Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School

Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School

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by Lesley Schwartz Martin
     
 

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Every teacher, every school, and every class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter where they are. Everyone needs to prioritize well, stay organized, and know how to study for different topics, but actually managing to achieve those goals isn’t easy or straightforward. Make the

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Every teacher, every school, and every class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter where they are. Everyone needs to prioritize well, stay organized, and know how to study for different topics, but actually managing to achieve those goals isn’t easy or straightforward. Make the Grade dissects the school week as students actually experience it—and offers realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of (more enjoyable) distractions. Inside you’ll also find:

  • Sidebars that offer timesaving techniques, confidence-boosting exercises, and creative ways to add new studying skills
  • Checklists to help ensure you do everything you can to set yourself up for success
  • Charts and maps that provide clear, concise guidance in navigating difficult subjects and planning for future obstacles

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“Help is on the way for teens wanting to do better in school. . .this can be a valuable guide for tutors, academic coaches and teachers of study-skills courses looking for a systematic and informative handbook. An earnest, comprehensive and ‘everything-you-need’ compendium.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
"How many times do students realize they have misplaced, forgotten, or simply ignored an important assignment? Or blow off preparing for a big test? Using her background as a high-school social-studies teacher, Martin offers solutions for the ever more demanding job of balancing high school and extracurricular activities. From setting goals to learning about expectations, and from getting organized to acing the test, her ideas are practical, straightforward, and easily implemented—if a student is motivated to follow them. Of particular interest are the chapters "Working the Classroom" and "What to Learn and How to Learn It." Individual students with natural initiative might pick up this book, read it, and take the suggestions to heart. Less motivated students, however, might need to be persuaded to give it a chance. Used as part of a study skills course, the book could reach a broad audience of students, many of whom could benefit from Martin's suggestions." —Booklist
 

 

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Where was this book when I was in school? Author Martin provides a conversationally written, step-by-step guide to studying better, staying organized, staying on task, taking useful and easy-to-interpret notes, determining your best learning strategies, and even analyzing your teacher's personality so that you can make the most favorable impression. The suggestions for organization would make Martha Stewart proud. Students are counseled to color coordinate their materials, keep computer charts, use multi-colored pens to highlight information, and always use the right tools for the right job. It is clear that this book is aimed at older, college-bound teens with a clear mission for success. Martin's suggestions on prioritizing classes and assignments always have the final GPA as the stated goal. Yes, she acknowledges, you may have to give up fun activities in order to achieve a high GPA, but you will be on target for your college resume. If there is a problem with Martin's advice, it is that it seems very labor intensive to the point of excluding nearly everything but schoolwork and an occasional music break. Everything the student does is placed on a hierarchy of importance. For serious students, this will be the Holy Grail of learning to learn. Other students may feel overwhelmed by the tasks necessary to achieve grade improvement. Martin's most important message is to stay on task, study consistently, and treat teachers as resources rather than enemies. The common-sense approach will place most students in good stead. Index included. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 6 Up—In this volume, students learn time management skills, how to construct an essay, memorization tricks, and how to study effectively. Martin attests that poor study habits and bad grades can be overcome with practice and developing strong learning strategies. The text takes readers step-by-step through the basics for achieving success. From the beginning, the author urges students to set reachable goals and priorities that focus on creating adequate time for study and test preparation. Sample weekly schedules and different note-taking tips are nicely outlined in examples and diagrams. Students are shown how to create individualized study guides from their notes or from teacher-supplied guides. Though getting enough sleep is mentioned several times, the sample schedules fall short of the National Sleep Foundation's recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night for adolescents. Useful hints for dealing with challenging teachers and school assignments are also covered. Struggling students who are determined to make improvements will also find the book helpful.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
Kirkus Reviews
Help is on the way for teens wanting to do better in school. Following her Where's My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide (2010), Martin offers help for the too-busy, overscheduled teenager. Assuming such teens are organized enough and motivated enough to seek out this kind of help, there is much here for them. Advice on setting goals, managing time, getting organized and being more efficient in the classroom will help teens be more aware of themselves as learners and, thus, be able to better take charge of their academic lives. Teens who look up long enough from the iPhones, iPads and video games will even find a section discouraging studying in bed with the television on and the iPhone within reach. Though the design is dense, a variety of charts, worksheets, case studies, sidebars and checklists offers visual relief and plenty of additional information. Though not likely a book high school students will pick up on their own, this can be a valuable guide for tutors, academic coaches and teachers of study-skills courses looking for a systematic and informative handbook. An earnest, comprehensive and "everything-you-need" compendium. (index, author's note) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936976386
Publisher:
Zest Books
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Lesley Schwartz Martin is a professional teen academic coach and tutor. She is the creator of a customized academic planner used in Bay Area schools, and is the co-author of Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide.

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Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MAKE THE GRADE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO STUDY BETTER, STRESS LESS, AND SUCCEED IN SCHOOL by Lesley Schwartz Martin is an interesting Teen non-fiction/School & Education,Age range: 12+. A guide to help make school more manageable, and fun. A great guide to help manage your time better,study better,increase your GPA average and of course stress less. A great resource for middle grade,high school students, educators, and parents alike would benefit from "Make the Grade". 144 pages packed full of information and knowledge. That old adage knowledge is power, well this book is full of knowledge that is also usable. A must for all ages. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE(EDUCATIONAL) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More