Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point is a book that I have remembered for years. In search for less trashy reads, I opted to read David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. The section about the advantages of disadvantages (and the disadvantages of advantages), definitely holds true. Having been in lectures ranging from 200 students to 6, I can definitely see the effect of the inverse U curve. Where reducing the size of a class, does not necessarily automatically increase the productivity or grades of the student. The theory about what high school you attend whether elite or medicore, and whether you go to an Ivy or non-Ivy college is interesting. Whilst the university I went to was not an Ivy league, nor was it in America, the idea that attending a high pressure school, that is high on the league tables, does not necessarily produce better results is definitely true, for me at least. The pressure I put myself under was in part due to my desire to do well, but equally knowing that I didn’t get concepts as easy as my peers so having to work harder in certain areas to keep up!