Results: How to cope on the day

This article was last updated on 17 July 2020.

Film with GCSE and Nationals revision tips and advice, from exam survivors The Mind Set
  • Have realistic expectations of your results

Find out about setting realistic goals

  • Decide before you get your results whether you want to open them alone or with others
  • Ask someone you really trust to meet you afterwards so that, whatever the news, you can celebrate or commiserate
  • Remember that it’s your results that matter, not anyone else’s. If you have got what you worked and hoped for then that is all that counts
  • If they are not what you wanted, it’s OK to be disappointed, but remember it’s not the end of the world.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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