So A Level Results Day 2018 is now a sleep away; hopefully those of you receiving results are taking things easy and getting a good night’s sleep! Results Day is undoubtedly a nerve wracking experience for many which is normal, though it need not be a disastrous day as many get anxious about. Here are some of my top tips which I learnt having received my A Level Results last year:
Check track on UCAS before you collect/view results: I found that this is definitely a good way to brace yourself for your final grades. Track is updated at 8am on the morning of Results Day, and for me personally, I logged in at this time before going in to my sixth form to collect my results. I knew I hadn’t made it to my first choice, but was going to my insurance choice and so this definitely calmed my nerves as I was aware as to which range of grades to expect. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that you have a place at university, or so that you are prepared to enter clearing!
Seek advice/ask questions: This is your results day which will help determine your next steps for the future, and so if there is anything that needs clarifying, whether that be results, advice regarding your options in light of your results or something you wish to know about a university, take the time to ask and make sure you are making informed decisions based on your options available!
Have a plan: So by now you should have a few universities in mind that you are attracted to, alongside your firm and insurance of course. It is a good idea to note down numbers and grade requirements for alternatives should you need to go into clearing to secure a place elsewhere. This should help you feel more in control of your situation by viewing the alternative options available. Remember to remain calm and calculated with your decision. It is important to not delay but be sure to do your research and even go to a clearing open day so that you are sure of your final decision.
Don’t feel as though there is only one path: University is often seen as the default route post results day but it is not for everyone, and that is completely fine! For some, they have an alternate route like an apprenticeship or a gap year set and others decide on this after receiving their results. You may wish to do something you hadn’t considered before, whether that be choosing to take a year out or deciding university is no longer for you, or even using the clearing or adjustment tools on UCAS to find an alternate university or course. As long as you’re making the best decision for you based on all your options, then go with what you feel is best for you – not what others are doing!
And most importantly, don’t dwell on your final decision: It is not uncommon to find yourself dwelling on the ‘what-if’ mindset, particularly if you were close to making your first choice, or if you made a decision that was quite different to your original plan. Once it’s made, however, stick by it and know that your new chapter is going to be what you make it! Your results may not matter in a few years’ time, but your future, whether that be at university or not will be moulded by your attitude and mindset to it – so try and make it a positive one!
Good luck to everyone getting results; let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!