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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517886871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517886878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is great! Parents will have it tattered and torn from 'rereadings.' You included how both parents and teachers might feel about themselves, the kids, and each other. A useful, practical 'how to' book!"-- Carol O'Brien Parent


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Millions of gifted children with average, above-average, or even gifted abilities--including those from homes where education is valued--simply do not perform up to their capabilities. This is what Dr. Sylvia Rimm terms underachievement syndrome.

Now Dr. Rimm offers desperately needed help for parents of underachieving children. Drawing on both clinical research and years of experience counseling families, she has developed a "Trifocal Model" to help parents and teachers work together to get students back on track. It is effective for both average and gifted students, from preschool through college. Dr. Rimm spells out a practical, six-step program that really works. If you are the parent or teacher of an underachiever, don't give up--get this book.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1998
I got this book originally at the library in a desparate attempt to find a way to reverse the decline in my child's grades. After reading the first 2 chapters, I had to buy the book so I didn't start marking up the library's copy! Not only was my child's behavior very accurately described, but there are concrete ideas of what parents and teachers can do to help reach these children. Tips are highlighted for both groups. Dr. Rimm is also careful to point out that changes are not going to be easy and some of the not so obvious pitfalls one can expect. I have begun making the changes Dr. Rimm suggested including meeting with my child's teachers. The book was outstanding in helping me formulate an outline to present to my child's teachers about what could be done. It went so well that the principal (who was also invited) is now reading my book! I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is frustrated with their child's (or student's) performance in school and are looking for ways they can help as parents or teachers.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
"I simply want to thank you for sharing your life's work in the area of underachievement. I stumbled upon Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades as I was desperately trying to discover other dimensions and clues to our 11-year-old son's academic struggles. Although he was diagnosed with ADD almost three years ago and has been afforded additional adaptive learning styles and tutoring, underachievement was never mentioned. Had I not embarked on this little research project independently, I would never have discovered this important area of study. Some of your descriptions and quotations in the book gave me chills, since we had heard some of the same things from our son verbatim!! Thank you for giving me a trail to follow and the vital information needed to help him be a success. The greatest gift we can give him is self-confidence and self-reliance. Your work has helped clarify methods to use to allow him to believe in himself. Thank you again" Columbus OH
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2001
Dr. Rimm's book applies to all kinds of children -- above average, below average, and "just plain normal" kids -- and, while it's targeted towards parents and teachers of children who are currently underacheiving, it can actually be helpful to teachers and parents even if you don't see any major problems with your children.
I was in the administration at a private school for bright and highly motivated students, and I can't tell you how many times I turned the page in this book, jerked to attention, and said, "Exactly! It's the fourth grade boy whose mom..." or "That's the certified teacher whose M.A. in education and 18 years' classroom experience doesn't stop her from telling her own girls..." or even "That explains why I hated the 'fun' Gifted and Talented program in sixth grade!"
I found Dr. Rimm's approach straightforward and practical; no suggestion in the book is controversial or tending to the dramatic.
The book is organized by personality type and age so you can customize the approach to your own situation. She has clear suggestions for enrolling staff assistance and dealing with divorced/blended family issues.
Her writing is credibly reinforced by research and her own clinical practice.
I was particularly impressed with her sections on "Yes-No parenting" and ADD/ADHD kids. If your child is a "late-developing" or "borderline" ADD student (or if you just want to keep him or her off Ritalin), then you need to read this book for the simplest, clearest explanataion of what you can do right now.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
My daughter's first semester in high school was torture for her and for us (her parents) until I discovered this book. There is so much a well-meaning parent can do wrong without knowing it, and this book really helped. Dr. Rimm helps you to first make the correct diagnosis, then suggests steps to change the unhealthy behaviors. I recommend this book to any one of my friends who says, "My son/daughter just isn't getting the grades I know he/she is capable of".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on October 19, 2006
This book gives insight to why some kids are underachievers and gives some practical problem solving techniques, like have your child study alone in a quiet spot. I used to hover over my daughter until she was done with her work, creating more distractions for her. Not any more. Dr. Rimm has cured me. This is simple, but worth the effort. She also walks you through what to do with dominant nonconforming children. She explains how they gain power (often through arguing) and gives some counter-intuitive advice on dealing with these kids.

The sooner you get this book the better. There are some very simple strategies that help children succeed in school that are more effective the earlier you use them. She includes a six step program that parents can use in cooperation with the school along with the practical parenting tips that are included. I started using some of the techniques and eliminated some of my bad habits with my 10 year old and I can see the difference in her level of motivation already.
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