AJ’s advice – results day
|August 11, 2012||Posted by Alaa Jasim under AJ's Advice|
Yep, here it comes. The results day chat. How insecure are we feeling about our results? Very. That’s why we’re here. We’re all banding together in our results-based insecurity to try to remember the things that we need to remember for results day. It’s okay, dear readers, we’re all going to be fine. And that’s just it, isn’t it? We’re all going to be fine. So what do we need to remember for results day? Well, here we go:
Know what you’re doing
Make sure you’re in the right place at the right time. This year, results day is on August 16th and results will be available from 09:00. Make sure you keep checking UCAS Track, which will be available from 08:00 on the 16th.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst
Make sure you prepare for all eventualities. It’s great to hope for the best, but have a backup plan in case the worst should happen. Keep phone numbers for your university choices handy so you can call them right after getting your results – you might still be able to convince them to let you in if you only narrowly miss your offer.
Be sensitive about other people’s results
Don’t post anything on Facebook, and let people tell you in their own time instead of pushing them to find out what they got. Make sure as well that, once the stressful part is over, you enjoy seeing your friends again.
Be calm for now; there’s nothing else you can do until you get that envelope in your hands. Try not to panic if your ideal situation doesn’t pan out – just make sure you have your plan and make sure you get to a computer or a phone as quickly as possible. Clearing will be really competitive this year, so make sure to keep a clear head so you can apply for places through Clearing as quickly as possible.
Read the emails and notes UCAS has sent you
They will tell you all you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment. Make sure you know when and where places available through Clearing will be published. They will also email you to tell you if and when you are eligible for Clearing or if a decision has been made about your application. The subject line of this email will be “Update about your UCAS application.”
Remember, you can always take a year out and reapply. If Thursday doesn’t work out as planned, it’s not the end of the world; this isn’t your only chance. Don’t worry excessively about results, and don’t upset yourself or make yourself stressed or angry. If you want even more advice and things to remember, keep an eye out for our upcoming results day guide. Don’t spend time wallowing in self pity – it could cost you a place!
Thanks for reading, and good luck! Feel free to get in touch with questions, comments and suggestions and, as always, I’ll see you next time.