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What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped

Amy and Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tell us more about what to do if you think that your exam results won’t be quite as you hoped…

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You probably haven’t received your January exam results yet but you may have an inkling that they didn’t go well. If you had difficult circumstances in the lead up to the exams have a look at our post about the Extenuating Circumstances Procedure for more information about what to do next. But what can you do if you didn’t have any particular circumstances going on? Maybe you blanked in the middle of an exam and never recovered, or you never got to grips with that one concept which happened to be the basis of ALL the questions on the paper. If this describes you, then read on as the Advice and Money Team take you through the steps you may need to follow. 

Step 1: Don’t Panic!

Most of us are not good judges of whether we have performed well or poorly in an exam. If you attended the lectures, did some revision and completed the paper, then question whether there is good reason to be worried, or whether you’re a victim of the exam postmortem. Just because your class mate mentioned an alternative answer doesn’t mean that your answer was wrong.

On the other hand if you didn’t write anything on your paper you have good reason to be concerned. What should you do next?

 

Step 2: Consider if this is the right course for you

If you didn’t do much revision, or you didn’t attend all the lectures, ask yourself “Why?”. Do you have underlying concerns about the course? If you are questioning your course choice you should first discuss your fears with your Personal Tutor and then look at course options with a careers advisor from Careers & Employability – our colleagues within Student Support & Wellbeing.

If you decide that you do want to transfer to another course or a different institution, have a look at the intranet information on transferring.

Transferring can affect funding eligibility so please make sure you have all the facts before hand. If you need to double check something or want something clarified, please contact us in the Advice & Money Team.

If you are an International student there will be visa implications to making a change to your course. You are strongly advised to contact International Student Support to get advice and guidance.

 

Step 3: Check your result codes

When your results come out check the Result Codes. It’s important that you read this to know what the exam board has decided you need to do next.

If you are unclear about your results, please contact the Advice and Money Team and we can help you understand your position.

Remember that these results will be provisional until the final exam boards have sat and so you do not yet have the ability to appeal them. This is something that you can revisit after the May exam results. There is further information on the Academic Appeal process on the intranet.

 

Step 4: Are you permitted to resit your exams or assessments in August?

Two possible examples on your result letter could be:

“FR” Failed: to be re-assessed in the module/unit of study prior to the start of the following session.

Or

“AR” Failed or recorded as absent from one or more assessments due to reasonable medical or compassionate grounds that affected performance in assessment. Permitted to be re-assessed in module/unit of study prior to the start of the following session.  

These two mean that the exam board is giving you the opportunity to re-sit the module/unit that you failed during the August re-sit period. For those with “AR” this means that extenuating circumstances has been accepted for the failed module.

 

The resit period this year is between Monday 14th August and Friday 25th August.

If you have been permitted to repeat your exams in the resit period, you must make yourself available during this period to do so – this is not the time to book a nice holiday! Being absent without extenuating circumstances, will lead to another fail.

If you will be repeating in the resit period you will need to think about:

  • Where will you stay?
  • Can you stay in your rented property?
  • Will you have to pay full rent if you’re staying there?
  • Can you afford to stay there?
  • If you are working over the summer do you need to book leave?
  • Will you travel down the day before the exam?
  • Can you afford the extra cost of travel? 
  • There are plenty of opportunities to get either generic or specific guidance on where you may have gone wrong and what you can do better next time. It’s your feedback –Own It  and make sure that you listen to the guidance and use it to your advantage.

If you are an International student there may be visa implications if you are undertaking resits. You are strongly advised to contact International Student Support to get advice and guidance.

 

Step 5: Feedback

There are plenty of opportunities to get either generic or specific guidance on where you may have gone wrong and what you can do better next time. It’s your feedback –Own It  and make sure that you listen to the guidance and use it to your advantage.

 

Step 6: See it as an opportunity to get proactive!

Don’t feel down about it all. Assess where you think you may have gone wrong, take into account your feedback and then take positive steps to do better in the next round of exams.

Perhaps your troubles started in the lecture theatre with inefficient note taking which took time away from your additional reading. Or maybe you struggle organizing your planning and writing time in the exam. If you think this describes you, then get down to the Library and look for the Study Skills books. I promise you that it’s not counter intuitive to read a book about how to read a book! Then check out the helpful tips on the Intranet Study Skills page and if you are an Undergraduate book onto an Academic Skills Class.

If stress is a big issue for you make a pledge to be proactive about learning techniques to help you deal with it. Chances are that you will have to do exams again this year and possibly for the next few years so it makes sense to take some time to deal with this. Counselling, Health and Wellbeing offer a number of courses and workshops around this issue as well as things like boosting your mood and learning relaxation techniques.

 

Come and see us in Advice & Money

Our Team are available to talk through your options. Please drop in at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus or Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus or contact us should you have any questions, Telephone: 02920 874528 Email: adviceandmoney@cardiff.ac.uk

 

Your feedback and help please

Have you found this blog post useful?  Please help us by commenting in the comments bar below, and  if there is anything further you’d like to know ask your questions there too.

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Best wishes Amy and Siobhan, Advice & Money Team

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