How to Keep Calm on A Level Results Day 2022

A-level results day 2022 is right around the corner on Thursday 18th August. If you have a conditional offer depending on your results, your anxieties may be high waiting to find out If you got into your firm or insurance choice university. It’s a nerve-racking time for most a-level students in the UK, but don’t worry too much. We’ve put together this guide explaining how to keep calm on results day.

Stick with us and you’ll be feeling chill opening your envelope!

A-level results day 2022

1. Keep Yourself Busy

During the build-up to results day especially the few days before, it can be difficult to keep yourself from getting stressed out. However, you should try to keep yourself occupied whether it is seeing friends or family, doing things that you love or watching a new programme.

Don’t just mope around getting yourself worked up. You could even meet up with your friends the day before you get your results, you’re all in the same boat so it will be nice to keep each other calm. After all, this is still your summer break so make the most of it and have a good time, you deserve it!

Keeping busy with friends

2. Focus On Yourself

Make sure that you spend time looking after yourself and taking some all-important ‘me time’. Such as by practicing self-care and mindfulness techniques as well as ensuring you eat and drink enough before a-level results day 2022.

It can be hard to focus on yourself when there’s things going on like this as you may be feeling like you’ve been waiting you entire life for this moment. However, the last thing you want to do is get overwhelmed by stress.

If you are feeling like you’re struggling with your emotions whether it be high anxiety levels or low mood, then there’s help and support available for young people. You can find out more about this at the end of this post.

Focus on yourself

3. Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The night before a-level results day may make sleeping feel impossible, but it’s important to try and get enough rest before the big day. If you spend the night tossing and turning or watching episode after episode of a tv show, you’re going to feel worse in the morning.

Going to bed early means that you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and have high energy levels for the busy day ahead.

If you feel like you’re going to struggle to get to sleep, you can get lavender pillow spray which is great for calming nerves and creating a relaxing environment.

Good nights sleep

4. Talk To People

We know that its nerve racking waiting to receive your results, it’s impacts your future after all! But, if you’re really struggling with results day stress then talk to people about how you’re feeling whether it’s your friends, family, significant other or college tutors. You’ll feel a lot better venting how you’re feeling to others and getting support from them.

The worst thing you can do is keep it all in, its best to have a support network during times like these. You can even make use of online forums for students to talk to others who are awaiting their results or seek out advice.

Talking to people


5. Be Prepared

Make sure you’ve prepared everything you need for results day and made a plan. Such as what time you plan on picking up your results, how you’re getting to your school or college or how to access your results online.

Its important to know what grade requirements you’ll need to get your firm or insurance offer, you can do this by logging into UCAS track system and checking your application. Make sure you know your UCAS track login details before results day!

We also suggest having a paper and pen ready to jot down any important info and have a charged phone at the ready, encase you need to make any calls to universities or colleges. If you want to be even more organised, find out about any contact details beforehand.

UCAS application


6. Bring Someone Along

You should plan to take someone with you when getting your exam results in person like your parent or guardian or meet up with friends. So, you have support available If you need it or better yet, you’ll have people there to celebrate with you and bring in the positive vibes!

If you feel like, you’ll be better off opening the envelope alone or opening it when you get home without any added pressure then do whatever works best for you. Remember, you don’t need to tell people your results straight away or at all if you don’t want to, let yourself get to grips with your grades first.

A-level results

7. Don’t Panic

Try not to panic if things don’t go entirely as planned on a-level results day 2022. There are plenty of options available if you don’t get the results you hoped for and don’t get into your firm or insurance universities. You can use UCAS Clearing service where university applicants are matched to university places that haven’t yet been filled.

You can even apply for full-time or part-time jobs or apprenticeships if you don’t feel that university is right for you after receiving your results. Take a gap year to take time to think about what the right path is for you is another option. Try to remember that if you don’t get into university, it doesn’t equal failure!

Equally, don’t panic if you got higher than your predicted grades and want to swap to a different course of university than you had planned. There may be a lot of planning involved especially if you’re moving to a new place for your studies, but you don’t need to stress yourself out.

There will be plenty of time to sort out everything you need to before embarking on your student journey.  So, try to spend a few hours thinking about everything before making a final decision.

Don't panic

8. Whatever Happens, Happens

Try to remember that you can’t change anything at this stage, you’ve already sat your exams, completed your coursework and finished you’re a-level studies so no matter grades you get, it’s now out of your control.

Although, if you’re really unhappy with your a-level results you can appeal to the exam board to see if there is anything they can do.

You most likely did your absolute best and worked super hard whilst completing your higher education courses so let whatever is going to happen, happen.

Fingers crossed everything will work out the way you want it to, and if it doesn’t, then that’s also fine. It isn’t the end of the world, remember that!

Whatever happens, happens


And that’s a wrap! We hope you’re feeling prepared and able to manage your nerves for the big day ahead. Fingers crossed you get the results you’re hoping for on a level-results day 2022 and get your dream university place, we believe in you!

If you’re struggling with your mental-health and can’t seem to keep calm no matter what you try, then there is support and advice available. Here are some resources you can make the most of:

  • NHS – Learn more about stress symptoms and ways you can manage them.
  • Young Minds – Explore tips and advice for dealing with results day stress.

Read our blog on 10 Items You Just Have To Add To Your University Checklist to prepare you for your student adventure.

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