The results day all our students work towards is almost here and is often full of emotions, as this is the first time many of them will ever have picked up formal results. Often they can feel tremendous pressure from their peers, their parents, social media and others to perform well if they are to progress to their next step.
Here’s our advice to students to help calm those GCSE results day nerves.
If you’re feeling anxious
Often our anxiety increases if we sit still and think about something more. Hormones in our body send us into ‘fight or flight’ mode and the quickest way to alleviate this is to move more. Take a brisk walk, jog or cycle to clear your head and avoid high caffeine sugary drinks and junk foods which can affect your blood sugar levels and make you feel worse.
Don’t isolate yourself
The most important thing is not to bottle up how you feel. Your parents, carers and teachers know you and what you’re capable of so they’re good people to get advice from. Often when we talk about something we’re worried about out loud it makes it easier to deal with and puts it into perspective.
Plan your results day
Check what time you’re allowed to come into school to collect your results and plan how you’re going to get there. Some students may want to travel in with friends, some may want to walk in alone or drive in with their parents. Decide what you want to do, who you want to be there with and plan what time you’ll leave. Make sure your phone is charged and the night before put anything else you’ll want on the day all in one place, so you don’t forget anything when you leave to collect your results.
On the day
It may be tempting to head home with your envelope and open your results there but try to open it while at the Academy as we will have lots of people here to support you including teachers and careers advisers. However, everyone is different so don’t feel pressured into opening results with friends if you’re not comfortable with that.
The results aren’t what you expected
There may be some pleasant surprises, or some disappointments, but if the option you’ve planned is no longer available to you, don’t panic. It’s disappointing if your heart is set on something, but there are lots of other options. There may be similar courses you haven’t considered which accept a lower entry level. Your teachers and careers staff are here to help you talk over your next steps and support you, so don’t be shy and make sure you approach us on results day.
The results are better than you expected
Congratulations! It is a great feeling when you achieve a better grade than you expected. It could make you think of taking a subject at A-Level which perhaps you had originally decided against or you may want to consider going somewhere else to study – or be confused about what to do next!
First – almost all schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges are able to offer some flexibility if you decide you want to change your subjects. However, before you go ahead and make changes to your college choice or subject choice have a think about why you decided against that subject in the first place or why you chose that place to study. Do your reasons still stand? A-Level study is a step up and you will need to be determined and genuinely interested in your subjects to succeed.
Second – talk to someone. On results day there will be teaching and careers staff on hand to help you talk over all your options, so make sure you allow some extra time to take advantage of their advice and support. You can also contact your chosen sixth form or college direct to talk over your subject and course options.
What next – your choices post-16
Now results day is here you may realise you haven’t really decided yet what you want to do next. This is completely normal and there are lots of sources of advice and information to help you.
If you’re thinking of going to uni, or if you’re the kind of person that enjoys classroom learning you can choose to study A-Level subjects from psychology to business studies. Students usually study three subjects for two years, with exams at the end.
If you’re not sure you want to go into further education there are a number of different options for you to explore. You might do a vocational course (such as construction, childcare or engineering) rather than completing A-levels. Alternatively, you may want to go straight into the world of work and get an apprenticeship or seek employment.
On results day there will be teaching and careers staff on hand for you to talk to, but if you want to talk to someone impartially and confidentially you can contact the National Careers Service who can offer advice via a webchat or a phone call. You can call them on 0800 100 900 and advisers are available 7 days a week between 8am and 10pm. For a webchat you will need to register at this link – https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/webchat/chat/ and they are also available on Twitter at @ExamResults2019
Any Thistley Hough Academy parents or pupils with questions or queries about GCSE results day can call us on 01782 883500 or firstname.lastname@example.org