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Results worry

I am really scared about my gcse results because I just want to achieve good grades but I feel, that luck is not with me as my other results have not been as I expected which I received in my mock exams. I just want to make myself happy as I have revised a lot and I don't want it to go waste. I don't know what I should in the next 3 weeks whilst I'm waiting for my exams.
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Hi and thanks for your letter.

I can hear that you are feeling scared right now. Waiting for exam results can be really worrying. It’s natural to feel this way.

It’s easy to tell you not to worry, but not so easy for you to just stop doing it. There is nothing you can do to change the outcome of your results now. Whether you worry or not they will be the same. It sounds like you put a lot of work into your exams. You can only ever try your best.

What you can try to do though is look at how to cope with your concerns until you get your results. Having a plan in place for whatever happens may help make you feel more in control and calmer.

Even though exams can sometimes feel really big, it's important to remember that your exam results will not determine what happens for the rest of your career. They are important but there are always other options available if things don’t go as well as planned.

If you don’t get the results you need, it may be disappointing but don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s usually possible to resit GCSE’s. Talking to a careers advisor is also a way of finding out what options are available to you. The National Careers Service is something you might find helpful.

While you are waiting it may be that you will still feel anxious from time to time. Our pages about anxiety might be able to help you cope with that. Remember that you can also talk to a ChildLine counsellor if that is something you wanted to do.

Take care and good luck,

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