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Book details
  • SubGenre:Study Skills
  • Language:English
  • Pages:316
  • eBook ISBN:9780990611219

Straight A's Are Not Enough

Breakthroughs in Learning for College Students

by Judy Fishel

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Making good grades - even straight A's - is a fine goal if that's what you need or want, but far too many straight A students memorize facts, do well on exams, and then soon forget everything. What a terrible waste of time, effort and money! In this book, you will discover strategies for Flexible Time Management, Research-based learning strategies, Test preparation without cramming, Mental Processing - a new more effective definition of study, and Strategies to develop thinking skills, long-lasting memory, and deeper concentration. In addition, the book includes a section on what employers want most with chapters on critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and complex problem solving. This book is radically different from other books on study skills. It can empower students to choose what they want or need to learn and take to charge of their own education. They might even re-discover the excitement of learning.


The book begins with three basic questions:

1. Why do so many students work ward, make good grades, but quickly forget what they "learned?"

2. How can you learn more, understand deeply, and remember longer?

3. How can you get a great education?

These are more than hypothetical questions. They are all answered in the conclusion to the book. In this book, you will discover:

   * Four basic habits that help your brain learn more effectively
   * How your Mindset and Approach to learning make a difference
   * Flexible Time Management
   * Research-based learning strategies
   * Test preparation without cramming
   * Mental processing - a new more effective definition of study
   * Strategies to organize information, to use many thinking skills, and  to develop long-lasting memory
   * Ways to strengthen willpower, resilience and concentration.

The book also includes a section on what employers want most and goes on to include chapters on critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and complex problem solving.

To make the book more exciting to read, there are 54 illustrations including three comic strips, many stories, metaphors, and helpful examples.

 This book takes a RADICALLY DIFFERENT approach to study skills

1. Focusing on getting a great education rather than just on grades

2. Based on Research - not just on strategies that have been used for years.

3. Focusing  more on what you want to know than on what your teacher thinks you should know.


In addition to the book, there is a website, www.choose-learning,.com with blogs, study tips, monthly contests, and a way for students to email the author with their questions.  Students are invited to write blogs for the website and contribute study tips.

About the author

Judy Fishel is an award-winning teacher, now retired, who shares her research and insights on how we learn most effectively. She was a seventh grader when she first asked why she worked so hard and made good grades but learned so little. She struggled with this question through high school, college, grad school, and for years as a teacher. Finally, with time for intensive study, she uncovered exciting research, much of it very recent. She discovered that the strategies most students use are among the least effective. In this book she shares and explains the most effective learning strategies.

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