Apologies if there's a more appropriate thread this can go into. (I looked and didn't see anything).
I'm not sure if this is common ground, as I haven't heard of my friends having done it.
The night before my results were released last year, I went onto the telegraph and checked out the openings for courses on Clearing. I researched the courses I was interested in and their entry grades versus what the "worst case scenario" of points I thought I would be opening in the morning.
I wrote these courses down on a document/page with all the contact info of that university. I was hoping that I didn't need this page, but I knew that if my grades didn't go to plan, I would be a crumbling mess unable to keep my thoughts straight and unable to choose a university I had properly thought out.
So, I had a page with several courses, their university, phone number so when it came to the time I didn't get my expected grades, I simply called these already prepared numbers and asked to get into their uni!
For those worrying about results day: Clearing is a beautiful thing. On results day I got 4 offers! One university that I never even thought about rang me just before the 5pm opening time and begged me to join their uni!
Hope that some of you follow this as I definitely think it was the best thing I ever done!
Find out which unis are hot off the mark here