The finale to years of study and weeks of exams is almost here and thousands of students across the country will soon be able to discover the outcome.

It is GCSE results day on Thursday and it will be full of emotions, from delight to disappointment.

There is a huge pressure on students if their next step is heavily reliant on results - and then there are parents’ expectations to live up to, too, SomersetLive reports .

So, with the help of Dr Lisette Johnston, head of school at ScreenSpace , we’ve brought you this guide, to make sure that you are prepared - whatever your grades.

Plan your results day

This will be your first time back at school for a few weeks. The summer holidays could have made late nights and late mornings the norm, so perhaps get to bed at a decent time.

Maybe plan what you’ll wear, charge your phone, and make sure you have something nutritious for breakfast.

How will you get to school? If you’re going with your parents or friends, plan what time you’ll leave.

Leaving things to chance on the morning of your results can cause yet another layer of anxiety. Make sure you’re 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 communicate to others what you want to do.

You may be tempted to take your envelope home so you can open the results on your own, but try to open that dreaded envelope while still at school - you’ll get instant support and advice from teachers and careers advisers.

Don’t panic

There may be some pleasant surprises, or some disappointments, or it may go drastically wrong.

The trick is to give yourself the headspace to understand what this combination of letters and numbers actually means for your next step.

If the option you’ve planned is no longer available to you, don’t panic.

It’s disappointing if your heart is set on something, but there are lots of other things you can do.

There may be other, similar courses you haven’t considered which accept a lower entry level.

Appreciate your hard work

You will probably already know the entry requirements of the course you’ve applied for either at college, sixth form, or as an apprentice.

Have you met these requirements? If yes, then don’t worry if the grades are a little lower than you wanted. You’ve got onto your course. Celebrate!

Seek advice

If your grades don’t 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 issues.

Exam results

Your teachers will help you to organise this – you’re not on your own.

You will not be the only person who hasn’t hit the entry requirements.

This is something they are used to talking to students about, so don’t be shy - they are there to support you.

Keep your eyes on the prize

If you’re taking steps to get to university and have a particular subject in mind, it’s worth looking at their entry requirements now – you might be able to rethink  your next course of action.

For example, you may consider swapping an academic A-level to a vocational BTEC or vice-versa or you may want to rethink your university subject completely – you have plenty of time.

You may like the look of the many interesting apprenticeship schemes available to school leavers if you decide you want to enter the workplace.

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It is important to keep an open mind.

Remember, if you don’t 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 don’t worry, you’ll get there!

Breathe, relax. It’s over!

Once you have your results, make sure you take time to celebrate your successes.

Results day is a difficult and stressful time - take pride in yourself and enjoy the sense of achievement.

Results days are a difficult and extremely stressful time, and you got through them

This is a time for new beginnings, there is life after GCSEs!