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How to Stay Calm During Clearing

How to Stay Calm During Clearing

by Newcastle University

It’s likely there are few days that fill students with as much excitement, dread and anxiety as Results Day.

But it is possible to step back and consider how you can make your Results Day, and specifically applying through Clearing, as calm and straightforward as possible. So, below, we’ve listed just a few ways you can stay calm during Clearing.

Here are five ways to stay calm when you are applying through Clearing

1. Remember you’re not alone

Tens of thousands of students successfully apply through Clearing each year having missed out on the grades needed to get a spot at their first choice university. 

So, if Results Day has its hiccups, remember you’re not alone. Disappointing exam results can feel like the end of the world, but in many ways, they’re no measure of your ability and certainly not a determiner of how your future will shape up. 

Take a deep breath and remember you are following in the footsteps of countless students who are now successful, happy graduates who had the time of their lives throughout university. 


2. Prepare for all possible outcomes on Results Day

As with anything, doing a bit of planning before Results Day can really help ease nerves. But how can you prepare for something that has so many moving parts? First, consider a few different possibilities and make plans for each.

List the different variations of grades you might receive on the day, and assign courses and universities whose entry requirements match up to each possible outcome.

Most universities will start to publish their course vacancies in early July, giving you time to research universities and courses to reach out to during Clearing.

Once you have a list of universities you’re interested in, make a note of their Clearing contact details so you don't have the hassle of frantically Googling numbers on the day.


3. Stay off social media 

We’re all nosy - even those who profess otherwise - and it can be hard to stay off social media and not read about all our friends’ and peers’ results. But before the big day, take a moment to think about how that may affect you. 

For example, there’s a possibility you may not get the results you want. If this is the case, seeing others publicly celebrating can be a real knock to your confidence. It’s perhaps worth postponing scrolling until the next day, or once you have a clearer path mapped out. 

Why not temporarily delete your social media apps? You can always discuss your results with friends and family over text, and the absence of social media on the day can give you a little breathing room to process the many emotions of Results Day, and prioritise your personal journey. 


4. Make sure your health is your priority

Any stressful situation is amplified when you're tired, hungry, thirsty or feeling a sense of urgency or pressure. Whatever happens on the day, you will be okay. There is a place for you at a university where you will be fulfilled and happy - and that place is no more or less secure if you stay up all night and skip breakfast!

Remember to get a good night's sleep before Results Day, and stay hydrated and energised with a healthy breakfast and lunch. Though it may feel like the be-all and end-all, securing a place at university should not come at a detriment to your wellbeing. 


5. Ask for support from those around you

You know how much planning goes into a university application, so when that process gets condensed into a day, it can be a lot for one person to navigate alone.

Don’t be afraid to lean on your support system during this time, because they can make all the difference. Would your parents mind preparing your breakfast or lunch while you look up options? Are there any friends who can help you research accommodation while you make enquiry calls? 

Results Day can be a rollercoaster of emotions, with a lot to process, but trust in your ability and know you will end up exactly where you're supposed to be!

We hope you have found this blog post useful. For more information on what to expect, explore our Clearing blogs.