Results Day can be the most stressful day of the whole university process. If things don't go to plan, it may be the time where your child needs your help the most. There are several things you can do.
Your child will already be tense enough – try not to make it worse.
If your child gets the exam results they wanted, then there is time for celebration! But if they don't and disappointment reigns, it won't help to add your own.
This is the time to be calm, comforting and constructive, particularly if they are overwhelmed by friends celebrating success.
Make sure you help to prepare for Clearing – just in case!
- Be there, and not on holiday. Moral support is not the same over a long-distance phone call.
- Get familiar with Clearing. Make sure you know how and when you can get access to the official vacancy lists and what needs to be done.
- Encourage clear and sensible thinking so decisions are made carefully and the first place available is not jumped at.
- Your child should be the one who talks on the phone – universities tend to be less favourable if they have to deal with the parent.
- Sometimes it helps to point them in the right direction. It may be worth getting your child to check whether any of those universities they received an offer from – but which they chose not to accept – still have vacancies.
- If possible be available as a taxi driver or make funds available for a train fare. Some universities run Clearing open days, and some courses, even when recruiting in Clearing, will require an interview in person.
Read some Clearing success stories.
And don't forget to reassure them, it will all work out for the best!
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