Your A-Level Grades Won’t Define You


For some of you, yesterday was your A-Level results day and since the majority of students are still playing catch up with their education, it’s no wonder they’re worried about receiving their grades. But whether you’re thrilled with your grades or utterly disappointed with your grades, the most important thing to remember is that your grades don’t define the rest of your life.

Whilst you are at school, it can feel as though grades are your whole life and if you find certain subjects a little harder to understand compared to your fellow peers, then that automatically means you aren’t brainy – making you feel less thann, average or as though you aren’t as good as x or y.

But in the real world, grades and gratification from all will fade away over time, as there is always something else to focus your attention on and work towards or even being the best at.

Here are a few things that you should remember when you reflect on your grades…

In the next 3 years, no one will ask you for them…

In reality, it pretty sad that over time your grades won’t matter as much as they feel when your first received them. Since i left school, i’ve never been asked what my GCSE grade were, neither my A-Levels and since leaving university a little over 5 years ago, no on has even asked what i got in my degree!

The point that I’m trying to get at is, that you have the qualifications and that is all that matters. It doesn’t mean they rule what you do for a career for your entire life. It ticked a box in your school life, and now that it’s done, you’re free to choose your future!

So if you already wish that you did better, please don’t worry yourself as no one will be asking you what you got after a week or two! Oh, if you did well, great, but don’t let it fool you into thinking the next step in your education will be any easier.

Your grades won’t show the amount of effort you’ve put in…

Unfortunately, even if you put 100% of your effort into your work, you might not get the grade you wanted. Believe me, I’ve been there and haven’t we all? But remember that grades don’t always show the amount of effort that you’ve put into the work.

You won’t stop learning once you’re done with school…

You’ve completed Year 11, and you might be thinking that you have learned most of what you need to know, and you probably thought the same in Year 13. I’m going, to be honest with you, I’m now 27 and I’ve learnt as much or if not more out of education compared to what did at 18 years old.

You may find that your talents lay better outside of the classroom like if you want to work in the construction or beauty industry, then GCSE History or Geography isn’t going to be your highest priority long-term. And that’s okay!

The grades that your disappointed with right now is someone else’s dream grade…

You might not feel your best after recently opening your result letter, but remember that everyone does well at different things – it just doesn’t always feel like it in the moment. Especially if you comparing yourself to 150-200 other people your own age who are doing the same course.

Your grade could be slightly lower than you wanted them to be, and while it may feel like you’ve let yourself down, just know that your grades are amazing. These grades won’t define your self-worth, capabilities or even how you did in the exam. But rather than waste time dwelling on something that you can’t change, instead, be proud of yourself! Just think these grades of they are a stepping stone to take you to a new place that you can’t even imagine right now!

I hope you find this blog post helpful, and please don’t worry too much about your results as they aren’t the be-all or end-all of your future. Just remember the world is your oyster and you decide your future, not your grades.

Love ya,

Leanne x

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