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    Okay, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I'm trying my best not to sound like a [email protected] here and I'd hate to boast about myself. I'm just trying to get a discussion going about an honest problem I have.

    I've recently finished my GCSEs and for two subjects at least, I did far more on controlled assessments than was required. In the end I went way over the expected word counts, input time and all the other guidelines and got full marks with margin to chill. In another two subjects I think I dropped one mark each, though I wouldn't put these in the same category. There were also 3 ISAs with one mark dropped on each.

    I've just completed a work experience placement and although this benefit wasn't in my original plans, I now find myself very well equipped with contextual knowledge and skills to pretty much breeze through a CA for a subject I may be taking at A-level.

    I've always worried that I exceed expected word counts and the like, and that this will compromise my work. I don't think I usually cut down on quality but the issue with CAs is that you can take it as far as you like. There was nothing stopping me from going to A-level concepts and detail during my CAs at GCSE and I'm concerned that over the next two years, I can't afford to go as crazy because my other subjects will suffer if I become obsessed with the CA that I potentially have ahead of me. It's on a subject I really have a passion for and the placement I did was totally optional and arranged by myself. Even at GCSE, I was spending so many hours at lunch and at home doing extra research and preparation that simply wasn't needed. That time spent revising for other exams probably would've had me 10A*s easily. I don't know when to stop writing when it comes to essays and reports and this has come to curse me in English exams where I cannot effectively manage time.

    I'm not here to gloat and say I find things too easy. I do get pushed and have to work hard. The issue is that I never know when to stop and this is compromising my other subjects and other aspects of my life.

    Has anyone ever felt the same? If so, how did/do you cope?

    Thanks for any replies in advance.
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