Hints and tips - four minute read
For most people, results day can be an anxious day. Right now, it may feel even more stressful than usual; as results day will be a socially distanced event, meaning you’ll have limited contact with your friends and teachers.
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 some tips are 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:
We have also made support resources to explain the day, and have made a resource to show you what the results day slips will look like.
Although this blog was written a few years ago, it gives some great tips to support your teenager getting their 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:
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 who are feeling worried about this year’s exam results. They provide 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.