As I've just finished Year 12, my AS results will practically either pave or create a few potholes on my path to uni. Universities use AS results as a recent example of your academic potential; basically it can suggest how well they think you're doing and perhaps going to do both at A-level and at undergraduate level. Other methods they use include predicted A2 grades (set by your teachers), occasionally GCSEs and – although rarely – admissions tests.
I study English Literature, Psychology, Spanish and Art and I’m hoping to get all As at AS Level (as do most people studying AS!). The major difference for me this year was that I got to pick four subjects that I personally wanted to study which I think gives us more control over our learning. This is probably the reason why I feel that my exams went reasonably well and I stayed surprisingly calm! (In this context, it's important to note that 'calm' should be defined as not wanting to journey to the exam board offices and protest!)
I felt most of my exams were fair, although there's always that one exam that is comparatively worse than the others. For me that was English Literature, mainly due to the curse of the time limit! Nevertheless, the words ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ ring true to me and remain etched in my memory (we had the classic posters with the word ‘revising’ added on to the end hung up all around my Sixth Form during exams).
The main way I've been dealing with this excess of adrenaline is by keeping busy and entertained throughout the holidays. Whether it has been by attending a summer school at a university or by having a Game of Thrones marathon, I've found that I think about exam results less and therefore I’m less stressed overall.
Another way I've tried to deal with the impatience and anxiety is by trying to turn it into something to be excited about (sounds strange, I know)! I’m using my calendar to count down and cross off the days as well as creating fun plans for the 14
th of August, like going out for a nice lunch with my friends. This way, I’m looking forward to getting past the actual results because it means I get some good grub; whether I will be celebrating or coping with bad grades is debatable!
The most important thing to keep in mind is that we’re all in the same position. If what you receive on Results Day means you don’t achieve your goals for AS, it’s not the end of the world and definitely not the end of your education or future career. It just means you have a couple potholes on your path that need filling!
> Read Whatuni’s complete guide to Choosing the Right University