Many students will receive their exam results this month. Scottish students already found out how they did in their Nationals yesterday, and English students await their GCSE and A-Level results.
It’s a nerve-wracking time. All that hard work put into studying and now you find out if it was worth it.
There are some students who won’t do as well as they expected. Others will fail, while others narrowly miss out on grades. It’s not the end of the world and I want to tell you that you don’t need to worry too much about it.
Have you not done well in exams? Well, I want to help.
Let me tell you a secret: I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped I would, either.
In fact, as soon as I heard about my A-Level results, I was on the phone to the university of my choice to find out if they would still offer me a place. Luckily, they did.
And yours may do too.
I was one grade away from acceptance. It is worth giving your university choice a call to find out if they’ll accept you anyway. They’ve given you an offer for a reason, after all! They like you and now it’s time to convince them to give you that place anyway.
And if they don’t? Well, it’s time to look at something else.
I’ll tell you another secret: creative writing was my worst subject at school.
Examiners and teachers just didn’t understand the meanings behind my stories. Does that mean they weren’t good? Well, they weren’t great but writing is subjective and it’s one that I still don’t understand how it can be graded.
My writing couldn’t be that bad…I’m a writer now, after all!
So, you can reach your dreams or do something with your life after your exam results. They don’t tell you everything about your future.
Just a few options available to you include:
- Taking some time out and going back to school later
- Getting into a company from the bottom up
- Finding something else that you would like to do
- Finding an apprenticeship
- Changing your course or university
The world has its opportunities. Please don’t let some bad grades right now stop you in your tracks. Take hold of those opportunities with two hands and really make the most of them. I know you can do it!