Cleverly written in a 'Dear Abby' format, this guide is ideal for secondary teachers, parents, and the secondary students struggling to keep their grades up as courses become more difficult, move at a faster pace, and cover more material than ever before.Addressing common defense mechanisms and rationalizations students use to avoid studying, the first section of the book shows teachers how to introduce and promote effective studying techniques in their classrooms. Sections two through five offer specific study strategies for note-taking, doing homework, preparing for tests (including brain-based strategies for improving chances for success with various test formats), and preparing for standardized assessments.
Preface Acknowledgements About the Author Part I - Overcoming Obstacles and Negative Attitudes 1. Stinkin?, Thinkin?, and Other Roadblocks 2. My Homework Is Boring 3. Who Has the Time for Homework? 4. Just Add Water - Skill Development Takes Time 5. I?m too Tired to Study 6. Get a Coach - Your Very Own Personal Trainer for Studying Part II - Notebooks and Note-Taking Skills 7. Bring the Correct Notebook to Class 8. The How-Many-Notebooks-Do-I-Need Dilemma 9. Note-Taking Formats 10. Note-Taking Shortcuts 11. Taping a Class Part III - Homework Skills 12. Recording Assignments 13. Misplaced Homework 14. Why Even Do Homework? 15. Location, Location, Location - What is a Good Study Environment? 16. Sit on the Floor or at my Desk? ? Setting up an Effective Study Environment 17. Background Music and Homework 18. Wandering Focus 19. Pressure vs. Stress 20. Homework Schedules 21. Ready, Set....Don?t Start - Procrastination 22. Giving too Much Help to Friends 23. Too Much Parental Help 24. Brief Nightly Review of Notes 25. How to Read Informational Texts 26. Reading Rates 27. Take Notes While Reading? Part IV - Test Preparation and Test-taking Skills 28. Studying for Easy and Hard Subjects 29. Overcoming Spelling Problems 30. Is it Possible to Study too Long for a Test? 31. Mnemonics 32. Overwhelmed and Stuck 33. Finding Clues About Test Content 34. Study Cards 35. Long-Term Memory Formation; Rehearsal and Recitation 36. Memorizing Long Lists 37. Forgetting and Cramming 38. Directives 39. Food for the Brain 40. Preparing for Free Response Questions 41. Preparing for True/False Tests 42. Preparing for Multiple Choice Questions 43. Preparing for Open Book Tests 44. Problems Finishing the Tests 45. Proofreading 46. Study Groups 47. Remembering Locations - Episodic Memory 48. Should You Keep Your Eyes on Your Paper? 49. Analyzing Returning Tests Part V - Exams 50. Preparing for and Taking Exams and High-Stake Tests References Index