Clearing and adjustment

Exam advice

Everyone wants to do well in their exams, but if you don’t do as well as you hope, it’s not the end of the world. There are loads of paths you can take if you don’t meet the conditions of your firm choice uni, like looking to your insurance choice, reapplying next year, or Clearing and Adjustment.

For many, the exam period can be the most stressful time of the year. It usually means hours of extra work both in school and at home in order to remember nearly everything you’ve learnt over the past year of study. It’s tough to keep a clear head at times like these, but it’s worth bearing in mind that everybody is in the same boat.

Revise smarter, not harder

It’s easy to get caught up designing elaborate revision plans, colour-coding timetables and perfecting your handwriting on every single post-it note, but your time might be better spent elsewhere. Use your past experience and take full advantage of how you revise best. That might be writing everything down, creating visual aids like mind maps, or even making up songs!

Take frequent breaks

Don’t let revision dominate your life. It’s important to keep a healthy work-life balance. In the long run, you’ll struggle to remember anything from 8 hour intense cramming sessions. Make a schedule and stick to it! Be sure to take some time to chill in whatever way is best for you; whether that’s binging a couple of Netflix episodes, meeting up with friends or some good old fashioned home baking.

Don’t compare yourself to others

It’s natural to rant to friends about revision, but bear in mind we all work in different ways. Finding out others are way behind you could make you take your foot off the gas, and discovering you’re the one behind might lead to unnecessary stress. Stay focused on the work you need to get done to succeed.

Keep your goal in mind

Remember what you’re working towards and let that fuel your revision sessions. You have your offer and your university thinks you’re good enough to do well; the power is in your hands to work hard and fulfil your potential.

If you miss the conditions of your offer, there’s always the option of Clearing to fall back on. You can read our full advice here, but be sure to have a plan, keep cool on a-level results day, and stay flexible.