring alternative options ahead of results day is definitely recommended as it’ll prevent you from panicking on the day.

Remember that results aren’t everything

Whilst they may seem like everything at the time, your results don’t define you or your future. Some of the world’s biggest businessmen and women left school with few or no qualifications - and if they can be highly successful, so can you.

And, remember that you don’t need to go to university to get a degree. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a degree without the debt that uni brings – and you’ll also be gaining the on-the-job experience that employers value.

Over to you

If you’d like more information on apprenticeships, or would like some career guidance ahead of results day, get in touch with our friendly team and they will help you find the right opportunity for you: