Phoebe Davis and Lucy Carey
For most people, results day can be an anxious day. Right now, it may feel even more stressful than usual, as results day might be a virtual event, or a face to face event with limited numbers. It might be the first time you have seen some of your friends for a long time.
Remember stress and anxiety in such an unusual and unpredictable time is normal. Everyone reacts differently to stress and that’s okay. We want to help you manage that stress though, and we’ve got some tips below.
Emerging Minds is a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people. They have a wealth of support on their website including:
At OCR, we have been looking at managing and reducing student anxiety in exams over this past year. This was discussed in a podcast, Helping students manage anxiety in 2021 and beyond, between Professor David Putwain from Liverpool John Moores University and Jill Duffy, Chief Executive of OCR.
We have also made support resources to explain the day, including an example of what the results day slips will look like.
Although this blog on Parentkind was written a few years ago, it gives some great tips to support your teenager getting their results.
This year a new system has been set up this year for you to appeal your teacher assessed grade. If you are unhappy with your teacher assessed grade, you should first ask your centre to check whether an administrative or procedural error has been made. Where your centre does not believe an error had been made, you can ask them to appeal to the exam board on your behalf. Take a look at our quick guide to appeals.
Feeling stressed is not the same as feeling overwhelmed by anxiety. Here are some symptoms you might have if you are finding it difficult to cope:
If you are experiencing symptoms like these, there are people who can help you. Talk to your family, a teacher who knows you well, a friend or your GP.
If you don’t want to talk to somebody face-to-face, here are some organisations that can help you:
As a final thought, there are lots of opportunities for support, some of which we have outlined above and hope you have found these helpful. The final link to share with you is from our regulator, Ofqual, who have published their own blog for students; it provides some great advice from psychologists about putting things into perspective, as well as further links to advice from the NHS and the government.
Phoebe is a subject support co-ordinator and has worked for Cambridge Assessment in various roles since 2015. Since joining the subject team in 2018, Phoebe has been responsible for a range of subjects including law, citizenship and the Extended Project Qualification.
Lucy joined OCR in September 2017 as the subject advisor for sociology and psychology. Before joining OCR she worked as a teacher being the head of sociology and psychology departments in Peterborough, Yorkshire and Cambridge. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving and travel.