I remember Kitty was supposed to be a "genius," according to Claremont, when she first appeared. But I don't remember her doing anything in later X-MEN issues which would indicate that she was.
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Anyone have a better memory than I do on this?
As far as her time with the X-Men, there were a couple. It started out milder, with little references to her being precocious, and ramped up over time.
When Claremont introduced Doug Ramsey as Kitty's friend from Salem Center, he established that the two of them had an aptitude for computers. Kitty was stronger with hardware, whereas Doug was stronger with software. They built a computer (it was the 80s) and hacked into a government server. Seemed like he was riffing on the movie "War Games", and this would have been 1983 or 1984, so the timing would have been about right. This was a pretty mild example, in retrospect.
Later on, Kitty was shown taking college level classes in the city, and at various times, she was shown tinkering with various gadgetry.
Later on, in Excalibur, she became the team's resident "science whiz", repairing and kit bashing various macguffins as needed, and she was the only one who could make Widget go during the crosstime caper.