“I’m worried I won’t be able to get onto my course or apprenticeship of choice.”
If you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, it’s important not to panic. Talk to your teachers and careers advisors and if you are looking at an apprenticeship talk to your employer or the apprenticeship training provider. They will help you understand what the options are and what you can now do to secure the ideal course or apprenticeship that you are looking for. Remember that this is something that they deal with regularly and are happy to help you find what’s right for you.

“I feel like I’ll disappoint my teachers and parents if my grades aren’t what I’d hoped.”
Not everyone performs well in exams and people can just have a bad day. You may well disappointed if you didn’t get the grades you wanted and that’s totally natural, but be assured that if you worked hard, you won’t be disappointing anyone – these things happen to lots of people!

Your college or apprenticeship may well still take you on. So just call them as soon as you get your results and find out what your options are.

“I can’t manage my anxiety”
It’s difficult but you can and you need to tell yourself that every day. You’ve taken your exams already and worrying about your results and over thinking things before you pick them up, won’t change them. When you feel anxiety coming on take a minute and remember that and take some deep, long breaths – make sure you are breathing deeply and slowly and this will help calm things down. There are some great tips and advice on-line

“I don’t want the pressure of a crowd when I open my results”

You don’t have to open your results in front of anyone. Plan ahead and decide where and how you’d like to open them and then do exactly that. You can find a quiet place or wait until you get home and open them in your own time.

I’m worried about the future.

It can be difficult to separate the future from the here and now, but it’s always good to remember that there are always options no matter how difficult it may seem in the moment. The future can be daunting but it can also be exciting. Before results day it can help to look around at your options and plan for the different scenarios to make sure you are prepared. Talking to others and asking for advice can help, many people have had / are having the same anxieties as you. Results days are not the ‘be all and end all’ and there are a great number of exciting opportunities that lie ahead for your future.

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