GCSE RE­SULTS SPE­CIAL

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Gcse Results Special -

If you’re col­lect­ing your GCSE re­sults to­day (Thurs­day Au­gust 25), the date will prob­a­bly mark the first time you’ve ever picked up for­mal exam re­sults. The grades you get will pro­vide you with im­por­tant qual­i­fi­ca­tions and help you progress onto A-lev­els or fur­ther study. There’s no get­ting away from the fact that it can be a stress­ful day so it’s good to be as re­laxed and ready as you can.

Here is some great ad­vice from The Stu­dent Room web­site on GCSE re­sults day.

Stay­ing calm for GCSE re­sults day 2016: If you’re feel­ing anx­ious about re­sults day, try to look af­ter your­self in the days be- fore. When you’re feel­ing stressed, get­ting some ex­er­cise can help clear your head. It doesn’t have to be a mas­sive gym ses­sion - just a quick jog or a brisk walk will do the job.

Look out for what you’re eat­ing as well. Steer clear of junk food and aim for healthy food such as nuts and veg­gies. It will help keep your blood sugar lev­els on an even keel and keep your head clear.

With the school rou­tine a dis­tant mem­ory, late nights can eas­ily be­come the or­der of the day. But it’s no fun feel­ing half-asleep on a day when you re­ally need your wits about you.

How to pre­pare for GCSE re­sults day: On the day, make sure you pack your mo­bile phone so you can give your par­ents a call af­ter get­ting your re­sults.

One tip... as you re­veal your re­sults to them, read the grades from low­est to high­est. Pack a bot­tle of wa­ter and some tissues. Make sure you’re not run­ning on an empty stom­ach, grab a bit of break­fast be­fore you head down to school.

De­cide where you want to open your GCSE re­sults. Imag­ine your best and worst case sce­nario, and think about whether you’re happy to ex­pe­ri­ence what­ever ‘suc­cess’ or ‘fail­ure’ means to you on your own or with friends.”

Some stu­dents nip off to a toi­let cu­bi­cle to open their re­sults, oth­ers rip them open in front of their friends and teach­ers. Ev­ery­one’s dif­fer­ent, so make sure you’re not peer-pres­sured into open­ing your re­sults with friends if you’re not feel­ing com­fort­able or con­fi­dent.

It’s best to be some­where at school to open your re­sults, so you can get ad­vice from your teach­ers if you need it. But you can al­ways take them home to open them if you pre­fer.

You might find there’s a pho­tog­ra­pher from the lo­cal news­pa­per want­ing to get snaps of cel­e­brat­ing (and com­mis­er­at­ing) stu­dents.

If you’re cam­era shy and pri­vate, you’ll want to avoid the hus­tle and bus­tle. If not, make sure you read our guide to the per­fect re- sults day jump to max­imise your chances of lo­cal pa­per glory.

When you first look at your list of GCSE re­sults, English lan­guage and maths are the key qual­i­fi­ca­tions to look out for.

Get­ting a C or above is great news; at least a C in English and maths GCSEs is of­ten re­quested as an es­sen­tial by sixth-form col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and em­ploy­ers.

If you’ve missed out on the C grade, es­pe­cially if it’s by a nar­row mar­gin, you’ll want to con­sider ap­ply­ing for a re­mark or re­takes. You’re al­lowed to re­take English and maths in Novem­ber, with other sub­jects you’ll have to wait un­til the fol­low­ing June.

Peo­ple of­ten find there are one or two sub­jects where their grades have slipped a lit­tle. If that hap­pens to you, try to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive grades you’ve got . E nglish and maths aside, hav­ing one or two poor GCSE grades is not go­ing to hin­der you in the fu­ture.

If you’ve per­formed gen­er­ally un­der your ex­pec­ta­tions, again you shouldn’t worry.

If you’ve man­aged to get into your sixth form col­lege of choice, then it’s time to look for­ward and not to dwell on your re­sults.

And if your re­sults went well: con­grat­u­la­tions! It’s time to cel­e­brate, re­lax and plan for what comes next. Ei­ther way, good luck on GCSE re­sults day.

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