It’s nearly that time of the year again and the tension is undoubtedly extremely high. Whether you’re going to university this year or in the years to come, these top eight tips will help you keep a cool head if you have to face the process of university clearing.

Keep calm and carry on.

Tip #1


Anything can happen on results day and it’s always best to have a clear plan to deal with all the potential obstacles. It may be useful to have a list of the universities that you are going to ring up and enquire about. Knowing all the information about the university offered to you will help you make an efficient and mindful decision as in many cases, it can be a ‘first come first served’ system.

Tip #2

Get started!

As soon as you are aware that clearing is the option available to you, then you have to get your place sorted as soon as you can. It’s always good to have a lap top and a phone, so that you can research yet be on the phone to potential universities the whole time. Asking for help from family and friends can also be a great idea as they can wait on phones whilst you continue to research.

Tip #3

Ask questions!

It can be a stressful experience, but don’t let that mean that you agree to everything that is told to you in an attempt to secure a place. Ask questions and find out all the information you need, make a note of any important factors, treat the experience as if you are interviewing the advisor, get all the information you need from them. Also, ask for advice! They are there to calm you and to help you, listen to them.

Tip #4

Sell your potential

If a space is available, you will be asked in a few words to tell the university why you deserve the placement. You need to really sell your potential! It may be handy to write down a small personal statement to have at the ready when you are asked. You can alter it slightly depending on the university you are calling. Having a well-planned and thorough biography of yourself that you can recount as soon as you are asked will paint you as organised and determined. Having something to hold and look at might also calm the nerves.

Tip #5

Hang in there!

The wait after clearing can be up to two weeks long and it’s important to remember that you have ensured all the best options for yourself, in order to make this wait less stressful.

Tip #6

Don’t make a reckless decision

It can be tempting on the day to take the first thing that is offered to you to fill the uneasiness that surrounds the lack of a university place. However, try to resist the urge to take whatever is placed in front of you. Make sure the university is right for you, way up all the options and only commit when you are certain.

Tip #7

Get help from family and friends

The final decision is ultimately up to you, but seeking guidance and advice from family and friends can be a comforting experience. Also, even if you are calm, your parents may not be, so keep them busy googling options for you, they will feel better to know that they are helping you.

Tip #8

Keep options open

It’s always handy to keep an open mind concerning clearing. Even if you have not researched the university on offer to you, you can always ask for 24 hours to make your judgment during which time you can research and come to your final decision.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.