... so we won't begin this blog post by appealing for calm. The reality is, however, that like all things in life, disappointment eventually passes and there are a few facts to keep in mind that may make you feel better should your long-awaited results not be what you had hoped for:
1| You are not alone
Thousands of students are in the same boat as you, which - in addition to making you feel less self-conscious and alone - should tell you that this is the nature of exams. It may make you feel better to talk through your emotions with those around you who you feel comfortable with or others who are feeling disappointed too. Never forget, however, that it is also your right to not disclose anything at all; be it on social media, to your peers or whoever.
2| WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, TWO MORE OPEN
If you didn't achieve what you wanted to achieve in order to pursue a particular predetermined path, this may be a moment to re-assess whether that path is really for you and open your mind to the countless possibilities still at your door. You probably won't feel the epiphany right now, but so many friends across the years have veered inadvertently from their initial chosen paths and all have ended up the better for it. There is no one exam result or set of results that can stop you from achieving your goals.
3| BOOST YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ELSEWHERE: KEEP AN ACHIEVEMENT LOG
Headmistress of Oxford High School, Judith Carlisle, has developed a programme aimed at differentiating between "unhelpful perfection" and "the healthy pursuit of excellence". As part of this initiative, which is supported by academic research, students are encouraged to keep an achievement log in which untypical, unmeasurable achievements are noted, in order to highlight positive affirmations and bolster self-esteem. Read more about Judith's fascinating campaign: the Death of Little Miss Perfect.
4| YOU CAN ALWAYS TRY AGAIN
If at first you don't succeed, try again. No matter how much you may have practised mock exams under time constraints, nothing can recreate the pressure of a real-life exam situation until the day itself. Now you have those out of the way, you're more experienced than you were before. You've been through the process, waited for the results and now know how much harder you need to work to achieve your initial goals. Recalibrating is not a sign of failure, it is the most measured way to success. Resits are there to encourage you to better yourself - take the opportunity. If feel that you require extra support to get you there, we are here to help with expert tutors who can help tackle the trickier aspects and instil confidence in you to achieve your goals.