Your GCSE results do not define you: YOU do
GCSE RESULTS DAY IS HERE! FOR MANY, THIS IS A DAY STUDENTS FEEL SUMMARISE THEIR ENTIRE JOURNEY IN EDUCATION SO FAR. BUT THE THING IS… THAT’S NOT THE WHOLE STORY. NOT BY A LONG SHOT AND ESPECIALLY NOT THIS YEAR…
GCSE results day. The dream? A day of celebration, success and a well-deserved acknowledgement of just how incredibly you can do when you work hard and plan well.
But what about the nightmare? This really is where it becomes different for everyone. One student’s Grade 8 is a major disappointment “because it isn’t a 9”. Whereas another student may be commiserating because the all-important Grade 4s in maths and English (the equivalent of the old C grade) has been missed. Either way, this can prove a major dent to confidence and confuses what a student feels they can do next.
So here it is. The ONLY thing you need to know: THESE GRADES DO NOT DEFINE YOU.
Sure, if you’ve done well, let them work that magic for you! But, if you didn’t get the 9 you wanted, or missed the crucial 4s, here’s a little perspective.
1 Ten (or more – either way an intense amount) tiny printed numbers on a page definitely do not tell anyone who you really are. In fact, they show a minuscule snapshot of a picture of something that maybe isn’t anything to do with who you are at all! Fantastic footballer? Outrageous comedian? Award-winning show-jumper? None of these appear in your GCSE results. Neither does the bad day you had, the stress you felt or the issues you may have had that don’t appear next to your results. All of which can have an impact on the most successful and intelligent of students.
2 Only look one way: ahead. This may be a different view now. It could also be one which works a million times better for you! Consider re-marks, re-sits, apprenticeships, and adding some ‘real-world’ skills you can add to your qualifications.
Do not under-estimate the power of experience that the ‘real world’ can give you. In fact, you’re learning one right now. Stick with it. Be resilient in the face of any disappointment from GCSE results; experience like this, whilst painful, is valuable in itself.
3 Don’t limit yourself. Do not, under any circumstances, use grades that have been disappointing as an excuse for why you can’t do or be something you really really want to do or be!
Find ways around your grades. Speak to the people around you who know you for you – not your grades. What do they suggest? Parents, teachers, tutors and family can be excellent for giving you guidance that really fits who you are.
4 Stop comparing! Who cares about how well (or badly) others around you have done? Your life is your story. Some of the most successful individuals of our time came out of school without any exam results –Richard Branson, Anna Wintour, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou…
Unfortunately there is no GCSE for being you. There should be, but there isn’t. Keep doing you – nobody can beat you at it! And in the spirit of being ‘you’ (go-gettingly, awesomely successful no matter what), remember: you’re not a number and your exam grades don’t define you. Your actions do. Go and make what you want to happen happen!
Join our GCSE Resit Class (online, so no matter what else is happening, these classes will not be interrupted!).
These examiner-designed classes will take you question-by-question through the English GCSE exam all the way up to the week of the re-sits. Places are strictly limited so get in touch ASAP if you would like to arrange your free assessment for a position on the course.