Bethan Foulkes, Science Subject Advisor
For most people, results day can be an anxious time. Remember, stress and anxiety in such an 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 webinars/podcasts, research and resources.
At OCR, we have been looking at managing and reducing student anxiety in exams. We have also made support resources to explain the day, including an example of what the results day slips will look like.
We also have a podcast, Helping students manage anxiety, a discussion between Professor David Putwain from Liverpool John Moores University and Jill Duffy, Chief Executive of OCR. Although some of the discussion centres around the adaptations in place for 2021, there are some relevant points in there applicable for any year. Check out our other podcasts on wellbeing and mental health too.
Although this blog on Parentkind was written a few years ago, it gives some great tips to support your teenager getting their results.
If you are unhappy with your results for a particular unit or component, your school or college could apply for a review on your behalf. Reviews can only be requested by your school or college. Take a look at our guide to querying results.
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:
The final link to share with you is from our regulator, Ofqual, who has published its 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.
Bethan joined OCR in April 2019 and is a subject advisor for GCSE Sciences and Applied Science. Before joining OCR, Bethan taught Biology to 11-18 year olds for eight years, and was responsible for planning her school’s biology schemes of learning. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Bethan mentored PGCE students and NQTs in science, and oversaw all the trainees and NQTs within the school as professional tutor. In her spare time she enjoys dressmaking, quilting and many other different crafts.