There are lots of reasons you might struggle in an exam. The most important thing to remember is that your results don’t have to define the rest of your life.
1. Talk about it!
2. Consider all of your options
3. Find your strengths
4. If you’re going to resit…
5. Let it go
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Here are a few practical things you can do to put yourself back on track when your results aren’t what you expected.
Call our Exam Results helpline to chat things through with a careers coach, or speak to your teacher or lecturer. Talking about what you think went wrong will help you think about the best thing to do next. It’s also important to get in touch with your school as soon as possible if you want to appeal the result.
Maybe you want a change of subjects or a different type of learning. Perhaps you want to resit or pursue the same career goal on a different course. Investigate uni and college courses, Modern Apprenticeships, and Clearing and get the information you need to make a decision.
Knowing what your strengths are is useful when you’re making decisions. My Strengths can help you think about subjects and jobs which would suit you.
Some universities and competitive subjects prioritise students who are sitting their exams for the first time over those who are resitting when they give out their offers. This could put you at a disadvantage, so find out whether this will be an issue before you decide to resit.
If you do resit, make a plan to help you focus your studies for the year and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
While you need to think over what happened and learn from it, dwelling on your results won’t help. Give yourself a break and move on to more positive actions.
Hannah and Alex both suffered exam setbacks, but haven’t let that stop them.
If you're sitting uni or college exams, look over these tips but remember to check with your lecturer, tutor or student advisor how failing a module, exam or year might affect the rest of your course or degree.