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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 later 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 important 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 come to college to pick them up? If you are going to be away when you get the results, have you organised to have them sent 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 realise that there are still ways to make the most of your results. 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 & 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 recieve the recquired 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.

Take a look at our blog post of fun things to do in Canterbury this summer to get some ideas.

5. Organise something fun for results day

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

We have an Open Day coming up on Wednesday 28 August – whatever your results you are sure to find a course that will suit you. Pre-register here for fast-track entry on the day.