I was probably underachieving for my skills at school (don't know how you can say it without letting it look like an indirect self-praise? ). The thing is grades are to a very big part determined simply by quantity of active participation in class. You can have good grades in exams (and I mostly had, only sometimes when I was too lazy I had only average grades, rarely very bad ones) and may be chosen to participate passively (heh) and give good answers, but end up still with the same or a worse grade than someone who talks only crap (but a lot, actively) and has average grades in exams. I also often didn't do my homework but that again had somehow no impact on your grades anyway.
However, I didn't care too much about grades in the later years. They were also not relevant for my future, because I didn't need better grades than I had for studying. In my study right now I am mostly limited by laziness and some exams where virtually everyone gets at best an average grade if he passes because the exams are very hard or very short on time for the amount of things to do. But my grades are going in an ok'ish direction I think overall (especially the trend is good, since in the latest exams I did overall very very good). No grades for participation in class
edit: With underachieving I mean I could have better grades. It is not like I did bad at school (at least not to a degree that I would be in any time in danger).
I think INTPs do great during school, since there is a huge variety of disciplines and there's always something different to learn, so boredom becomes less of a problem. On college, however....
I'm not gonna brag about my accomplishments though.
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '
Though out of this world and oblivious at times (most times) xNFPs are the most brilliant of all types academically. I believe there was a survey done and xNFPs came on top. I have a INFP cousin who is brilliant. Just brilliant. She is out of this world academically. At med school infact. She became the island 72nd as I recall. Though not as socially clever, manipulative, charming as I (ENTPs).
Infact the reason given at the OP are the exact reasons why that particular type would be really good at school.
Originally Posted by OrangeAppled
Introversion - may provide an ability to concentrate & not get distracted by social stuff (ie. talking in class). May be more likely to spend time alone to study/read.
Ne - grasps theory very well, sees patterns, enjoys new ideas, is creative
Fi - has a strong value system, albeit detached from the external standards. May or may not value traditional education. This probably has the most bearing on whether an INFP chooses to make the effort. Fi is also a rational cognitive function which evaluates and reasons. That makes it has a lot of potential for critical thinking skills so useful in an academic setting.
INFPs are also over-represented in colleges and universities according to some studies (can't find the link, sorry), so it seems they do well enough to pursue higher education & to be accepted there.
Personally, school was a breeze for me & I had excellent grades. I might have "under-achieved" in that I slacked because I got bored, but I still did much better than most of my schoolmates. College was also pretty easy, and I enjoyed it a lot more.