Six things to do if you think you've missed your grades

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A-level results are released on Thursday, 15 August 2019

Finishing your exams can be a strange thing. You’re over the moon that you have your life back but you might be wondering whether you have done enough to get the grades that will get you into uni. 

A part of you can’t wait to plan your move to uni, but another part of you is holding back because you’re worried that if you get too excited that you’ll jinx yourself and you won’t get the grades. Sound familiar?

There’s nothing you can do about your exams now, but what you can do is start to prepare yourself for what might happen on results day in August. Here’s our six tips that will help you feel more in control and prepared for anything.

1. Check the course content for your firm and insurance

It’s a good idea to go back to basics and check the course guide online or in the prospectus to make sure you it’s still right for you.

Based on the amount of research you did throughout the application process it will be unlikely that you'll learn anything new, but it’s still good to double check with yourself that you’re heading in the right direction. 

If you’re nervous about starting uni generally, have a chat with your friends. You’re all in the same boat after all.

2. Visit your future uni

The chances are you’ve visited both your firm and insurance unis at least once during the application process. If you didn’t, consider taking some time out of your summer holidays to take the trip to have a wander around your future home. 

Universities will have open days this side of results day so take advantage of this opportunity if you think it will make you feel better about things. 

You can check out our university open day calendar, contact one of TSR's official university reps who will be able to answer your questions, or post in the relevant university forum.

If a university isn’t running an open day don’t panic, there is no reason why you can’t organise an appointment to visit the university at some point over the summer. Whether it is a campus university or not the chances are you’ll be able to take a walk around to familiarise yourself with it all.

3. Stop trying to predict results day

There are always a lot of questions about grades and grade boundary predictions on The Student Room. No one knows at this stage what the grade boundaries will look like or how lenient universities will be in terms of accepting students who haven’t met their grades.

To put your mind at rest that you’re not missing something read this brilliant information guide by one our university support team members, Slowlorisincognito, who has a huge amount of results day experience. We reckon a lot of your questions will be answered here. 

If you are still worried and think there is a strong chance you could be in Clearing now is the perfect time to consider your options and crack on with your research.

4. Gauge how you'll compare to other students

The majority of students have probably had this thought at least once over the last few months. If you’re feeling nosy check out University Connect to see what offers other students received this year. If you’re still feeling curious find your uni forum.

5. Do your Clearing and Adjustment research now

If you think you haven’t done as well as planned start to consider your options now. If you miss your offer by a grade there is a possibility that you will still be accepted by your firm choice but there is no way of knowing until you check UCAS Track on results day.

Feel prepared for anything by doing your research now. You might want to check out our sister site The Uni Guide, which has a complete guide to finding a university in Clearing. Of course there is your insurance choice, but if you feel in your heart that this option was never going to be right for you then it’s worth looking at what else is out there that might suit you better. 

Unis won’t always know exactly what courses will become available in Clearing before results day but they’ll have a bit of idea. When you’re doing your research online make sure then when you look at the course you look to see whether they are advertising places. If they are this will be clearly stated and in most cases an admissions number will be advertised or you’ll be able to request a call-back.

If you think you’ve aced your exams and are wondering whether you could be suited to a different course or university check out our straightforward guide to Adjustment

6. Get inspiration from students who missed their offer but their firm or insurance uni accepted them?

There is no way of knowing for sure what will happen on results day. But do remember that there are plenty of examples where unis have accepted students that have missed their offers for highly competitive courses so it’s not necessarily all doom and gloom. 

We have a whole thread dedicated to students who missed their grades but got into uni – check it out here. Be warned it’s long, but there are some great stories on there that are bound to make you feel a lot more positive and calm.

More useful links

Guide to A-level results day 2019
How to stop worrying about your exam results
Six things you must do before A-level results day

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