Six essential ways to prepare for GCSE results day

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It’s natural to feel nervous about GCSE results day...

Not to mention a little (or very) excited depending on how you feel your exams have gone. 

So that you can focus on enjoying your well-earned rest over the summer ,we’ve pulled together a quick list to ensure you're prepared for your big day. 

1. Check out our GCSE results advice page

There is something on TSR's GCSE results hub for everyone, including what to do if you're stressed about results day and understanding your GCSE results day slip.

The chances are that if your older brother or sister has already completed their GCSEs, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. However, it’s still definitely worth having a quick read over to make sure you have everything straight in your head. 

2. Know what to expect on GCSE results day

Our guide to what to expect on GCSE results day is a must-read for you, your friends, parents – even your granny! After reading this you’ll be ready to deal with anything and your friends and family will be clued up enough to support you, too. 

Read this guide and make a plan for how you want your GCSE results day to play out. Will you want to walk to school alone or go with friends? Jump in the car with your folks perhaps?

If you have a holiday planned, make sure you let your school know that someone else will be picking up your results for you.

3. Get clued up on GCSE grade boundaries

Grade boundaries have been hotly debated this summer throughout the exam season on TSR. There are plenty of discussions around grade boundaries in the GCSE forum where you can ask questions and receive advice from other students and our knowledgeable support team.

We have written about how grade boundaries work. In summary, grade boundaries consider the overall performance of your year; they reflect whether or not, as a whole, students who sat the exam found it difficult or easy, or rather average. This means that if the majority for the paper very difficult paper, indicated by the lack of correct answers grade boundaries are likely to be lower, whilst they will often be higher if the exam was found to be easy; if the majority of students scored highly. Grade boundaries differ year on year to ensure everyone receives a fair grade. 

4. Seek advice on resits

Right now this is something that you probably don’t want to think about and hopefully you’ll never need to. But if you are feeling a little wobbly over how you think your exams went, have a read of our GCSE results day guidance to help you feel more prepared and in control.

Then on results day, if you're not happy with your results, you’ll feel a little more sure of yourself when it comes to talking to your teachers about your options.

5. Decide whether to go for A-levels or choose IB

This question pops up all the time on TSR, member Calllu-m’s guide on how to make the choice between IB and A-levels that will best suit you over the next two years is a must-read if you’re still feeling unsure.

It also explains why you should consider how choosing one of these routes will impact on your university subject choices and application. 

6. Read our guide to A-level reforms

If you’re going to be starting you’re A-levels in September make sure you read our student’s guide to A-level reforms. There is a three-year roll-out plan with different subjects reforming at different times, some schools and colleges will continue to facilitate AS levels, others won’t. If you’re unsure it’s best to check sooner rather than later so you know what you’re facing in September. 

If you’re considering applying to uni in a year’s time this is one article you should definitely read to ensure you’re ticking all the boxes ready for when you make your application. 

You can also check out a university student's guide on prepare for your A-levels

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