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Results Day | Top Tips for Students

Top 10 Tips on Surviving Results Day 

If you’re feeling anxious about Results Day and worried about what grades you will get, firstly take a deep breath and try to relax. The results are out of your hands now after you have sat your exams so don’t waste your energy on worrying, use your energy on becoming prepared! Follow our tips below on what you can do to get ready for Results Day and know where to start with the UCAS Clearing process if you need to go down that route. We’re here to help and want you to secure a course that’s right for you.

Our Top Ten Tips will prepare you ahead of the day. 

  1. Eat Breakfast and get an early night. You will need all the energy you can get. Make sure you have an early night before results day and get breakfast in the morning. It could be a long day. 
  2. Don’t go on holiday. We advise that you are at home for Results Day. The added pressure of being abroad or away will be an additional stress. 
  3. Be ready. Make sure you understand the UCAS Clearing process in advance. We have all the information you’ll need here including our Clearing animation film. 
  4. What do you need on the day? Write a list of what you’ll need: A fully charged up phone, a phone charger, a pen, notepad, bottle of water, snacks, your UCAS personal ID number, login details for UCAS and the Student Finance Company. 
  5. Stay Calm. If you don’t get your expected results, then don’t stress. The UCAS Clearing process is an opportunity for you to secure a University place in September 2019. You’ll need to remain calm to make a rationale decision on the day. 
  6. Have a practice phone call: It’s better to be prepared for the worst. If you go into clearing then you need to phone up your desired University, not your parents or a friend. Treat the call like a job application so it’s sensible to have a pretend practice call to prepare.
  7. Find a course. If you don’t get the results you expected, did better than you thought or just had a complete rethink, don’t panic. You can explore other degree or foundation degree programmes or trade-up your place through adjustment. Browse through UCAS or Northumbria University courses and find a course you’d like to do. 
  8. What’s the Clearing Hotline number? Once you’ve found the course you want to study at, make a note of that University’s Clearing Hotline number. Northumbria University’s Clearing Hotline is 0800 085 1085.
  9. Make a note. Before you call, make a note of your UCAS personal ID number, your qualifications, and the title and UCAS code of the course you’re interested in. 
  10. Talk through your options: You’ll need someone to talk to on the day. If you don’t want to take someone with you, call your parents or guardian or speak to your teachers/career advisors on the day. They’ll provide support and the clarity you need to make a decision.


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