Natasha Devon: How to get yourself results-day-ready

This article was last updated on 30 July 2020.

Results day can be stressful at the best of times, but the cancellation of exams might mean you're feeling a range of emotions as results day approaches this year. That's normal and it's important to look after yourself.

We asked Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner and author of Yes You Can: Ace Your Exams Without Losing Your Mind for some handy advice on how to get results-day-ready and how to get through it whether you got the results you expected or not.

Take a deep breath and take some time to reflect on the best way forward, try not to panic. You've got this. – Natasha Devon.

Lead up to results day

The build up to results day can be as stressful as the day itself. Here are Natasha's tips for keeping calm in the run up to the big day:

1. Turn your attention to things you can control like looking after yourself and planning for the future.

2. Have an agreement with your friends that you won't hold anything you say or do on results day against each other in the future.

3. Plan something fun for the afternoon after you get your results such as going to a park with friends.

Next steps

If you did get the results you were expecting then well done! If not, then it's okay. Natasha has some tips to help you with your next steps:

1. If you didn't do as well as you'd hoped, take some time to reflect on the best way forward. Try not to panic.

2. You still have lots of options open to you like going through Clearing. You may be able to do re-takes – you can find out through your school or college if this is the case.

3. If you are finding it hard to sleep, try a simple mindfulness technique such as creating a positive affirmation for yourself.

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