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How to Manage Disappointment After Receiving O Level Results

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From today till 16th January, the O Level results are being released! The anticipation leading up to the moment when you collect your results can be overwhelming. For some, receiving the results can be a source of disappointment. 

If your results are not what you have hoped for, it is important to remember that disappointment is a part of life so dealing with it can help you move forward. 

Below, I’ve listed some tips on how to manage your disappointment!

Give Yourself Time

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It’s normal to feel disappointed after you receive results below what you expected. 

It’s important to give yourself time, both to process what happened and to accept these feelings. After all, you’ve been working hard for months. 

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Try not to bottle up your feelings. Doing that will lead to more problems in the long run, and while you’re having your holidays and don’t have to deal with the stress of school, this is the best time to process what has happened.

If you’re feeling any pressure from your peers because they got better grades, it might be good to take a break from them as well. However, don’t isolate yourself too much either. 

Reflect on What Happened

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While you give yourself time, reflect on what happened as well. 

Were your expectations too high? It’s a good time to think about what you can do differently next time, but don’t dwell for too long on what you think went wrong. 

Remember that your grades don’t define you as a person. You have more to offer than your grades! 

Take Care of Yourself Physically

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Taking care of your physical health helps you feel better emotionally. 

When you’re taking care of yourself, don’t only remember to drink water, it’s also important to maintain proper nutrition and have balanced meals

Get enough sunlight as well. Sunlight has many benefits such as boosting your immune system, reducing your stress and it improves your mood as well. 

Focus on Things You Enjoy

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It’s not a good thing to dwell on the negative too much, so focus on what you like to do as well! 

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With the extra free time it’s a good idea to pick up a hobby, something that interests you so that you will enjoy the time you spend on it. 

If you’re struggling to think of what you enjoy, the internet definitely has inspiration for you, and if not, you can always ask your friends. 

Hanging out with your friends is a good idea as well, as it reminds you that even though school can be tough, there are good people to support you through it. 

Future Courses of Action

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There are several options you can consider if you got poor grades for your O Levels. 

You could retake your O Levels as a private candidate. It might be a good idea to enroll in a private institution to prepare yourself for your next O Levels, or hire a tutor to help you. 

Another option is enrolling in vocational schools such as LASALLE College of the Arts or Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). These schools will teach you skills useful for future careers and allow you to get a diploma. 

There is also the option of studying at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) which provides you with vocational training as well. 

You could also apply for Polytechnic Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) to get into a polytechnic of your choice. Not all polytechnics offer this admission option, however. 

Talk to your teachers for advice on what you should do if you’re feeling lost. Your teachers have experience helping students who may not be doing so well. 

It may also be beneficial to discuss the best course of action with your parents as well. 


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There are many things you can do to manage your disappointment after receiving your O Level results, but you don’t have to do all of them if they’re too overwhelming!

Just remember that this isn’t the end of the road for you, and there are things you can still do even with poor O Level results!

Take care!

Rum Tan

Rum Tan is the founder of SmileTutor and he believes that every child deserves a smile. Motivated by this belief and passion, he works hard day & night with his team to maintain the most trustworthy source of home tutors in Singapore. In his free time, he writes articles hoping to educate, enlighten, and empower parents, students, and tutors. You may try out his free home tutoring services via or by calling 6266 4475 directly today.