For thousands of students across the country, A Level results day will be the first step on the path to independence. Some of you are the ‘top dogs,’ achieving the best results, outperforming your peers and being accepted into the top-rated universities. But being a “top dog” has its drawbacks if you can also be categorised as an “overachiever”. Chronic overachievers fall into two categories.

The first are those who naturally excel academically, achieving top marks without, on the face of it, having to put any more effort than their peers. The other describes those who are driven to succeed, either to live up to the expectations of others or out of an innate competitive streak. In this case the disadvantage can be particularly acute when your “best efforts” don’t yield the results you expected.

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Written by Craig Poku