Tutorhub offers results day tips for Keynsham's school kids
By jashby1 | Tuesday, July 03, 2012, 13:05
Bristol's youngsters may be looking forward to the long (hot?!) Summer holiday that's just around the corner, but the worry of exam results day can cast a wee shadow over the well-earned six-week interval, sunshine or no sunshine.
Former Monks Park pupils Kevin Gibson (l) and Jon Ellis (r), co-founders of Tutorhub.com, the online tutoring service that has proved a resounding success since launching in Bristol in October 2010
Co-founder Jon Ellis said: "I have kids of my own and I know how nerve-wracking it can be waiting for exam results – it's the same for us parents too!"
Bristol schoolboy, Rory, who goes to Chew Valley School has just taken his GCSE's. Rory said: "When you finish the exams, you can't help but worry whether your grades are good enough to get into Sixth Form and whether Universities will think they are good enough for the courses you might want to do. You spend your whole school life working up to this, there is a lot resting on these results."
Tutorhub are offering these tips for any school kids and parents to help them cope with the nervous wait before results day.
Know when you are going to get your results: What time are they published – are they online, will they be sent to you or do you have to go to school to check? Decide what is the best way for your son or daughter to get the news, if doing it with everyone else at school will make things worse, then arrange to have them sent to the house.
Have a plan for the day, and include a celebration: Arrange a treat for later in the day, that way there's something to look forward to whatever happens.
Keep busy: Long periods of nothing to do might sound wonderful while you're swotting away before the exams, but with nothing to do but fret about results, they might not be the best idea. Fill the days with activity – there are dozens of things to do that don't cost much in most towns and cities. Visit museums and galleries, join classes, learn a sport and make new friends.
Have a holiday: A change, as they say, is as good as a rest. This is an ideal time to take a trip, a working holiday or a visit to friends and family. Plenty of fresh experiences to take anyone's mind off the uncertainty ahead.
Make three sets of plans for the future: It's always helpful to look at the very worst possible scenario and realise that it isn't the end of the world. Then consider the best result and what affect that will have. And finally look at the middle way – OK, but not awful results – and work out what will happen in that case. Talk them all over so plans are in place for whatever happens. This will help with that awful feeling of not knowing what the next chapter holds.
Don't panic: While studying it might have seemed like these exams were the most important thing in life ever. But now, they're not. They are just a relatively small chapter in life's book.
Best of luck to everyone waiting for their results - until the big day, keep calm and carry on having fun!