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Waiting for Exam Results - Top Tips

August has arrived, which means that many of you will be receiving GCSE, A Level and Higher Education exam results this month. Although this can be a stressful time for you and your family, it’s important to remember that you cannot change the outcome of your results by worrying. Take a look at some of our top tips for reducing the stress of waiting for your results.

1. Stop thinking about the exam

The minute you walk out of the exam room, there is nothing you can do to change how it went. Comparing answers with friends is rarely helpful – especially when a lot of time has passed. It’s essential to let go of the details and move forward.

2. Be organised for results

Make sure you know when and where you will be receiving your results. Will you be able to access them online, or will you need to pick them up? If you are going to be away when you get the results, have you organised to send them to your house? Once you have these details sorted you can relax.

3. Have a plan for the future

Some students find it helpful to consider all of their options. What is the worst-case scenario? Having a plan for if everything isn’t quite what you hoped will help you prepare for your next steps. If things are better than you thought, do you have a strategy? Could you make the most of your success and adjust accordingly? Talk this through with family and friends so that you are prepared for whatever happens.

If you are waiting on Maths and English GCSE results it's helpful to know that at Canterbury College you are able to resit these exams alongside your current course until you receive the required grades. 

4. Enjoy yourself and keep busy

With most students waiting between one and two months for the results of their exams, you will have a lot of free time to fill. Organising activities and fun days out are a great way to take your mind off the looming results. Getting a part-time job could also help keep you busy and you’ll be earning money so that you can enjoy yourself over the summer.

5. Organise something fun for results day

Have something planned with friends and family once you have received your results. That way you have something to look forward to!

You can speak to our Information, Advice & Guidance team for free, impartial, and friendly advice about your next steps, results, and College courses at any time.