The ins and outs of exam results

Thousands of pupils across Scotland are finding out how they performed in their exam results today and during the next few weeks, English and Welsh students will also discover how well they have done in their GCSE and A Level results.

We know exam results can be a nerve wracking time… trust us – we’ve been there.

But the good news is we came through the other side with a big grin on our faces, and so will you.

1. Emotional Rollercoaster

Exams aren’t meant to be easy, they’re meant to test us mentally and what may appear to be emotionally too. You might be experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions at the moment – excitement, nerves, panic, fear… But the best thing to do (and probably the hardest) is not to worry.

We’re sure you may have heard your parents tell you, “what’s done is done”, so there really is no point worrying about it. You will probably only sit your GCSE’s or A Levels once in your life, so have confidence in yourself and look forward to results day – you’ve earned it.

2. These are just one set of results

Even though these results might seem like the biggest thing in your life right now, take a step back for a second and take a look at the bigger picture.

The results from these exams do not determine how amazing you are as a person, nor will they define the rest of your life. If you go onto higher education or a job which requires extra qualifications you will sit more and more exams so the best thing to do is take them in your stride and try not to put too much pressure on yourself.

3. In life, there are many different paths…

If you receive the results you are looking for over the next few weeks – congratulations!

However, if your results are a few grades below your expectations then take a big deep breath and relax, there are other options for you right arond the corner and probably a lot more than you may initially think.

Try not to compare your results with your best friend or other class members as everyone has different goals and overall targets. Instead commend each other for sitting the exams in the first place, a lot of hard work and dedication has been put in over the last few years and months, so well done!

If you really are unhappy with your results then you can always re-sit your exams the following year or by joining a college.

But the best thing is not to presume, ring the University or College you were applying for, or talk to your teachers to see if your grades would still get you onto the A Level course, you may be surprised. Some exam years are harder than others and if the majority of students have grades lower than they expected boundaries may change to reflect this!

Finally, give yourself a good pat on the back and go and celebrate with your friends and family.

And remember, further education is not always the recipe for success. Simon Cowell, Steve Jobs and Alan Sugar all went on to pursue rewarding careers without completing higher education!

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