These five brief titles in the Learning-A-Living Library series cover some of the basic life skills students need to know in order to be successful both at school and on the job. Each book gives a basic introduction to the subject, how a student would apply the knowledge at home, at school and at work, and gives ideas for applying the information in the future. Practical, down-to-earth advice uses examples from everyday life, illustrated with photos of high school students in common situations. "Questions to Ask Yourself" are listed at the end of each chapter to help readers check their understanding of the material. These books are easy to read and would help reluctant readers understand these topics. Each cover features a color photo of a student practicing the skills discussed in the book. Although they offer important information needed by most students, the books overlap a bit. The Communicating Information and Negotiation titles could have been combined into one book, covering both topics of written, spoken, and non-verbal communication, and how to negotiate solutions in which both sides win. Effective Budgeting discusses budgeting materials and human resources as well as money, using a small business as an example. It also includes a list of "Organizations to Contact" for those wanting more help. Effective Scheduling recommends scheduling free time and using a time log to track any problems. Organizing Information includes finding information in the library, taking notes, and writing resumes, reports, letters and memos-a lot to cover in such a short space. Overall, this is a worthwhile series, giving information in a useful format that students will find easy to use. Teachers planning to cover these topics will find these to be good introductory material. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address five titles: High Performance Through Effective Budgeting, High Performance Through Effective Scheduling, High Performance Through Communicating Information, High Performance Through Negotiation, and High Performance Through Organizing Information. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9A book that addresses organizing various aspects of one's life: in school, at home, and in the work environment. Chapters are extremely brief, type is large and double-spaced, and points are illustrated by fictional young people who face organizational dilemmas, making the book unintimidating. However, it has several faults that impair its effectiveness. The photographs are not attractive or helpful. One shows a young woman sitting at a microfilm reader in a library, although the chapter speaks extensively of computers. Another depicts a student shopping for an organizer in what appears to be a card shop or variety store; there are no visual clues as to where a person might actually purchase such an aid. The text also suffers from organizational flaws. A section entitled "Making Reports" covers writing a report and making a speech. Later in the book, "Reports and Speeches" advises readers to use short paragraphs and leave lots of white space on the page while saying little about public speaking. Of the three chapters dealing with jobs, the one on finding a job is last, and the sample resume that is included is poorly arranged and unattractive. Finally, study tips such as highlighting notes, making a timeline, or using outlines are uninspired and uninspiring.Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC