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Exam Results - You've got this!

Published 26/08/2020

It is totally normal to have all sorts of feelings right now following your exam results, especially if you were counting on the results to go on and do your next big thing. If you’ve done fabulously congratulations and well done and if you’ve not done so well don’t panic all will be okay. Let’s face it life has been pretty tough lately anyway and then on top of all that there have been decisions made that you have had absolutely no control over.

The worst part for many has been the worry about not knowing what might happen next. If ever there was a roller coaster of worry lets face it you’ve all done your ride, twice over and in the rain. What we know is that when we worry about stuff it can leave us feeling a bit rubbish and this is when its good to think about what might help. I promise you won’t be the only one feeling how you are feeling and Young Minds explains the importance of keeping things in perspective.

Exams absolutely can help take the next step in your academic or professional career – but results are not the only measure of success.

Here are some things to remind yourself that there is more to life than grades:

  • Keep in mind that exam results do not define who you are.
  • Remember your strengths. You have so many skills and qualities.
  • Make a list of all the things you want from life which don’t involve exams. This can help you realise that exams are only a small part of the picture.
  • Have fun!  Make a list of all the things you enjoy and find time to do them. This can reduce your stress levels, improve your mood, and help you feel refreshed and relaxed.
  • Never forget that your health and happiness is worth looking after.

 If you are struggling, please don’t do this alone.

  • Let your trusted friends and family know if you are struggling, so they can be there to support you, encourage you and offer a listening ear. You don’t have to go through this alone. Keeping it all in will only make things worse in the long run, so don’t be afraid to open up.
  • Contact Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/believe-in-yourself/
  • Ask for help. Think about all the practical support you need, and be honest with yourself about it. You are allowed to ask for help. Talk through your concerns with your teacher/tutor who can let you know what support your school, college or uni can offer you. They will have spoken to lots of students before who are going through similar things, and they are likely to know about helpful resources or services available to you.
  • Be kind to yourself. Think about all the things you have achieved so far. It can be helpful to write a list of all the things you like about yourself, and the things other people value about you too.

Stay well x
Kim Fry
UKSA Welfare Officer