04 August 2021
Top tips for students awaiting exam results
With the cancellation of exams due to the Coronavirus pandemic
and results being determined by teachers, receiving your results
this year may be an especially stressful and anxious time.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust is
encouraging students to look after themselves and is sharing advice
and guidance on how to help reduce anxiety ahead of results
Claire Williamson, Head of Psychological Therapies, for Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, said: "Many
students and their families find waiting for results to be
stressful. This year could be particularly difficult for students
who have spent a lot of time during the last year in and out of
schools. To add to this, teachers are now grading work based on
coursework and mock exams, with no external assessments taking
place, which could cause even more feelings of uncertainty
"The stress associated with these kinds of thoughts and feelings
can then result in physical symptoms, such as stomach ache,
increased heart rate and nausea, and can even lead to changes in
behaviour, such as not wanting to pick up the results, or leaving
them unopened. We'd like to remind students that if the results you
receive are not what you were expecting, there are always other
alternatives available. Talking these through with family, friends
and teachers can help you create a plan of action."
Tips on coping with stress leading up to receiving results
Talk to friends and family about your feelings
- It is important to discuss how you feel with those around you.
Talking about how you are feeling and the causes of those feelings
will give others the opportunity to provide you with emotional and
practical support. It may be especially helpful to talk to other
students in a similar position to you, as this can reduce feelings
of loneliness and isolation.
Look after yourself - Evidence suggests that as
well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect
the way we feel. If your blood sugar drops, you might feel tired,
irritable and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that
release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels
Get active - Regular physical activity can
increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.
Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
- Caffeine and alcohol can affect your sleep patterns, poor
sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Claire continued: "Every student has the right to appeal their
grades if they don't get the results they had hoped for. Other
options available include choosing an alternative course or
university place, exploring the clearing process to see which
courses have vacancies, taking a year out or resitting exams. You
can speak to your school, college or careers advice centre about
For advice on re-sits and re-marks
The National Careers Service has an exam results helpline where
you can speak to a professionally qualified careers advisor. The
number to call is 0800 100 900. The helpline is open from 8am to
8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturdays from Monday
9th to Friday 20th August. You can also
access ongoing support from the National Careers Service by
or searching for the National Careers Service on social media.