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Waiting for your results? Feeling nervous? Don't Panic, You've Got This!

Here’s a few tips to help you get prepared and keep your cool in the run up to results day. 

  • Know Your Options 

Do you know what to expect on results day? Where you get your results or how to find out if your place has been confirmed? Knowing the process can help you prepare. Make a plan and consider all possible outcomes – that way you’ll feel much more relaxed and in control on results day. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Clearing for more information.

  • Be Prepared 

Make sure you have everything you might need on the day. Check you know all your usernames and passwords and that you’re able to login. The last thing you need is the added stress of resetting passwords on results day. It’s also a good idea to make sure your contact details are up-to-date. Don’t forget, your UCAS account will be frozen for the 7 days prior to results day so don’t panic if it looks a little different to normal. 

  • Talk It Out 

Don’t bottle it up. If you are worried about your results, talk to the people around you. It’s important to keep things in perspective and talking to others about your fears will often help you adopt a more positive outlook. Don’t forget, once you get your results, you can discuss your options with one of our helpful advisors by calling our clearing helpline on 0300 131 9292. 

  • Self-care is important

It might sound obvious but getting plenty of sleep and eating well will give you the energy you need to attack the day. Rest is really important, but don’t confuse this with aimlessly sitting around. Find an activity that helps you feel relaxed or energised like going for a walk, reading a book or baking. Keeping busy with meaningful activities will help pass the time, keep your mind occupied and stop your worries from creeping in.  

  • Be Positive 

You’ve put in the hard work but it all comes down to those grades. There’s a lot of pressure but you have to remember that whatever the future – you’ve got options, even if it’s not the exact one you were working towards. So, take a deep breath, there’s a world of possibilities out there and a number of different paths that lead you to where you want to go. 

Remember, if you’re still struggling with your mental health consider talking to your GP or for in-the-moment support text SHOUT to 85258. 

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