My January exam results came out on February 10th but I know that some subjects have only very recently received theirs, so I think what I’m about to say is relevant to many.
I’m not going to lie, but I wasn’t expecting great things from my PS3002: Brain and Cognition exam (I wrote about why here). I was almost certain I had failed, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had passed, and had passed with a very high 2:2 (I wouldn’t usually be happy with a 2:2 but for an exam I was convinced I had failed, I pretty chuffed with it!).
What I wasn’t so pleased about were the results for my other two exams. They were better than Brain and Cognition but not as good as I know I could have received. I think this is partly down to the fact that I had severely underestimated the difference between second year exams and third year ones. I genuinely think I was still in a second year mind-set of ‘ehh it counts but not as much a third year’ (note I said ‘was’. My exam results have well and truly snapped me out of that!). I’m taking this as a lesson to myself that I will definitely take on board before my last ever university exams in the summer (ahhh!). I also think that unfair questions, and being expected to do too much extra reading for many topics which would never come up on the exam were to blame as well (not that I’m making excuses, I just don’t feel it was all down to me).
Anyway, what I wanted to say was if you’re feeling bad about exam results, don’t because 99% of the time the results will never be as bad as you think. Even if the results are bad it’s not the end of the world; there is still time to recover as long as you put in the hard work, time, and effort! I know that’s what I’m going to do. Library, I’m coming for ya!