Exam Results Stress: Advice for young people

It’s that time of year, when you’ve done all you can towards your exams and now it’s a waiting game. But as you wait perhaps anxiously for your exam results to arrive, don’t stress! Keep your cool with this reassuring round-up of results day tips from those who have been in your shoes.

Congratulate yourself

Rosie reminds us to give ourselves a pat on the back, no matter what the outcome is – you’ve worked hard, after all:

Whether you get the results you expected or not, that's OK. Try to celebrate what you have achieved, whether that's academically or not - you've survived your exams and you deserve to be proud of that.

Consider your options

There are plenty of routes to take once you have finished this step in your education, as Joel explains:

School isn’t the end of the world - you can do so much more, even if you don’t pass your exams. Education is everything, but education doesn’t stop at school; you can be educated on an apprenticeship and continue learning.

I’m not an "exams person", I’m a practical person, and there are lots of people like me who can’t stand exams but will go far with their practical skills.

Contemplating University Clearing?

Going through Clearing to get into a university isn’t always a bad thing, as Zohra explains:

People who didn’t get in to their first choice university went through Clearing and were often accepted to better universities than they originally planned.

In some cases, even those who achieved their target grades went through Clearing because they decided they wanted to go to a different university than they had initially applied for. The grades I got were lower than some people I know but I ended up going to the same university as them.

Take it slow

Moving onto the next step is a very personal thing, so giving yourself time to breathe could give you a whole new perspective. Tamanna and Rosie both elaborate:

Try not to make decisions in the heat of the moment. Take as much time as you need to work out your next steps, and ask for help if you need it.

It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get to where you want to be, as long as you do not stop and give up.


Despite the reassurance, sometimes the stress of the situation can get you down, which is something Roshni can relate to:

To overcome the stress, I made sure to stay connected to my passions and use each stressful situation as a learning experience.

I think having time to yourself and being able to just stop, slow down, gather and reflect is important in learning how to effectively deal with stressful, overwhelming situations and maintaining your sense of self.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Some people are very academic while others are more creative, and some are a mix of both. Just remember, don’t compare yourself to anyone!

Some of your friends may have achieved better grades than you but, everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, goals and plans, and there is no right or wrong next step. It’s your choice and your life

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