Results day is often full of emotions, from elation to disappointment, for parents, teachers and students who can also face huge pressure if their next step is heavily reliant on results - and then there are family expectations to live up to. So follow our guide, put together with the help of Future Mags resident expert, Amy Patterson to make sure that whatever the grades, youre prepared for the impact they will have. Students before you get your results plan your day This will be your first time back at school for a few months. The summer holidays may mean late nights and late mornings, so perhaps get to bed at a decent time the night before. Maybe plan what youll wear and make sure you have something good to eat for breakfast. How will you get to school? If youre going with parents or friends, plan when youll leave. Leaving things to chance on the morning of your results can cause anxiety. Make sure youre in control. Decide who you would like to be there when you read your results and where you want to open them. Some students like to open them with family or friends for support. Others may want to look at their results on their own, to process the information before dealing with the reactions of others. Make sure you let people know what you want to do. If you want to do it on your own, you may be tempted to take your envelope home, but try to open it while still at school if you can. There you will have the support and advice of teachers and possibly careers advisers if your results impact your next steps. Understanding your resultsSo, the moment of truth has passed and you have your grades in front of you. Most people have a good idea what theyre going to get. There may be some pleasant surprises, or some disappointments, or it may go drastically wrong. The trick is not to panic and understand what this combination of numbers and letters really means for your next step. You will probably already know the entry requirements of the course youve applied for either at college, sixth form, or as an apprentice. Have you met these requirements? If yes, then dont worry if its a little lower than you wanted. Youve got into your course. Celebrate! If your grades dont hit the requirements, try to get in touch with the college or sixth form as soon as you can. There may be representatives at your GCSE results day, or many of them hold a GCSE advice day the following day to respond to any enquiries. Your teachers will help you to organise this youre not on your own. You will not be the only person who hasnt hit the entry requirements. This is something they are used to talking to students about, so dont be shy. If the option youve planned is no longer available to you, dont panic. Its disappointing if your heart is set on something, but there are lots of other things you can do. There may be other courses you havent considered which need a lower entry level. You may be able to do your course at Level 2 rather than at Level 3; this way you can ease your way in and work your way up. You may like the look of the many interesting apprenticeship schemes available to school leavers if you decide you want to enter the workplace. Just try to keep an open mind. Remember, if you dont pass English or maths GCSEs, you will have a chance to retake them, whether you go to sixth form, college or do an apprenticeship. Your further education provider will help you to pass as part of your next qualification, so dont worry, youll get there!After your results Breathe, relax. Its over! Make sure you take time to celebrate your successes. GCSEs are a difficult and stressful time, and you got through them. Feel proud of yourself and enjoy the sense of achievement. There is life after GCSEs!Start to think about the next few weeks. You may have an appointment with your college or sixth form to discuss your results, you may have a few weeks to prepare for a new term and a new start, or you may have interviews for an apprenticeship. This is a time of new beginnings. Those grades are yours. You worked for them, you own them. Now make them work for you. For more information go to: future-mag.co.uk.