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rickybazire
14-04-08, 09:26
According to the deaf specialist at Winchester, I'm one of the most intelligent deaf people in the whole of the UK...I didn't want to believe that.

But when I was two years old and doctors were trying to find out how much I knew, they did a series of tests.

I only found out about this story a couple of weeks ago.

A guy came round and he was going to test me on how much I knew, I was two years old. He had done a series of tests to begin with to do with numbers, and I replied by saying what the number was...well...I mumbled because I couldn't speak properly. He had a small bag of cards with a number on each of them. Labelled one to twenty. He held up a card with, let's say three was on it, and asked me what the number was. I replied and he put it down in front of him.

Now this is what I was suprised at when I was told this story, I had picked up the card, turned it round so it was facing him, and had put it to his left. Each card that he held up, I answered and he then gave the card to me with complete suprise. By the time the test was over, I had placed the cards labelled one to twenty in order, facing him.

Now this is what suprised me even more. He said to my mum that getting the numbers in order would be the work of a 5-6 year old. But then to have them backwards facing the other person would be the work of a 7-8 year old.

Since then I've just been fluent in numbers and Maths, and for my year 6 SATS in Maths...:D...I got 100/100. :jmp:

Were you a bright child when you were young?

touchthesky
14-04-08, 09:33
^Awh that was cute.

I was good at English. I won a few awards because my writing was always so imaginative. But that is about it. Maths and Geography were my weak points.

Angelus
14-04-08, 09:33
I was bright as a kid, especially in English. But Maths is another story. :D

EDIT: touchthesky: Snap!

Drone
14-04-08, 09:42
yup I was bright in math when I was kid :)

jackles
14-04-08, 09:45
yes I was bloody brilliant...and then it's been downhill all the way since then!!!


;)

george_croft
14-04-08, 09:45
Yah, i pwn3d every1 @ my class in inglish. :cool:

Geck-o-Lizard
14-04-08, 09:48
Yeah I was an English & spelling nut too (any surprise that we're all on the internet now?), got put in the class the year above me for that stuff. Learned to read music notation before I learned to read words though.

Gianni Bartoli
14-04-08, 10:12
I could read before I went to school... not very well, mind you, but still...:D

Soma Holiday
14-04-08, 10:16
Straight A's until high school...and now that Im in college...lets just say that actually going to class is the hardest thing ever. :/

Courses aren't hard at all for me...I just don't see the point and usually don't go to classes. I mean why would ANYONE need to take a class called "Museums in the 21st Century?" lol.

I get by, but with Cs and Bs...I heart English...but math frustrates and i usually don't try my best at it...

Elysia
14-04-08, 10:17
I could talk at 9 months and read at a year (I was reading Lord of the Rings at 8 years old)... I was taken to a child psychologist for all manner of reasons and my parents were told they might have a little genius on their hands (when it came to creative things. I am number dyslexic, however, and so find maths hard - although, ironically, I understand the more theoretical side of physics, because I don't have to work out any silly equations!).

Then I discovered boys...

:p

I was never the top of my classes, because I am too easily distracted. If I found something interesting, I'd go off and get all obsessive about it and produce A grade work (A* didn't exist when I was a kid), but if I didn't find it interesting, I'd switch off and start doodling.

I also managed to get a degree in a science subject after having no prior A levels in any science at all (I flunked GCSE science because I didn't like it and spent all my science lessons trying to find new ways to burn things...), and I now teach one subject I never studied beyond A level and another subject I have absolutely NO past experience of whatsoever, and can hold my own in it alongside people who have degrees and masters in said subjects, mainly because I have an insatiable curiosity with regards to things that interest me. :D

So yeah, I was a bright kid. I'm not an unintelligent adult.

But I'm lazy... so lazy...

Rather ironically, my brother, however, was told he was a nice boy but would only ever make a road sweeper, and even then he'd have to have someone with him to show him how to use his broom.

He's now a doctor.

He has a T-shirt with the slogan 'I beat the smart kids' on it, accompanied by a picture of Ralph Wiggum... :D

Obscure
14-04-08, 10:22
I couldn't read or write until I was six/seven but when I had learnt it, I found it was easy and went from bottom English to Top set in the space of a few months. I then started writing books at the age of nine (none of which were very well written) until I was Thirteen when I spent two years writing a book named Dreading Tomorrow. Then when I was fifteen I spent all my free time writing a new book, I've spent 10 months on it now and I'm on 93,000 words.

Not bad for someone who was branded the Village Idiot from ages 3 - 6 for not being able to read and write. :D

Gregori
14-04-08, 10:36
yup, they had to install a dimmer switch on me so that I would stop blinding the neighbourhood kids...

Ada the Mental
14-04-08, 10:37
I wouldn't call myself bright...No learning to read when I was 3-4 or something...But I did learn to talk quickly, and read & write pretty fast, faster than most of the kids in my class (though, looking back at some essays I wrote when I was 6, I made atrocious mistakes).

I'm fluent with languages. Maths has always been my only problem. Everything with equations in it. Therefore I suck at Physics, too, even though I understand the theory. I don't even bother with those anymore.

I guess I'm the "could have been bright if she bothered" type.
I'm only good at stuff I'm interested in.

I was never the top of my classes, because I am too easily distracted. If I found something interesting, I'd go off and get all obsessive about it and produce A grade work (A* didn't exist when I was a kid), but if I didn't find it interesting, I'd switch off and start doodling.
Same here. I do love reading literature under my desk or drawing at school .:D

And I think I have too many interests. My final school exams (on which my entrance to University depends) are due in about a month and I'm here, typing this, wasting my time.

rr_carroll
14-04-08, 10:45
We're still in the dark ages as far as understanding people goes. When I was a senior in high school, I got an 800 in the math SAT (the maximum score is 800). I flunked out of Cal Tech in 2 quarters because of personal issues that no one wanted to notice (that would include myself).

Forwen
14-04-08, 10:48
Nah, I just beat other kids and snatched their toys.

zappo3000
14-04-08, 10:52
According to the deaf specialist at Winchester, I'm one of the most intelligent deaf people in the whole of the UK...I didn't want to believe that.

But when I was two years old and doctors were trying to find out how much I knew, they did a series of tests.

I only found out about this story a couple of weeks ago.

A guy came round and he was going to test me on how much I knew, I was two years old. He had done a series of tests to begin with to do with numbers, and I replied by saying what the number was...well...I mumbled because I couldn't speak properly. He had a small bag of cards with a number on each of them. Labelled one to twenty. He held up a card with, let's say three was on it, and asked me what the number was. I replied and he put it down in front of him.

Now this is what I was suprised at when I was told this story, I had picked up the card, turned it round so it was facing him, and had put it to his left. Each card that he held up, I answered and he then gave the card to me with complete suprise. By the time the test was over, I had placed the cards labelled one to twenty in order, facing him.

Now this is what suprised me even more. He said to my mum that getting the numbers in order would be the work of a 5-6 year old. But then to have them backwards facing the other person would be the work of a 7-8 year old.

Since then I've just been fluent in numbers and Maths, and for my year 6 SATS in Maths...:D...I got 100/100. :jmp:

Were you a bright child when you were young?

i didnt realise you were deaf
are you completely deaf?

rowanlim
14-04-08, 10:58
Hm I guess not. My grades as a child were inconsistent...I just went to school because I have to. It was only when I was 12 that I started studying for real & my academic has been pretty good since then :D

Oh I have perfect pitch in music :)

Andromeda66
14-04-08, 11:39
psst was that deliberate? :pi: :p

I was born intelligent, but education ruined me.

No seriously, I'm not sure if I was smarter than the average Joe or the average Joe was dumber than most.

I'm hoping its the former.

Ada the Mental
14-04-08, 11:43
psst was that deliberate? :pi: :p.
Not that was apparently-I'm-forgetting-my-english.:p :vlol:
Ok,that's embarrassing.I'll edit it.

Quasimodo
14-04-08, 11:47
I was bright, but not bright enough (apparently). It's given me an inferiority complex ever since.

DREWY
14-04-08, 12:18
Iwas the goodest at sppee umm, speel doh spellin and cancount lotsa numbers and my inglish teecher said i is real good at sentance constrktion and punctuation but i liked play time and lunchetime the best and .....

I was just an average student, but I had the best work ethic. I hated anyone beating my test scores to the point where I would get out all the relevant books from the library, so no one else could use them :whi: (worked a treat)

Seb_01225
14-04-08, 12:20
Nah, I just beat other kids and snatched their toys.

omg same :)
but i did learn to read and write before everyone else because my mum helped me when i was really tiny i could read and write when i was 2-3



Rather ironically, my brother, however, was told he was a nice boy but would only ever make a road sweeper, and even then he'd have to have someone with him to show him how to use his broom.

He's now a doctor.

He has a T-shirt with the slogan 'I beat the smart kids' on it, accompanied by a picture of Ralph Wiggum... :D

hha good for him :)
love the sound of his tee

DickDan
14-04-08, 12:25
Quite the opposite really, I had some kinda of dis-order with my brain that kept me from speaking until I was 4. It was horrible for my mum I tell you. But after the age of 4 I was very bright until I got to secondary school of course :P

rickybazire
14-04-08, 20:56
i didnt realise you were deaf
are you completely deaf?

Only moderately. Average people hear 20 DB as the average. For me it's about 60 DB, but I got worried when I saw some recent test reults showing I'm bout 70-80 DB average

digitizedboy
14-04-08, 21:45
I wasn't the brightest spark in the world no. I had to see special teachers and all because I had learning difficulties. But there did come a point where I felt I could cope better and I still had to see them. Which made me kind of fed up because I was getting older too and realising how much it was humiliating and embaressing in front of all the other kids at school.

Chiki Mina
14-04-08, 22:42
Well, pretty much, yeah. I was top at my class for best reader in English and Spanish. I had many awards and interviews. I was in first grade, 5 years old and already turned bilingual :o BTW, I did this all through studying every day. I was aware that I wasn't born an Einstein.

oocladableeblah
14-04-08, 22:44
Wow I didn't realize you were deaf. I got A's on every single one of my spelling tests in second grade and my first word was actually a sentence.

LaraCablara
14-04-08, 22:47
Math killed the brightness for me :wve:

Melonie Tomb Raider
15-04-08, 00:42
Yeah, I was a very bright kid. Was nearly 2 years ahead of everyone else my age, and had exceptional math skills.

Now that I'm in college I'm a B student. Not bad but not superior or anything. I've kind of relaxed a little. :p :vlol:

historyraider
15-04-08, 01:32
I would say I was a bright kid, especially in history, geography, math and science. English and literature is another story. I was the kind of kid to read the whole text book at the beginning of the year and had all the text book's activities and quizzes already completed. I was not a teacher's pet though and made it seem I put forth just enough effort. I stayed consisted through elementary and high school. Never went to college, wish I did.

But like all life, you never stop learning. I still read text books, I'm half way though "Ancient Mexico & Central America: Archeology and Culture History" by Evans currently.

Neteru
15-04-08, 01:41
Were you a bright child when you were young?About a thousand candles when on re-charge.

Angel666
16-04-08, 23:09
I was one of the few people in my first grade class who could read. I remember we had to read a list of words to the teacher and it was a few pages. She called my parents and said that I was the first time in her twenty odd years of teaching that she had to turn the page. I guess I'm pretty bright. I'm definately smarter than a few of my teachers at the high school level.

Fish.
17-04-08, 00:01
I was very bright - in fact, at school, I was always 1 grade ahead. I went to a higher grade for advanced learning (went to a 2nd grade class in 1st grade, etc.), and in 3rd grade, I was reading at an upper-11th grade level! Yay! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/icons/icon3.gif

MiCkiZ88
17-04-08, 00:09
I suppose. I was much better in English than anyone else in my class, and I got the best grades for it.

Also my father is a member of Mensa and he's great in maths, so I've learned most from him. My mom is great in arts and English, so I got that from her.

AmericanAssassin
17-04-08, 00:11
Until I met my girlfriend in 8th grade (who is now an ex), I had flawless grades. Now, I'm just lazy... :p

Sir Croft
17-04-08, 00:22
I was good at all the subjects. :D
But now, High School, things are way harder and I'm having some troubles! :whi:
But I'm still good at English, best grades in the class. :cool:

Forwen
17-04-08, 00:58
I was much better in English than anyone else in my class, and I got the best grades for it.

This happened to me as well - I blame Internet and video games.

Tyrannosaurus
17-04-08, 01:23
I've never been a particularly good student. My grades were always mediocre to respectable in range. I had immense difficulty concentrating in High School, especially during those classes I could have cared less about, but did well in the classes I enjoyed. I suffered during my first year in college, when I had to torture myself with GER's, during which my average was a mere 1.0. When I graduated, it was at 2.65, though my average for the classes in my major were considerably higher, and I'm doing pretty well in my graduate courses.

I may just have adult ADHD, I don't know, but I've never been industrious, practical or productive. I find it very difficult to care about menial things. I'm an idealist, and I have almost no interest in money, craft, or the material world. My head is in the clouds, and my feet don't touch the ground. I always seem to have a far-away look on my face, and a soft but intense voice, and I rarely smile. The most common adjective that's ever been predicated to describe me has been "creepy".

My talents only seem to show through only in the creative expression of my passions. I will express myself by talking circles around you, through elaborate metaphors, imagery, and parables--sort of like Jesus, except the meaning of mine are a little more oblique. I quickly gained a reputation in my fiction writing classes for being the most brutal critic around, and one of the best writers in general. My memoir, in which I wrote about a demon with a huge member (which sounds pretty insane, but it wasn't written litterally--I broke many of the percieved rules for non-fiction narratives that way) won first place for non-fiction in an award-winning journal where there were a record breaking number of submissions. It was a memoir I didn't want to write, let alone have anyone read.

Nearly everyone who speaks to me for any length of time, however, concludes that I'm remarkably intelligent and will be saving the world some day. But how, and what I am supposed to do with myself in the meantime?

matrix54
17-04-08, 01:34
im surprising good at solving very complex puzzles, but only if i have some experience in the subject matter.

ma and geomrty or other types of math go hand in hand!!:D

cococomics_pres
17-04-08, 01:45
I think I was- My sister brought home her textbooks and taught me from them from age 4 or 5.

stranger1992
17-04-08, 01:58
im surprising good at solving very complex puzzles, but only if i have some experience in the subject matter.

ma and geomrty or other types of math go hand in hand!!:D

and spelling too huh?

I was a clever child yes...

I guess I am still a clever child since I am 16. I always learnt fast and never really had any places where I was stuck. I don't excel terribly at Maths though i am okay at it, but I do excel in problems, seeing things from different angles and using different subject skills together. I guess its is the reason I like doing TRLE so much because I combine all that i am good at into 1 package.

Hairhelmet12
17-04-08, 02:46
According to the deaf specialist at Winchester, I'm one of the most intelligent deaf people in the whole of the UK

*eek!* your deaf! wow i dident know that!
dang so youve never heard laras voice?:(

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 03:05
Me...ahhhmmm...I consider myself bright when I was young...even now ;)

Spitfire
17-04-08, 04:38
I'm still a bright child...