Matching High IQ Scores and Academics - Numerous Tips to Rectify Anomalies
By Andrew Loh
Now that we learnt why children with better IQ scores fail to display
better academic skills, it is time to correct and rectify the perceived
anomaly. Children with higher IQ scores are usually problematic lot as
they tend to display numerous problems that hinder development of
academic abilities. Here are some tips to rectify innumerable anomalies
that lead to a mismatch between IQ and academic achievements.
Please remember that children with higher IQs want someone to solve
their hidden problems before they can show excellence in academic
matters. In other words, the only solution that can solve the problem is
dealing with many issues that surround children.
Experts recommend a universal solution to bring children to mainstream
academics. They recommend individual mentoring and counseling by both
parents and their teachers. This strategy involves giving an opportunity
for children to involve in interest based classroom projects and
providing training skills in organizational study skills. These
approaches would form the basis for a strong student centric study
Problem related to boredom and lack of acceleration opportunities
Gifted children with very high IQ
values often find traditional classroom boring and not interesting. In
addition, a perceived lack of accelerated educational opportunities may
stop children learning and achieve excellence.
Compact existing curriculum to enable children to show their active
interest to show excellence in academics.
Let children study
independently and cope with the rigors of the classroom.
curriculum that allows for a quicker learning session. In other words,
an accelerated learning package may help children in quick learning and
better absorption of lesson plans.
Problems related to mismatch between student interests and school's curriculum
One of the reasons for disappointing academic performance by gifted children is the
intricate problem related to a mismatch between student's innate
interests and current classroom curriculum. Gifted students with very
high IQ scores tend to possess diverse interests which should be given
enough attention before we expect them to perform better in their
studies. More often, school curriculum is traditional and conventional
with a heavy leaning on rote learning by memory. Under such a demanding
situation, one may need to provide an amenable learning environment.
Gifted children with higher IQ values usually need
a restructuring of study schedules. Let the curriculum be fast paced,
interesting and fun filled one. They also need constant mentoring in
their areas of interest. More often, they are more likely to perform
better in independent studies. Provide time for independent study but
under a rigid supervision.
Problems related to poor self-concept, external locus of control
Gifted and high IQ children usually possess very poor self-concept, self-image and
self-esteem. In addition, they might have an external locus of control
that leads to disorganization and a lack of discipline.
To prevent indiscipline and disorganization, you may
need to contact class teacher to request for a rescheduling of homework
and project tasks. Let them be in smaller parts so that children will
have the confidence in their abilities to finish assigned tasks. Once
they are completed, they can slowly expand to work on larger and tougher
Problems related to parenting and poor parenting style
Numerous problems that parents see in their gifted children
may occur due to their own poor parenting style or due to styles that
are not suitable for their children. Some parents may like to follow a
truly lenient style of parenting while others may want to become the so
called “tiger moms.” Whatever the case, an affable parenting style
involves understanding the needs and requirements of children especially
the ones that relate to school and school assignments.
Parents may like to help their children in finishing assigned work
on time and with dedication. This might need you to sit down with them,
help and assist in organizing the schedule. Parents may also need to
contact school teachers to request them to care of their children.
A mismatch between higher IQ and
classroom performance is more likely due to a hold-back in children's
mind. Hence, it is all related to their mind and motivation. The first
important key is to motivate and support children' mind to make them
organized for better performance.
Devote maximum time to take care
of your children's classroom needs especially homework and assignments.
Creating a schedule with the help of classroom teachers might motivate
children to devote more time that is high quality and focused.
Set a time schedule to make children work for at least two hours a day.
However, go slow in the first few months to help children adapt to the
A disconnect between higher IQ and disappointing
academics is usually the biggest and most significant problem among
gifted children. Rectifying this anomaly might take some time as the
issue is mostly related to children's mind and motivation. Hence,
understanding children and their difficulties will help parents create a
workable road map for future success.
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By Jill Stamm, Ph.D
Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music
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Dr. Jill Stamm is the co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and is an associate clinical
professor at Arizona State University in Psychology in Education. She is a nationally-known presenter on the subject
of early brain development and has spoken before thousands of parents, caregivers, teachers, and policymakers.