Top tips for dealing with Results Day Nerves

Why do we get nervous?

Being nervous about something is completely natural and very normal, but why is this our body’s response?

As humans evolved, nerves were vital for dealing with stressful situations, they give us a burst of adrenaline, which gives us the energy to react quickly to whatever is making us feel stressed. Although this was useful when humans were fighting off predators and scavenging for food, the response is less suited for modern-day stresses, like getting your exam results.

Feeling overwhelmed by nerves, though a hard thing to deal with, is completely normal and if you speak to those around you, everyone will have felt the same way at some point in their lives too. Of course, if you feel you cannot cope with your nerves by using techniques like below, it may be worth speaking to a school advisor or trusted loved one and seeing if you may need some extra support.


We thought we’d share some supportive tips to help deal with results day nerves…

1. Breathe

You’ve probably been told this time and time again, but focussing on your breathing not only takes your mind off the thing which is stressing you, but also sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.

Top tip: Try using the door frame technique. Breathe in following up the long side of the door, hold across the top of the door frame then breathe out on your way down. Focus on this, following round the door frame 5 times.

2. Get your sleep

This one may be easier said than done, but making sure you keep a good sleep schedule in the run up to results day, will help you keep a clear and rational mind. Staying up late to try and work out what result you might have received or to chat to friends about how they think an exam went will not only mean you lose sleep, but it will also encourage you to overthink. If there’s nothing you can do to change the situation, don’t waste your time and energy trying to.

3. Be prepared

Knowing what will happen on the day will help you to feel more in control of the situation, as well as being prepared for what to do if things don’t go as you had hoped. Remember, there is still every chance you will have done well, or even better than you had hoped, so be prepared for the excitement of that too!


What to do if you don’t get the results you hoped for

Don’t panic!

First of all, stay calm! It may seem like your grades will set out your future, but there are many more options than just getting the requested grades for the college of your choice and not getting into one.

Many colleges and sixth forms are flexible on what grades they will accept. Even if you didn’t get what they requested, it is still worth contacting them to explain the situation – you may find they still accept you or offer to take you on for different subjects.

You can also look at other colleges and sixth forms. Some, like InterHigh’s Sixth Form College, have low or no entry requirements. There is more to intelligence than exam results, and we are always understanding of this.

Assess your options

Start exploring the different options, if you really found exam pressures hard, an apprenticeship or vocational course may be better suited to you. These paths are just as valid as A-Levels, and will set you up incredibly well for future career prospects.

InterHigh’s Sixth Form has no entry requirements, and we still have places available to start this September, so if you want to continue your education and start studying A-Levels, you can! By studying online, with smaller class sizes, there will be less distractions than a traditional sixth form, so you can focus on your study and achieve the best results possible.

Click here to see what A-Levels are on offer:

Decide based on what you want to do, not what others say you should do. Ultimately, it is your choice and only you know what is right for you.

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