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What should Year 13s do over the summer to prepare for Results?

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How confident are you that you'll achieve the grades you need to get into your firm uni?

Exams are *almost* coming to an end (good luck for any more exams you have left to take!) and we're getting into summer - things are looking up :biggrin:

How are you feeling about how your exams went? Do you think you have met you uni offers, or are you worried you've just missed out? What do you think you'll need on Results Day?

If you're looking to get some prep in for Results Day in case of any unexpected situations, we're here to help, so do ask away or take a look at some of our handy guides and tools.

Use our GoogleSheets template to prepare for Results Day and have some options ready to go if you need them >>

Visit our Mental Health forum to ask a question or chat to others if you think the anxiety is getting a little too much >>

Take a look at 9 quick tips to get you ready for Results Day on The Uni Guide >>

Didn't get any offers? Check out our guide to Ucas Extra here, the process you use before Clearing opens on the 5th July >>

Chat to other people who have applied to your firm choice uni here >>

If you've been through Results Day before, what advice would you give to those finishing off exams and waiting for Results?

Good luck!
(edited 2 years ago)
Original post by BlinkyBill
Exams are *almost* coming to an end (good luck for any more exams you have left to take!) and we're getting into summer - things are looking up :biggrin:

How are you feeling about how your exams went? Do you think you have met you uni offers, or are you worried you've just missed out? What do you think you'll need on Results Day?

If you're looking to get some prep in for Results Day in case of any unexpected situations, we're here to help, so do ask away or take a look at some of our handy guides and tools.

Use our GoogleSheets template to prepare for Results Day and have some options ready to go if you need them >>

Visit our Mental Health forum to ask a question or chat to others if you think the anxiety is getting a little too much >>

Take a look at 9 quick tips to get you ready for Results Day on The Uni Guide >>

Didn't get any offers? Check out our guide to Ucas Extra here, the process you use before Clearing opens on the 5th July >>

Chat to other people who have applied to your firm choice uni here >>

If you've been through Results Day before, what advice would you give to those finishing off exams and waiting for Results?

Good luck!


Results don't determine who you are as a person. But make sure you have a way out in case you don't get what you needed. I don't think there's much use stressing about your results now, you can't do anything to change them. Instead, spend the summer doing the things that you enjoy and preparing for uni/careers/higher education etc..
I think I'll just he preparing alternative options in preparation. I've no idea whether I've done well enough to get into my firm. not gonna worry myself ruminating over that :afraid:
Hi there.

I agree with @asianism that results don't determine who you are as a person. :smile:

You know how hard you've worked and how much effort and progress you've made over the years - everyone's learning journey is different so try not to compare yourself with others. So long as you tried your best you can't regret not giving your all in the exams! Make the most of the summer holidays by doing enjoyable and relaxing things as exams can be very stressful and a lot hard work. Try not to worry about exams, results etc. as unfortunately worrying won't change your results. @Obolinda you can do this - not long left now! :smile:

It may be wise to have a back up plan incase you don't get the grades you were hoping for on results day i.e. clearing, taking a gap year to do resits, researching different unis to apply to next year with lower/alternative entry requirements or even taking a gap year if you're unsure about your course/uni or for personal circumstances etc. If you get in then that's great - well done in advance! :biggrin: If you didn't then try not to panic as gap years can be used productively to improve your application with volunteering, work experience and resits as well as giving you time to prepare for uni by learning useful life skills like cooking or driving. There's no rush to get into uni and there's lots of different people of different ages who are at uni so try not to worry about age being a factor for socialising and making friends.


Good luck for your remaining exams and results day! :smile:
Best wishes.
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honestly after my biology papers im not sure, i dont mind getting into my insurance if im very honest, but im so so not confident honestly
Reply 5
I've been doing so well for the past 2 years, and I feel like I ruined everything in my exams, even though I still worked hard. I don't think I'll be able to go to my firm or insurance (which I was really excited about) and I don't know how I would tell people my grades especially my family :frown:
Original post by STPZ
I've been doing so well for the past 2 years, and I feel like I ruined everything in my exams, even though I still worked hard. I don't think I'll be able to go to my firm or insurance (which I was really excited about) and I don't know how I would tell people my grades especially my family :frown:


literally how i feel , i really want to do well so my family can be smiling..thats really the only reason
Funnily enough, I was the year that didn't have to do their A-Level exams whatsoever, so I didn't have the normal post-exam anxiety, but instead worrying about how the grades would be calculated and if they would be a true reflection of my efforts across the past two years in Sixth Form. Having done GCSEs, though, I know the feeling all too well.

The best thing you can do after exams is to forget about them entirely. Enjoy the blissful ignorance of not knowing, because that's honestly a blessing we take for granted. When those grades are out of your hands, there is nothing you can do to change them, so you might as well enjoy your well-deserved summer holiday and de-stress from exams.

At least you guys don't have to anxiously await results during lockdown- that was not fun. Best of luck to everyone who still have a few exams left and to those who have finally completed their last one. It'll all be something of the past soon, so get preparing for university!
Reply 8
not sure what I will do if I dont get in. I've messed up on one subject so far
50% (at the point of writing this) feel that they have missed the grades for their university choice.

Now whether this is because they are underestimating their actual performance in the exam, or are sure of it ( like I am), this could be indicative of a large portion of people ending up into clearing.

I wonder whether universities will be more relaxed about grades this year, considering most students haven't done exams before ,and feel that they haven't performed as well as they could?
Original post by AliceRoseGuy
50% (at the point of writing this) feel that they have missed the grades for their university choice.

Now whether this is because they are underestimating their actual performance in the exam, or are sure of it ( like I am), this could be indicative of a large portion of people ending up into clearing.

I wonder whether universities will be more relaxed about grades this year, considering most students haven't done exams before ,and feel that they haven't performed as well as they could?

not sure because universities only have so many places
Original post by lesgo21
not sure because universities only have so many places


Also depends on how subscribed the course is
Reply 12
I basically have a crisis every night before an exam about whether I can get into my firm but I'm really hoping I've done enough.
Original post by AliceRoseGuy
50% (at the point of writing this) feel that they have missed the grades for their university choice.

Now whether this is because they are underestimating their actual performance in the exam, or are sure of it ( like I am), this could be indicative of a large portion of people ending up into clearing.

I wonder whether universities will be more relaxed about grades this year, considering most students haven't done exams before ,and feel that they haven't performed as well as they could?


Unfortunately I don't think so as only a very small sample of people have voted. Also I feel like the results will be very skewed as many of us (like me) were only directed to this thread because we think we've missed our offers.
But hopefully I am wrong and grade boundaries will be lower this year!!
I guess we'll have to wait and see...
I actually feel that my exams went relatively well. I won't be going to university this year so if I miss my deferred offer there'll be time to fix it. I had been worrying about it for some time but I've come to realise that there's nothing more that can be done after you finish your exams. I've worked really hard for the last two years and especially in the month leading up to it. I just really hope that I'll do well in these exams and I'll make both myself and my family proud.
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Reply 15
Original post by hyacinth77
I actually feel that my exams went relatively well. I won't be going to university this year so if I miss my deferred offer there'll be time to fix it. I had been worrying about it for some time but I've come to realise that there's nothing more that can be done after you finish your exams. I've worked really hard for the last two years and especially in the month leading up to exams. I just really hope that I'll do well in these exams and I'll make both myself and my family proud.

What do you mean by if I miss my deferred offer there'll be time to fix it? I thought if you don't make your firm/insurance's grades you have to reapply the next year so it's not 100% that you will stay
Original post by STPZ
What do you mean by if I miss my deferred offer there'll be time to fix it? I thought if you don't make your firm/insurance's grades you have to reapply the next year so it's not 100% that you will stay


Hello!
I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused with my comment.

For context, I applied through UCAS and deferred from the start. I currently hold an offer for BBB (my insurance is the exact same which is a bit silly but another offer I held actually got lowered so they all ended up being the same)

If you don't end up getting your deferred offer (which I'm sure you won't), you're going to have to reapply from September. You can also resit any exams during this time because I'm pretty sure you'll get the grades from the November resit in time for the UCAS deadline. Hope this helps :smile:
Reply 17
Original post by hyacinth77
Hello!
I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused with my comment.

For context, I applied through UCAS and deferred from the start. I currently hold an offer for BBB (my insurance is the exact same which is a bit silly but another offer I held actually got lowered so they all ended up being the same)

If you don't end up getting your deferred offer (which I'm sure you won't), you're going to have to reapply from September. You can also resit any exams during this time because I'm pretty sure you'll get the grades from the November resit in time for the UCAS deadline. Hope this helps :smile:

Ahh that makes more sense now. Thanks now lets just enjoy the summer and hope for the best:biggrin:

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