Natasha Devon: How to get yourself ready for GCSE or Nationals results day

This article was last updated on 17 June 2022.

GCSE and National Qualifications results day can be stressful at the best of times, but with all the disruption experienced over the past couple of years, you might be 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. You may be able to do re-takes – you can find out through your school 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.

If you want more information on what to do if you are unhappy with your grades then head to this page

For more awesome advice and top tips for before, during and after results day, check out our results day collection.

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 Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

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