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    I'm clinging onto any last scrap of hope I might have got into my firm choice, however, in reality, I'm just kidding myself...does anyone have any encouraging examples of doing well on results when they were convinced they had utterly bombed out?
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    (Original post by 123bella)
    I'm clinging onto any last scrap of hope I might have got into my firm choice, however, in reality, I'm just kidding myself...does anyone have any encouraging examples of doing well on results when they were convinced they had utterly bombed out?
    At results day last year, a number of my friends did pretty much how they expected +/- a grade or two.

    The main source of "hope" I would take from my results day was how many people got into Uni despite missing their offers. A significant number of people (I don't think I'd be lying by saying at least 50%) missed their offer by more than a grade but were still let in, and of those who were rejected by firm + insurance (not many), all secured a place through clearing, apart from one or two who decided to take a gap year.

    Would you mind sharing your firm and the stipulated offer? I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
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    (Original post by Llewellyn)
    At results day last year, a number of my friends did pretty much how they expected +/- a grade or two.

    The main source of "hope" I would take from my results day was how many people got into Uni despite missing their offers. A significant number of people (I don't think I'd be lying by saying at least 50%) missed their offer by more than a grade but were still let in, and of those who were rejected by firm + insurance (not many), all secured a place through clearing, apart from one or two who decided to take a gap year.

    Would you mind sharing your firm and the stipulated offer? I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
    Thanks for the reply!
    St Andrews AAA
    Durham AAB... I know I was capable but I just messed about all year and don't know how to deal with the disappointment, literally let myself down so much
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    Thanks for the reply!
    St Andrews AAA
    Durham AAB... I know I was capable but I just messed about all year and don't know how to deal with the disappointment, literally let myself down so much
    I'd hold on to hope then. It's not uncommon to miss higher offers like that. Also, you can still mess up the final few exams but do well overall. You make it sound like your AS year went better, so that might save some of those grades (remember that, for example, averaging a good A at AS means you can "get away with" averaging a decent B at A2).

    Taking this further, even if everything is a massive disaster and both Unis reject you... well then worst case scenario is that you take a gap year and resit the problematic exams, doing what you know you are capable of, and then get into a good Uni. To be honest, in the context of what happens to most people (dropping out, never getting offers, etc.), this would not be a disaster by any means

    Also, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. It's in the past, and year 13 is a tricky time to get yourself fully into focus to work hard and properly. You probably are used to setting high expectations for yourself, the fact is that in life you will always miss out and a lot of the things that feel like they are entirely your fault, are actually a bit beyond your control. It's nothing you can't recover from.
 
 
 
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