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This is for a write-up in an academic document stating accomplishments.

I am looking for a term that is a near-equivalent of beat one's own record, exceed expectations and set new records.

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    improve To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better. – FumbleFingers May 16 '14 at 20:44
  • To 'best your record' but it does not include further exceed and and set new goals – Third News May 16 '14 at 20:51
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I suggest surpass oneself and overachieve.

surpass: go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to.

overachieve: to perform better or achieve more than expected, especially by others.

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Try:

  • Outstrips [one's] previous performance

  • Outperforms [one's] previous achievements

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There is raise the bar:

to set a higher standard for other people to follow

Examples:

The Olympic athlete plans to raise the bar by setting a new World Record for her sport.

When the new professor entered the university, he raised the bar for the other professors because of his superior teaching skills.

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In one word, I suggest to excel meaning:

To show superiority; surpass oneself or others.

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What about just using "personal best" or "personal record". Runners are always striving for their PR.

  • I believe that the question is referring to a noun for the person who breaks their own records consistently, not the noun for the records. – FracturedRetina May 17 '14 at 0:10

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