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How to deal with exam results

17th August 2019

If you haven’t got the exam grades you were hoping for all is not lost. It may mean reconsidering your chosen course or university but there is advice out there to help you.

Think about what went wrong

If it goes pear-shaped, take a bit of time to reflect upon why. Were A-levels the right form of study for you, or would you have been better with a different approach to learning? What did you enjoy? Which bits did you find challenging? Considering these things will help you decide what to do next.

Don’t be hard on yourself

There will be things in life that don’t work out as you hope. Being able to take something positive out of those disappointments is a valuable skill.

Get in touch

Make contact with universities that have vacancies in Clearing and see if they might make you an offer. Tell them what you’re interested in and that you’re willing to work hard.

Keep control

You have to make decisions quickly in Clearing, but try to keep a clear head and don’t jump at the first offer. Aim to give yourself 24 hours to research courses and universities before making a final commitment. Admissions tutors should be understanding.

Ask the right questions

If you’re offered a place in Clearing, find out what the accommodation is like. Is this somewhere you’re going to be able to live? What’s your commute going to be like? There are all sorts of considerations that could affect your happiness.

Take advice

The Exam Results Helpline is made up of professionally trained advisers who are qualified, independent and impartial. They can give hard facts to help you make your own decision.

Remember there are always other options

You can take a gap year, you can resit exams, you can consider different modes of study.

The Exam Results Helpline number is 0808 100 8000.

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