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Dear Teacher
Expert Advice for Effective Study Skills



April 2007 | 240 pages | Corwin
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

"Using a refreshing student-centered format, Peltz offers a treasure trove of research-based strategies as he builds a partnership with students to challenge, inform and encourage them. His wisdom and caring leap off the page! He knows the techniques and understands the learners. This comprehensive text will be valuable to teachers and families interested in building study skills. With Peltz’s knowledge, guidance and hope, the often troublesome area of organization can be managed!"

Lucy C. Martin, Learning Specialist
McDonogh School, Owingo Mills, MD

"A welcome new addition to the 'how-to-study' field. The question-and-answer approach is entertaining for students seeking help to improve their study skills, and the thoughtful recommendations obviously originate from an experienced professional."

David H. Griswold, Author, How to Study

"All the issues and questions you have about work habits and study skills are here, along with student-friendly suggestions and ideas! This banquet of strategies can be digested one at a time to satisfy a specific need or they can be part of a full meal of self-improvement."

K. Michael Hibbard, Assistant Superintendent
Ridgefield Public Schools, CT

"A top pick for both middle/high school and college-level reference libraries catering to students who want to learn how to study more effectively."

The Bookwatch, June 2007

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