A key thing to remember is that there are always options, no matter your results.

“It can be an emotional and confronting time for teens, particularly school leavers,” said Pat Cody, a principal adviser at Careers New Zealand.

“For many students, results will confirm study or career pathways, but some will receive results that may be disappointing or unexpected, requiring some further thinking about their future careers.”

If results aren’t as expected, Cody advises students to first look at how close the results are, and consider asking for a review, particularly if the result was close.

“Your school careers adviser can be a good place to start, or if you had planned on moving on to tertiary education, your chosen provider may also have helpful advice on other options,” he said.

Explore other career options that meet your interests, skills and aspirations, sometimes a similar or related course or bridging programme could assist entry to your preferred option.

Wellington-based education expert William Guzzo said it was important for students to keep the big picture in mind.

“Celebrate the successes and reward yourself for those, but don’t beat yourself up for the disappointing results because research shows that doesn’t help anyone.”

Instead, the general manager of high school tutoring company Inspiration Education recommends taking an analytical approach.

“The easy thing to do is react to disappointing results with negativity and feel as though it is a failure of ability because you’ve worked so hard. However, often it’s not a lack of ability or a lack of effort, but a lack of strategy.”

He advises students to have a good game-plan when it comes to exams and how to approach them, saying often schools do not have the time and resources to teach good exam execution.

“I wasn’t the most intelligent student at school, but having simple strategies and seeing failures as an opportunity to improve resulted in long-term success.”

His post-exam tips to turn disappointing results into excellent grades next year include asking yourself questions about where you went in your answers, your exam prep and analysing where you were successful and why.

Source: NZ Herald

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