I presume that whoever is reading this has a results day coming up in the next few weeks, and I know that you will be stressing, as that has been my reality for the past few years. I have had a fair few results days in my academic history (GCSE, A level and 1st year of university), so trust me, I know what is is like to experience the stress, nerves and just sheer panic that you are feeling right now. Thats why I thought to share my 5 top tips on how to survive results day, as I have picked up a few tips and tricks along my way over the past 5 years. None of these tips will make the nerves go away entirely, but if it means you survive results day with slightly less panic, reading this post is worth it.
I thought to include photos of a shoot I did with sunflowers for Indigo Rosee Beauty on here. It didn’t seem too fitting but I decided to include it because they are positive and uplifting flower…. and a positive attitude is what you need, even if it doesn’t feel possible to have one! Even if they don’t bring positive attitudes, sunflowers will definitely put a smile on your face.
So here are my 5 top tips to survive results day:
- Do something the night before.
Even if you couldn’t feel any less in the mood, please just go out and do something the night before. By that, I don’t mean go out, get drunk and don’t wake up in time for results, but do something chilled that will take your mind off the results. It will help you survive results day, as you won’t be spending the whole night before getting yourself worked up and stressed over something that cannot be changed. I usually plan to go out for a meal with my family, so its a chilled night but I can equally take my mind off everything. Sitting at home stressing is going to do nobody any good.
- Have a contingency plan in place.
Im not saying that the results day is going to go badly, but if you are going to one of my top tips to survive results day is to definitely have a contingency plan in place *just in case*. Even if everything goes smoothly and better than planned, having a contingency plan will make you feel more comfortable. And if things don’t go well, having a contingency plan will prevent any extra stress and panic straight after results. It will make everything run so much more smoothly, and keep stress levels at bay if things don’t go as planned. The best way to work out a contingency plan would be to click here, to be transferred to a website that can discuss this a lot better than I can!
- Open them how you want to.
This is one of my biggest top tips to survive results day, and one that is very personal to me. I figured pretty early on in my academic life that I HATE opening results in front of people, so the thing that stressed me out about results day was opening the envelope in front of my friends, family and teachers. Remember that you don’t have to do that! I actually opened my GCSE results in the school toilets (classy) and I opened my A level results at home. It limits any unnecessary stress, gives you time to process your results, and then you can go celebrate with everyone afterwards. Limit that stress, and open them in private if you want to, without feeling the pressure from your peers to make it a huge deal in the school hall.
- Dont pester your friends for their results
This isn’t so much a top tip to survive results day for you, but rather to help other people. Whether its for validation, to brag, or just because you are nosey… we have all been guilty of asking our friends for their results. I always used to do this, but then recently I decided to stop and instead ask ‘How do you feel about your results?’, and then wait to see if they tell me. Pressurising your friends for their marks isn’t cool, and more often than not your friend might not want to share their results. Everyone has been there- you have felt really bad about a mark, and then it was made even worse by people asking you. Worse still- you felt good about a mark, but as soon as you hear about other people’s you suddenly feel like a failure, even though you were happy before. Be a good friend, and be happy about your results without bragging about your marks and affecting other people on probably the most stressful day of the year.
- You are not defined by your results.
This is my final tip, and one that sounds really cheesy, but is really true… even though I don’t listen to it myself very often. It is very easy to feel very defined by your results due to the amount of work that you have put into them, and how much they are deemed a big deal by teachers, but in reality it is okay. My grandad has often described results as a stepping stone, and its true. If you get the grades- that is great, but it is just a stepping stone to the next platform. If you don’t get the grades- yeah you might not be able to get where you want to the fastest, but you can still get where you want to with hard work. Yes exams are about hard work, but they are also a game of luck, and therefore you shouldn’t be defined by something you can’t fully control. You might not believe this tip now, as I know how much you are caught up in results now, but eventually you will realise.
So there were my 5 top tips on how to survive results day. There is no easy way of surviving it, and like I said it is probably one of the most stressful days of the year, but you will get through it. If you care enough to read this blog post, you obviously care about your results… and you will therefore do well because you understand the importance of working hard for them. Try not to worry, have a contingency plan in place *just in case*, and walk in a collect your envelope with your head held high. You have got this!