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How To Prepare For Results Day

May/ June Series 2023

by Maryam Farham | 09 August 2023

The clock is ticking, and with each passing hour, we draw nearer to the Results Day for the May/ June Series of 2023. Whether you’re an O-level or an A-level student, you might find yourself caught in a whirlwind of emotions – a mix of stress and excitement as the day approaches. In this blog, we will provide you with essential tips on how to prepare for this momentous occasion. So, fret not, and let’s dive into the full blog.

Think Positive

reflect on your year-long achievements

As the results day looms near, it’s natural to ponder over what could have been done differently during the exams. However, instead of dwelling on the past, let’s shift our focus on celebrating the incredible journey of the past academic year. Take a moment to reflect on all the challenges and obstacles you conquered along the way. 

Compile a list of all your achievements, no matter how seemingly insignificant they may appear, and let them serve as a testament to your dedication and perseverance. Embrace the belief that your potential knows no bounds, and your triumphs are just the beginning of a brilliant path ahead. By banishing self-doubt and embracing a positive mindset, you’ll safeguard your mental and physical well-being, empowering yourself to face whatever lies ahead with unwavering confidence.

If you’re seeking further tips on boosting your self-esteem during these challenging times, check out our blog on how to develop self-esteem.

Talk It Out With an Adult or Your Friends

If the upcoming results day has your mind buzzing with worry, remember you don’t have to carry the burden all alone. Take a moment to share your feelings with someone you trust – be it a supportive adult or a close friend. Expressing your emotions and concerns about the day can provide much-needed relief and help you understand that you are not alone in this journey; countless other students are facing the same experience. Sometimes, a little conversation can go a long way in soothing your mind and nurturing your mental well-being.

Practice Mindfulness and Focus on Mental Well-being

Incorporating mindfulness in your preparation process can be a game-changer as you navigate the emotional roller coaster and high expectations that come with the results day. The practice of mindfulness is being fully present and conscientiously aware of your thoughts, feelings, and environment. Practising mindfulness can help reduce anxiety and improve focus, allowing you to approach results day with a clear and centred mind. 

Additionally, practising stress management techniques could help you effectively tackle the stress you may experience during this period. It’s essential to prioritise your emotional well-being and take proactive steps to clear your mind and find moments of respite. Engaging in activities you enjoy can be an excellent way to unwind and distract yourself from the stress and intrusive thoughts that may be accumulating in your mind.

For more information on mindfulness practices and how they can enhance your well-being during this critical time, explore this comprehensive guide to mindfulness techniques – What is Mindfulness: Benefits, How to Practise, and More.

Gather All the Info You Need

Be Prepared for the Big Day

Make sure you’re well-prepared as the big results day approaches. If you are a private candidate, ensure you have all your login details ready before the results day. If not, check with the British Council to obtain the necessary information. For school students, it’s essential to touch base with your school to know the timing and procedure for accessing the results. Staying updated with all the relevant news will help you avoid unnecessary panic on the actual results day. Make sure to visit the British Council website to familiarise yourself with the grade thresholds and other essential details.

Explore Your Path

Embracing All Outcomes With Courage

As the much-awaited results day inches closer, it’s essential to adopt a positive mindset and be prepared for whatever lies ahead. Let’s consider the two potential scenarios that could unfold:

Scenario 1: Achieving the Desired Results and Beyond

In this best-case scenario, you’ll achieve your desired grades or perhaps even exceed your expectations. Well, if that’s the case, then congratulations! Enjoy the sense of accomplishment and take a moment to celebrate your triumphs. Celebrate your success with your loved ones while recognising the commitment and effort that brought you here.

But as you celebrate your achievement, keep in mind that others may feel otherwise. Avoid boasting excessively on social media since it may offend people who didn’t get the outcomes they were hoping for. Instead, focus on inspiring and motivating your fellow students, and remember that everyone will eventually find their route to success because every student’s journey is different.

Scenario 2: Embracing Unexpected Turns

Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way we plan them to, and that includes the results we wish for on results day. Take a deep breath and try to keep in mind that if your results don’t meet your expectations, it’s not the end of the world. Life’s journey, inevitably, includes disappointments, which present beneficial chances for development and resilience. Embracing a growth mindset in this situation will allow you to navigate your emotions more effectively and will allow you to perceive each and every setback as a doorway to another opportunity.

Allow yourself to experience all the feelings that come up right now, but resist letting despair take over. Just keep in mind that life has much more to offer than just exam marks. Success is a never-ending process of learning and self-discovery that is formed by both victories and setbacks.

After giving yourself some time to process, think about the variables that might have influenced your outcomes. Make progress with this understanding. To explore various solutions, such as rechecking or retaking tests, get guidance from teachers, school counsellors, and your parents. These decisions may open up new avenues and point you in the direction of a future brimming with even more promising possibilities.

For practical guidance on embracing unexpected outcomes and recovering from failure, you can check out this insightful article from Psychology Today: The Essential Guide for Recovering From Failure | Psychology Today. It offers valuable insights and strategies to develop resilience and adaptability when facing unforeseen challenges. Remember, a growth mindset empowers you to view setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning, guiding you towards a brighter and more resilient future.

Additionally, if you’re looking for effective strategies to handle post-exam stress, our blog on ‘How to Cope with Post-Exam Stress’ provides valuable insights into managing the emotional challenges that may arise amid the period after exams and before results.

remember grades don't define you

Though it may sound cliche, you should always keep in mind that you are more valuable than your grades. Whether or not you were successful in getting the marks you aimed for, it’s critical to understand that academic performance is only one factor in success. Your personality and character are also shaped by other factors. While grades do matter in terms of getting into your ideal university and are merely printed letters on black and white paper, it’s important to realise that you have more to give to the world than just your grades.

Life is an incredible journey of constant learning and growth. Every experience we have, whether it’s within the walls of a classroom or out in the world, has the potential to shape who we are as individuals. It’s important to understand that we are worth so much more than the grades on our exams. Each of us possesses unique qualities and talents that can make a significant impact on the world around us. True success is about exploring and embracing our diverse interests and abilities, and using them to guide us towards a purposeful future. So, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks. You never know what you might discover about yourself!

I understand that this is an important time for all the students out there, but remember, we have already proven our resilience by surviving the pandemic and adapting to online classrooms. So, there’s no doubt that we can handle the results day too. Let’s not allow stress or worry about the future to dampen our holidays. I wish you all the luck and success in achieving your goals!

Remember, the results day is just one step along the path of lifelong learning and personal development. Embrace it with a positive mindset, and regardless of the outcome, have faith in your potential to achieve greatness. Congratulations on finishing your exams, and I’m sending you my best wishes for a successful results day!


Author: Maryam Farham
Proofreaders: Syed Muhammad Shaheer Ali, Nimra Khalil, Zainab Dar


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Published: 9 August 2023
Last Updated: 9 August 2023
Written by Maryam Farhan