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How to Get Straight A's...And Have Fun at the Same Time

by Gordon W. Green

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312866593, Paperback)

A title like How to Get Straight A's in School and Have Fun at the Same Time seems too good to be true, but educator Gordon W. Green Jr., Ph.D. pulls it off. It's a great guide for younger students (in middle school or junior high) who want to ace their classes while still having time for sports, extracurricular activities, and video games. Well organized, written simply but without condescension, this book inspires new habits in students and then explains how to maintain them--hopefully, well into adulthood.

The first section covers the most important tasks facing any pupil: reading books, taking tests, and writing papers. Each chapter stresses the importance of the activity in question and shows how each can be managed with the least fuss. The next, larger, section is more general, advising the reader on such basics as note-taking and self-confidence, which are crucially important to good grades but are never explicitly taught. Green makes up the difference with admonitions to sit up front, prepare for class, and work with the teacher. Better yet, he recaps his advice from each chapter in a few easily digested instructions that can be quickly referenced as needed. It's not too good to be true, and you don't have to be a genius to follow his system and get straight A's--just willing to take the time to do things right and believe in yourself. --Rob Lightner

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:15 -0400)

Dr. Green has drawn on his 20-year career as an educator to address the needs of younger students with a practical guide targeted to students, parents and teachers. The Green philosophy: there is no such thing as a mediocre student (only mediocre results). You study hard. You memorize. You work at a problem over and over until it feels like your head is going to explode. You think, finally I'm ready for the big test. And you still don't make the grade. Relax. The truth is, Dr. Gordon Green knows exactly how you feel. He was a bright student. And he studied hard, too. But he struggled his freshman year at college anyway. What happened? He developed a unique ten-step program based on the simple principle that academic success is not so much a question of how hard you study, but how smart you study. Did it work? After college, Dr. Green went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics at a prestigious university--all the while maintaining straight A's! Thousands of student have benefited from his program. How he has adapted his study methods to apply to you. This is an easy, do-it-yourself guide to help you turn frustration into success. Topics include: How to get the most out of what you need; How to budget your time; How to take a test; Keys to developing effective study habits;It's not enough to survive school. This guide will help you excel. And remember: There is no such thing as a mediocre student. Only mediocre results.… (more)

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