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    I'm in year 12 and just finished all my AS exams and I know I failed them all. I don't know what to do anymore, I'm so upset.

    The issue is that I'm suffering from "IBS" according to my doctor, which I've had since year 10 and this has given me extreme anxiety and depression. I don't know how I made it through GCSE but I did, however, my symptoms have become worse as the years progress and I don't know what to do anymore. The doctors don't know what to do anymore...

    Anyway, I've always been clever and I have high expectations for myself but during year 12 I missed so many school days and taking the exams in the halls were horrendous; I could barely concentrate. I feel like giving up. There's no hope anymore! My parents don't understand, and I bet the school won't understand.

    The thing is I know I have so much potential but I'm so limited now. And because I've basically failed my AS is there even a future for me. All I've ever wanted was to excel in school, go to an amazing university and persue my dreams of becoming someone great... But I don't even know anymore. I want to tell the teachers but I'm worried I'm gonna get laughed at or they won't take it seriously.
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    The best advice is either resit the year or seek an alternative way to achieve your aspirations.
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    You won't get laughed at for the condition you have. Be straight with them and tell them how it is. Anyways your exams are completed now and you can't do much other than letting the exam board know about this extenuating circumstance (if its not too late) which wouldn't impact your grade significantly.

    Have you considered resitting the year?
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    Okay, I know it doesn't feel like it right now but your life honestly isn't over. You have so many options now as to what to do, don't give up just yet

    First of all, book an appointment to go and see your doctor again asap. Tell them that your health problems and resulting anxiety from it has caused you significant problems during your exams this year and that you feel that you need them to be properly addressed. IBS can be controlled through diet, various medications - it should not be affecting you like this. If nothing helps, you need a second opinion and a referral to a specialist as it might not be IBS at all (lactose intolerance, coeliac disease, gynaecological conditions and generalised anxiety disorders are all often misdiagnosed as IBS.) As for your mental health, again you can consider medications to help you get it under control. Ask for some form of CBT or counselling to help you through and address the roots of the issue. You need to get your health under control first and foremost.

    Secondly, you wait and see until results day if you really have failed your exams. You have no way knowing as yet - it can be really hard to make that judgement when you transition from GCSEs to A Levels. You may find that you've done fine. If not, you again have so many options. Firstly, you can pick out some exams that you did particularly poorly at and think about resitting them next year. I am resitting two of my AS exams this year - it's not much extra work on top of my other exams and I have such a better grasp on the content this year. Secondly, you think about resitting the entire year - you could do that at your current school or somewhere else. Thirdly, you think about packing in A Levels and doing a different course - and despite what many people (especially TSR) lead you to believe, you can go to an excellent university on an excellent course and achieve great things by doing HNDs and BTECs.

    Hope this helps a little
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    (Original post by 713Wave)
    The best advice is either resit the year or seek an alternative way to achieve your aspirations.
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    You won't get laughed at for the condition you have. Be straight with them and tell them how it is. Anyways your exams are completed now and you can't do much other than letting the exam board know about this extenuating circumstance (if its not too late) which wouldn't impact your grade significantly.

    Have you considered resitting the year?

    I really don't think I could retake and deal with another year at school with the same problems... I don't find my subjects difficult but the exams say otherwise...
    what happens if I notify the examiners? Like will the uni's ignore my predicted grades? But if they do how will they even know if I have potential?

    I'm planning on trying to cure/manage it this summer so I can go back next year actually achieving to my potential.
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    (Original post by guggle898889)
    I really don't think I could retake and deal with another year at school with the same problems... I don't find my subjects difficult but the exams say otherwise...
    what happens if I notify the examiners? Like will the uni's ignore my predicted grades? But if they do how will they even know if I have potential?

    I'm planning on trying to cure/manage it this summer so I can go back next year actually achieving to my potential.
    Don't bother notifying the examiner, they couldn't care less and will just reply saying you should have notified your exams officer so you could get some extra time.
    Do your own research on what will work best for you and tell your head of sixth form about your condition and choice.
    From then on you will have some support to get your life back on track.
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    (Original post by guggle898889)
    I really don't think I could retake and deal with another year at school with the same problems... I don't find my subjects difficult but the exams say otherwise...
    what happens if I notify the examiners? Like will the uni's ignore my predicted grades? But if they do how will they even know if I have potential?

    I'm planning on trying to cure/manage it this summer so I can go back next year actually achieving to my potential.
    you sure your teachers will laugh? maybe if you tell them they can get some special tings in place that helps makes exams easier and well probably havent failed like you think im sure you did fine but if you didnt do as well good to follow the advice of the post above if not resiting the whole year resit a few of the exams and mayb you could talk to your teachers and see what they can do for your predicted grades maybe base them more on your work throughout the year rather than As exam results and they can know if you have potential by other things like personal statement, references maybe any work expereince you did your a levels arent the only thing they look at you could also check the university sites and see if they have anything in place for people in your sort of situation
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    (Original post by Bethaaaaany)
    Okay, I know it doesn't feel like it right now but your life honestly isn't over. You have so many options now as to what to do, don't give up just yet

    First of all, book an appointment to go and see your doctor again asap. Tell them that your health problems and resulting anxiety from it has caused you significant problems during your exams this year and that you feel that you need them to be properly addressed. IBS can be controlled through diet, various medications - it should not be affecting you like this. If nothing helps, you need a second opinion and a referral to a specialist as it might not be IBS at all (lactose intolerance, coeliac disease, gynaecological conditions and generalised anxiety disorders are all often misdiagnosed as IBS.) As for your mental health, again you can consider medications to help you get it under control. Ask for some form of CBT or counselling to help you through and address the roots of the issue. You need to get your health under control first and foremost.

    Secondly, you wait and see until results day if you really have failed your exams. You have no way knowing as yet - it can be really hard to make that judgement when you transition from GCSEs to A Levels. You may find that you've done fine. If not, you again have so many options. Firstly, you can pick out some exams that you did particularly poorly at and think about resitting them next year. I am resitting two of my AS exams this year - it's not much extra work on top of my other exams and I have such a better grasp on the content this year. Secondly, you think about resitting the entire year - you could do that at your current school or somewhere else. Thirdly, you think about packing in A Levels and doing a different course - and despite what many people (especially TSR) lead you to believe, you can go to an excellent university on an excellent course and achieve great things by doing HNDs and BTECs.

    Hope this helps a little
    Thank you so much for this encouragement. It honestly means a lot! I've botteled this up for so long; I try to think I'm strong and that's it's all in my head but it just upsets me even more. I feel like I've dissapointed my parents and annoy the Doctor.

    It's just really upsetting seeing my friends go to the library, attend every lesson, not be afraid to talk to class or socialize with others, and get good grades. I'm be honest, I am jelous. It makes me mad seeing some people throw away their potential because they're too lazy or something, idk. I whist want to be normal.

    Anyway, sorry about rambling. Thank you so much again!!
 
 
 
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