Parents and Teachers
Do you wonder if your child (or student) is at risk for underachievement or is underachieving? To find out, ask yourself the following questions.*
Score 1 point for each "yes" response and total the points for each section. Scores are explained after each section. (If you are a teacher, substitute "my student" for "my child.")
Does my child forget to do homework assignments? Does my child give up easily?
Does my child avoid competitive activities unless he/she is almost sure to win?
Does my child start working late on homework each night?
Does my child watch two or more hours of TV (or play two or more hours of video games) on school nights?
Total Points for Section 1:
Read Chapter 1 of Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades to understand the characteristics of underachievers.
Was my child the center of an unusual amount of attention for the first three years of his/her life?
Were my child's parents divorced before he/she was a teenager?
Does my child have a same gender sibling who is less than three years younger or older than he/she?
Does my child want a lot of one-to-one attention?
Total Points for Section 2:
Read Chapter 2 of Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades to learn about risk factors that may initiate underachievement.
Is the mother or father in this child's family perfectionistic?
Does my child tend to ignore his/her mother, father, or teacher when they make requests?
Did the mother or father in this child's family not like school?
Is the mother or father in this child's family unhappy in his/her career?
Is the mother or father in this child's family disorganized?
Do the mother and father in this child's family have very different approaches to child rearing?
Is one parent in this child's family a more rigid disciplinarian than the other?
Do my child's grandparents live nearby and overindulge him/her?
Total Points for Section 3:
Read Chapter 3 of Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades to understand how your child or student may be unconsciously imitating problem parental attitudes or behaviors.
Read Chapter 4 of Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades if your child is a dependent or dominant underachiever.
Is my child bored with school?
Does my child seem to ask for more teacher help than most children?
Does my child tend not to finish class assignments?
Does my child disrupt the class by talking too much?
Does my child complain that schoolwork is too easy?
Is socializing the most important part of school for my child?
Does my child's class emphasize competition in almost everything?
Does my child's class attempt to eliminate all competition?
Total Points for Section 5:
Read Chapter 5 of Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades to discover what classroom risks can cause underachievement.
*Quiz questions taken from Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by S. B. Rimm, Great Potential Press., Scottsdale, AZ, 2008.