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What to do if you fail your exams 

Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” If you’re anxiously anticipating receiving exam results whether GCSEs, a-levels, or your SAT score bear in my mind what this wise man once said. It’s obviously true that not everyone is suited to academia, and there’s no reason to say that being book smart is any more important than being good with people, excel at sports or creatively gifted. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be attributed with all such qualities then good for you! In this blog we take a look at what you might do if you don’t receive the results you’ve been expecting.

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Firstly, don’t panic

Yes, you have been disappointed. No, this is not the end of the world. In fact, this could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Perhaps getting bad results that mean you can’t get into the university or college for a subject you wanted is life’s way of saying this wasn’t the right choice for you. It could even save from wasting money and stop you from dropping out of your course midway!

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Don’t compare yourself to others

On results day it’s hard not to look up from your envelope and focus on the reactions of the people around you. Results days can signify the end of an era and soon enough all your fellow class mates will be going their own way in the world, but now is the time to focus on yourself! Rather than focus on what other people are doing use this chance to start finding out what is right for you.

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Consider resits

If you’re certain the path your pursuing is the right one for you don’t fear, sometimes it’s possible to resist certain exams or resubmit pieces of coursework. If you already have your place secured in higher education or on a course it may be possible to defer for a year, or you should be able to reapply again next year. Whilst you might feel frustrated at the thought of having to wait another year before progressing to the next stage, try not to feel disheartened. There’s no rush and you have your whole life to achieve your goals. Try to look at the positives: perhaps you’ll use the time to save money, find and internship or spend the time self-learning about your subject which could put you ahead when you do finally start.

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Discover new opportunities

Whether you choose to go through a clearing process and find a new university or apply for a new college or decide to research alternative courses such as apprenticeships, vocational training or a specialised course, there are always other options available. You might want to take some time out entirely to help give you some perspective on what you want and consider taking a gap year. Using the time out to travel, immerse yourself in new cultures, learn new skills, meet new people and even give something back by volunteering can be an incredibly rewarding experience and one that can help you find a new a path in life.

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So remember, if you don’t get exactly what you wanted this results day that every cloud has a silver lining.

By Maria Sowter

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