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Preparing for A-level results day
A-level results day is on the 18th August 2022, and that can feel like a long time to wait with the next few years hanging in the balance. Alternatively, if you are from Scotland, SQA results are due to be released to students on Tuesday 9th August 2022.
Host have prepared a series of tips to ensure that everything goes smoothly while you’re waiting.
Remember it’s all done now
All the hard work is over. You’ve just spent all this time focusing on your studies and you’re finished for the year. This means there’s no use worrying now, as what’s done is done. Make sure to remind yourself that you’ve done everything you can, and the outcome is out of your hands. You can handle whatever happens.
Make a Plan B
Unexpected things can happen. So, it’s best to be prepared. Hopefully everything will go to plan, but a back-up plan will help you stay relaxed if you somehow miss out on your offer. A carefully considered plan-B will prevent any on the day panic.
Ensure you have everything you need
When you go to collect your results, there will be a few things you need. A fully charged phone is at the top of the list, whether you have your offer or not.
Ideally on your phone, make a list of the phone numbers for the admissions teams for the universities you applied for. If you did not make the grades, then what you will need to do is call these universities, starting with the ones who made an offer.
You will also want to make a note of your UCAS ID and clearing number (can be found on UCAS track). This means you will also need your UCAS Track login details.
Understand the clearing process
Don’t be distracted by others
There will be a lot of other people around you waiting for their results. Try not to get caught up in the emotions and reactions of them. Your situation is unique to yourself, which means focusing on others or comparing yourself is not going to help. Remain calm on the day and you’ll make smarter results day decisions.
Check UCAS track
On the morning of the results day, before you go and collect your results physically, go and check your UCAS track. The website normally updates around 8am (sometimes before). This may take some pressure off your morning as you can find out if you’ve got a space.
Try to not think about it until the day
A-level results take is a big moment in your life, making it difficult to forget about. However, if you can put it to the back of your mind until the day of, it’s for the best. With it being out of your control, there is no point in stressing or dwelling after the fact. Go out, enjoy yourself and live your best life.
When you get your results, you will then be making some serious decisions about what to do next. It’s always best to make decisions like these when you’re feeling rested. A good tip is to avoid social media an hour before you fall asleep so you wake up fresh for results day.
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