Reasons Not To Panic If You Don't Get Your Exam Grades
It's totally chill, guys. Here's why.
It's results season and for everyone who sat exams this summer, that’s a scary prospect.
No matter how confident you are, it can feel like results day is the most horrific make or break moment of your life thanks to that one teeny tiny slip of paper waiting inside that big white envelope.
BUT we’d have to disagree. In fact, we really don’t think it’s that big a deal at all.
It might be hard to believe when you’ve been through all those painful years of studying, and taken those big exams where you’re supposed to prove all that knowledge in one hassled scribbling session (v. stressful). But actually there are so many reasons why, even if you horribly miss your grades and fall short of your expectations, you SHOULDN’T PANIC!
Let’s EXAMine the reasons why (soz).
1. It’s not that big a deal
Despite all the scaremongering, lectures from teachers and the freak-outs of your classmates, these results really aren’t the be-all and end-all. No-one has died, you haven’t been severely deformed, you’ve not suddenly become physically disabled, and those are all things to feel pretty damn grateful for. Regardless of which letter is printed on that piece of paper.
These results may seem like they will determine your overall life success, but we can promise you that with time these moments will just be faded memories and life goes on. And life always has plenty of exciting and amazing things to offer, with or without your dream grades. JUST BREATHE GUYS. #perspective
2. You can retake the exam
Ok, so you messed up. Everyone does once in a while – you’re only human! During exams there’s unbelievable pressure to perform amazingly on the day and some people just aren’t good under pressure. Simple.
So what can you do? Well, one option is to retake the exam. Yes we know it can seem like a drag and it might not fit in to your life/ party plans as you imagined them, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Plus, doing an exam a second time will always be easier. You’ll be more used to the pressure and a second bash at revision will leave you far more confident of the content. So why not?
3. You can retake the year – and be like Eminem!!
And if you’re totally not confident about any of your results, and you just feel like you didn’t learn as much as you should have, why not retake the year?
Yes, we know, the year belows are TOTALLY LAME/gross,but relearning everything will make it all so much clearer. Plus, you never know, you may make even better friends this time around!
Fun fact: Eminem retook 9th grade three times… and look where he is now.
You only got one shot do not miss your chance to blow, cos opportunity comes once in a lifetime… NO, Eminem. You know as well as we do that that only applies to rapping. Opportunities can deffo come back around.
4. You can get exams remarked
You can also get exams remarked. Let’s face it, the examiner is a normal person so the marking can be pretty subjective with essay subjects like English and History, where your own opinion and writing style comes into the equation (well, paragraph…).
So it might be worth getting your exam remarked, ESPECIALLY if you have only missed the grade by a few points.
WARNING: remember your exam could come back with a lower mark, so make sure you check with your teacher about whether remarking would be a good idea for you or not!
5. It’s not over yet – make sure you double check!
If you receive your results and they are below what your Uni required from you, check your UCAS anyway!! Unis will adjust to how many people miss their grades across the board and they will look at your application carefully before making a final decision.
That means you may still be accepted, even if you feel you messed up!
Alternatively, you may be offered a place on a different course instead. And it might be something you are totally more suited to. You may love it.
But we also reckon it’s only worth the colossal fees if it genuinely appeals to you. Three years doing something you don’t care about is a big waste of life - not fun at all.
6. Your insurance offer might be even better
One of the fab things about the whole UCAS thing (if you’re applying for Unis) is that you have an Uni option for if everything goes swimmingly, and a back-up option in case the results aren’t as good as you had hoped. So, if your results aren’t ideal, you still have your back-up Uni to consider. And it may actually be the perfect match for you!
Everything happens for a reason? Discuss.
7. Say no to stress – take a gap year
OR you can simply opt to refuse every offer, throw UCAS to the dogs (keep your login, though), and take a gap year! Despite all the ‘gap yah’ chat, and annoying Instagrams littered with people posing with sedated tigers, gap years can be genuinely refreshing and a well needed break from your studies.
Think about it, you’ve been living that structured time-table life that’s been dictated to you by your school FOR SO MANY YEARS. It may be time to mix things up a bit! You deserve the option to chill before another possible three years of study.
So why not travel somewhere where no one is telling you where to go, what to do, or how to ‘successfully’ live your life? And where people aren’t obsessing over social media because they’ve got too many bigger problems to sort out?
You could come back a whole different you, and really get some perspective of what matters in life. #findyourself
8. AS level students – time is on your side
If you have just got your AS results and you weren’t too happy, you have even less reason to panic! You have got a whole other year so, even if you don’t retake any exams, you can just decide to work really hard next year to bring your grades up.
Having said that, MAKE SURE you don’t rely on any miracles and that you’re not putting unrealistic amounts of pressure on yourself, because you’ll really make it hard to enjoy your final year at school. So be kind to yourself (v. important in life) and make it manageable. But you should feel positive cos you have another shot, and you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.
9. You can drop a subject for A level
If you guys at AS level found a particular subject super difficult, boring and wish every day that you had never taken it further than GCSE, THEN YOU CAN DROP IT FOR A LEVEL. WINNING.
For those who aren’t planning on Uni, it’s much easier to forget that nightmare subject ever existed, and move on.
If you are planning on Uni, however, there’s a choice at hand. Since Unis still do require to see your year 12 AS results in order to make a decision to accept or refuse you, you have to check what grades your UOC (uni of choice) requires from you. If you got a really low grade in that subject and your UOC only accepts high ones, you might have to consider retaking next year, but if you are absolutely hating it? Just weigh up the pros and cons, and don’t forget your back-up choice. Basically, don’t make yourself miserable!
10. You DON’T have to go to Uni
Even though we have loads of advice for people who have applied for Uni, that doesn’t mean it’s compulsory! In fact, many people just aren’t suited to University, and that doesn’t make you any less clever or worthwhile, and it definitely doesn’t mean you can’t succeed.
The world has been shown time and time again that anyone can become super successful and even super rich without it.
There are some brilliant apprenticeships around, and starting to learn skills for the workplace earlier rather than later can be a real advantage. As long as you don’t slack, you could still be a pretty big deal.
(SPOILER: coming soon – our list of celebs who have MADE it without going to Uni.)
So whether you are planning on going to Uni or not, results day is NOT the apocalyptic doom fest you are imagining. Just take a deep breath, remember that you are incredibly lucky to even be able to receive an education and take exams (we know, it’s difficult) and, most importantly, DON’T PANIC.
You have so many options available if you miss your grades, and remember: the world is still yours to conquer.
- By Emily Hooley