Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A-Level Results Day: Tips!

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If you are receiving A-level results Thursday, I know how you are feeling. This time last year, I was a nervous wreck - I couldn't sleep properly and couldn't enjoy myself until I knew what my future held.

So, if you are getting your results (and consequently University Places) on Thursday, I have put together some tips on what to do before and on the day.

Before the day... 

1. Research 
I know it's not what you want to be thinking about, but have a think of your back ups. If things don't turn out the way that you hoped and you go through clearing, it will be better to have an idea of what you may want to do. Whether this is changing courses or university choices, have a snoop around. Some universities will have some clearing spaces up a few days in advance, so have a quick look. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. Talk to your parents/someone you trust
It is no use suffering in silence by yourself. Have a chat with your parents or your friends about your worries. They may help you think of potential back up plans or just talk through your concerns. 

3. Have your UCAS number/ID/username/password written down
There will be nothing worse if you wake up on the Thursday morning with no idea how to log in to check your results. 

4. Organise a gathering/drinks on the night before results 
Make a pact with your friends that you will not talk about results. Instead, suggest going out for drinks or have a film night. It will be a nice way to relax before the big day. 

On the day... 

1. Wake up early
As you probably know, you can check UCAS when it opens. Last year it was due to open at 7.30/8, but it opened earlier. Start checking from 7am - this way, hopefully UCAS won't crash with the increased traffic. 

2. Do it by yourself
I found it most comforting to sit in bed with my laptop and checking myself. With the added pressure of family members there, it can all be a bit much. Wake up early, make a cup of tea and try to relax. You can then share your news with them afterwards

3. Social Media
Checking sites such as Facebook or Twitter on the morning can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you got the results that you wanted, it is a great way to share your success. Facebook last year also told me that UCAS was open earlier. However, if you are celebrating, be sensitive to those who may not have got the results that they were hoping for. 

4. Get your results
At my school, I found out in the morning on UCAS that I got into my university and then went into school a few hours later to pick up my results. This can be a great time to talk to your teachers, either sharing your success or asking their advice on what to do next 

5. Clearing
If you do need to go through clearing, if you have prepared the night before, it should be straight forward. Try ringing your university first, asking whether there was anything else that they would offer you or simply see whether there are clearing spaces on your course. The worst they can say is no. Then try ringing other universities. It can be tedious and upsetting, but doing it sooner rather than later will ensure that you get the place that you want. 

6. Celebrate
If you do get what you were hoping, congratulations. But again, be sensitive to those who weren't so happy. 

I hope these tips will be useful - remember to share them on to others who may be getting their results too. 

And once you find out, let the fun begin. Check out my Student Advice page for what to pack and some more tips coming soon!

Good Luck! 



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