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Big egos don´t produce results at university

University students who think they deserve the best marks are among those most likely to bomb out in exams, New Zealand research shows.

University of Otago researchers tracked the progress of 300 marketing students and found bigger egos don’t necessarily produce better results.

These more ego-driven students were more likely to fail when they found the exam more difficult than expected, when compared with other students who also found the test surprisingly challenging.This indicates that high expectations and extra stress don’t go well together.

It also supports the notion that students who are excessively entitled believe that other people are responsible for their success or failure, and so are less motivated to put in more effort when required.

The results, published in the International Journal of Higher Education, are the first internationally to prove that so-called “excessive entitlement” interferes with actually achieving success in the face of the challenge of university study.

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