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Exam results. In this age where we see most people’s success online. Some of us dread the day when we return to school during the summer holidays to face your teachers, your peers and your parents about a piece of paper in an envelope that could partially dictate the rest of your life.

However, I am going to help you know how to deal with the most hated parts about results day.

1. People who cry over their A or A*/ 7 -9:

Now, we should all be grateful. The matter of fact is what do you need: Do you need a B to get into the sixth form of your dreams? Or is that ‘8’ the only way for you to reach your goals.

Although, we need to see from the perspective of those who shed a tear over their great grades.

We all have ambitions for ourselves. Maybe, their average is an A but they want to push themselves even harder to do more, to be the best in the country in a subject and not reaching their goals can be crushing after all the back-breaking work they had to go through.

Honestly, have some sympathy for anyone who is crying on results day.

2. Feeling ‘I could have done better if…’:

I do not want to be harsh but the trut is; it is too late. It is over. I know of course we all could have done better but you need to accept – I need to accept – that love island said it best, ‘it is what it is’.

I think one will always have this feeling, that you would have, you could have, you should have but in the end, you did not. As long as you tried your best in the revision time then you can sleep easy at night. 

3. The stress leading up to results day:

You should not stress. Try not to be anxious about events you can not control. Accept it. Also, know that nerves are not the same as anxiety. Nerves are more from excitement and anticipation.

Most people I know ignore the whole idea of results day, push it to the back of their mind, to forget about it until the minute before they open that envelope.

 I do not think is the worst strategy but you could do better, for instance, accept that it is going to happen and live your life.

I know from time to time you will worry about it or someone will question you about how you think it went but answer and change the subject if it is too much for you.

4. People wanting to see your grade, not you:

Some people on the results day will strut up to you without even a quick ‘Hello’ or ‘How was your summer? But will have the audacity to bombard you with the question ‘ What did you get?’

Do not be this person. Even if you are desperate, you need to remember it is not your business. It all comes down to comparing yourself to others.

Do your own thing. Do you have the grades you wanted? If yes, great. Feel good, be excited for yourself and your own opportunities. I am not saying ignore all your friends, I am saying respect people’s privacy.

Of course, there are positives to every experience, the top three were ‘seeing others get what they deserve’, ‘proving people wrong, hard work paying off’. 

Moments like these are truly so great. Seeing someone you care about achieving what they aimed for can feel more satisfying than your own achievements. When you shock your teachers especially if they did not believe in you or cheer you on it can be a great feeling because you have done it for yourself without support. 

A great tip that I have to offer is calm down. GCSE’s are important but they are not the be-all and end-all in life.

You will have other opportunities, life will go on. However, I do know people hate being told to ‘calm down’ so I have a question for you:

Why are you anxious? Do you feel like you did not try your hardest? If so, then learn from it. Our generation preaches how we are not taught the right lessons in school so teach yourself one. Learn from your mistakes. 

Olakitan Delano

Social Issues Writer at Worth of Mouth
Olakitan Delano has been writing since the age of twelve. Discovering her love for writing when she first published in Grim Tales - West Country Legends anthology. Her wide range of views reflect her multifaceted approach to social issues and business entrepreneurship.
Olakitan Delano
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