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Aug 17, 2016

Exam Results Day

Exam Result Blues/Celebrations

The exam results are about to be released and it's always stressful leading up to the moment when it feels like everything about you is being summed up to a letter…A,B,C,D,E,F… Well here’s the good news whatever happens it will be ok.  If you get the results you want then brilliant if you don’t then here are a few things that can help.

Firstly take a minute to process.  There is usually nothing that can’t be fixed, life can often take us down unexpected paths but it can still come right in the end and sometimes it’s a better path.  It can be difficult to be around ecstatic friends when you feel that you haven’t got what you wanted.  Use your teachers to find out what you can re-sit and when.  They might also know of other options you can consider.  You can sometimes begin another course whilst you are waiting to retake an exam. 

English and Maths are the important subjects that are often needed to access college courses.  If you think you can get the grades it would be worth trying to take them again.


For those of you who are awaiting A and AS level results it is a good idea to have a look at Clearing.  This is the system used by UCAS to fill courses across the country.  Here is a link to a page on clearing and a video.



Celebrate/Commiserate Either Way Stay Safe


Watch how much you are drinking.  Exam result days can often see people consuming alcohol earlier in the day than usual and as a result we see much more intoxicated people at the end of the day.  If you are planning to meet with friends it might be best to not drink until later in the day.

Don’t’ Mix your drinks – Vodka, Beer, wine, Prosecco, Jaeger are not good friends and they don’t like hanging out in your stomach together.  In fact they will often try and leave your stomach quite quickly creating a disgusting pavement pizza that even the pigeons turn their beaks up to.

Eat before you go out. Planning a night out around food is a good way to celebrate and puts more of the emphasis on eating rather than drinking.

Don’t leave your drink unattended it might get spiked.

If drugs are your thing then you still need to take care.  Don’t share snorting equipment.  Don’t mix substances especially with alcohol.

If you do decide to use then use a small amount to see how your body reacts before doing more.  Make sure someone in your group of friends is not using so they can look after someone if necessary.

Make sure a parent or carer knows where you are going.

Drowning your sorrows will allow you to forget things for a few hours but then you will still have to deal with it tomorrow just with a major hangover, perhaps regretting what you did on top of feeling rubbish about your results.