Making Your Education Work for You: A Proven System for Success in School and for Getting the Job of Your Dreams


 In today's challenging economy, students need every advantage to compete effectively. Making Your Education Work For You is a proven system, developed by Dr. Gordon Green, to help students realize their full academic potential and land the job of their dreams. Dr. Green's fool-proof system covers all of the essential skills needed for maximizing academic success and turning that success into a successful career.  Making Your Education ...

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 In today's challenging economy, students need every advantage to compete effectively. Making Your Education Work For You is a proven system, developed by Dr. Gordon Green, to help students realize their full academic potential and land the job of their dreams. Dr. Green's fool-proof system covers all of the essential skills needed for maximizing academic success and turning that success into a successful career.  Making Your Education Work for You shows students how to: 

*Work with parents for success
*Maximize the academic experience
*Earn top grades
*Find educational assistance
*Engage in effective job planning
*Secure career success
More than just a "how-to",  Making Your Education Work For You contains valuable information on how a good education leads to a good life, the value of getting good grades, setting goals, establishing contacts, gaining work experience and career planning.  The appendices include suggested reading lists and other educational resources, and Dr. Green's own Academic Transcript, which proves his "Straight-A" system really works.

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Praise for Making Your Education Work For You

"No one-student or parent-who reads Chapter 1 will fail to read this whole book.  And no student who reads Chapter 2 will fail to put the clear prescriptions that follow into action.  This important book is a grabber.  Be grabbed and have a good life!"
--William P. Butz, President and CEO, Population Reference Bureau
"Over the many years I have known Gordon Green I have seen him dedicate himself selflessly to helping young Americans of every race, creed, color, class.  This has been of enormous service to the country he loves...
--Ben Wattenberg, Host, PBS's Think Tank
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.
"Boy, do I wish my kids (and I) had this book when they were in school and college.  Fortunately, my grandkids now will... We've found that knowledgeable, practical guidance is vital to their success. Thank you, Gordon, for supplying it!"
--Chester E. Finn, Jr., Ph.D. senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
"If every student and family read this book, our national dropout problem would disappear.  It tells us why education is important, and more importantly, how to succeed within the system, no matter your starting point."
--Indya Kincannon, chairperson of the Knox County Board of Education, Knoxville, TN
"Gordon Green's Making Your Education Work for You should be required reading for parents and students alike...His handbook for learning is a joy to read, a call to arms, and an inspiration."
--Kathleen D. McCarthy, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate Center, City University of New York
"Gordon Green has written a book that every student and parent should read.  Dispensing both common sense alongside expert insight, he offers invaluable guidance on everything from study tips to summer jobs.  And all of it shared in jargon-free, readable prose chock-full of telling anecdotes...
--Frederick M. Hess, Ph.D. director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
"In his book, Gordon Green describes the crucial link between education and obtaining satisfying and economically rewarding work.  Even more important for readers, however, is the encouragement he provides to both youth and their parents by describing an approach that will enable them to take full advantage of their opportunities to learn and to succeed."
--Marvin Kosters, Ph.D. (University of Chicago), resident scholar emeritus and former director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and former senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers
"As a student, realization of your dreams begins with the courses you take in school and the grades you receive.  I used Dr. Green's study methods to realize my dreams of becoming a successful dentist, finishing first in my class in dental school, earning a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and receiving the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships in the process.  I enthusiastically recommend his new book to my own children and to my patients, and I encourage the same for you to make your dreams become a reality!"
--Dr. Robert Semco, D.M.D., M.S.,
"Years ago, I sat alone on the Rutgers University campus with a 1.9 grade point average, a copy of Gordon Green's book Getting Straight A's, and little else.  Now, twenty-one years later, I can look at my diploma, which states that I graduated with highest honors.  After reading his latest book, Making Your Education Work for You, I'm excited to share his ideas with my students and to put his proven methods to work in my daily life.  Simply stated, Gordon Green's writing changed my life...
--Michael S. Casella, teacher at East Amwell Township School, Ringoes, NJ and featured columnist at

Library Journal
Writing for students and parents, Green (Getting Straight A's) illustrates the importance of doing well in school, using statistics and anecdotes from his own experiences and those of other successful people. In the book's second part, he shares strategies on how to read effectively, do well on tests, and get good grades on papers and other assignments. There are no surprises here: start early, pay attention, attend class, and do the work. Appendixes include a list of 101 great books to read as part of a good education, keywords used on exams, a listing of further resources, and, oddly, a copy of the author's straight-A graduate school transcript. One useful feature is a recap of basic points at the end of each section and chapter. Green's writing is easy to follow, and it doesn't take a large commitment of time to finish his book. VERDICT Green covers the subject well but adds nothing new, given the plethora of similar guides. Many readers may prefer a more exciting presentation with illustrations, but the low paperback price makes this worthwhile if your how-to guides circulate a lot.—Mark Bay, Univ. of the Cumberlands Lib., Williamsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765319531
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. GORDON W. GREEN has a Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University.  His dissertation titled "Wage Differentials for Job Entrants, by Race and Sex " received national attention, including  a front page article in the New York Times. He was Chief of the Governments Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.  DR. GREEN also served as chair of the National Forum on Education Statistics for the U.S. Department of Education. He later became Assistant Director of the Welfare Reform Academy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the University of Maryland Foundation, Inc.   His works are widely published in government periodicals, magazines and professional journals. DR. GREEN lives with his wife in Fairfax Station, Virginia. 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Starting the Journey 15

Introduction 19

Part 1 For Parents and Students: The Importance of Education

1 How a Good Education and Good Job Translate into a Good Life (It's the only life you have, and you are the one who will have to live it) 37

2 Others Who Have Had Difficulty in School Have Succeeded (Anything is possible if you put your mind to it) 57

3 The Beauty of Knowledge (What you learn in school you will actually use later on) 74

4 The Value of Getting Good Grades (They build confidence and self-esteem, and expand opportunities) 87

5 How to Engage in Effective Job Planning (So students will be motivated to work hard in school) 107

Part 2 For Students: What You Will Have to Do

6 Mastering the Basic Skills (The right way to read a book, take a test, and write a term paper) 131

The Right Way to Read a Book (Be an active reader, and use your unique skills to comprehend) 133

The Right Way to Take a Test (Understand the techniques for taking various types of tests) 145

The Right Way to Write a Term Paper (Select a good topic, conduct research, develop an outline, and write it) 167

7 A System for Getting Straight A's (A proven ten-point study system that will put you on the road to success) 183

1 Plan a Course of Study (And always take the right subjects) 186

2 Choose Your Instructors If You Can (But always work with your instructors if you cannot) 194

3 Never Miss a Class (But always make up the work if it cannot be helped) 201

4 Always Sit in the Front Row (Or get as close to the front row as possible) 207

5 Always Complete Your Homework Assignments Before Class (So you will understand lectures and be prepared for questions) 211

6 Take Extensive Notes in Class (So you will become an active listener and retain more information) 218

7 Review (or Rewrite) Your Lecture Notes Before the Next Class (To get everything in order, and start studying for the next test) 227

8 Start Reviewing Your Lecture Notes and Reading Materials One Week Before a Test (So you will be fully prepared to take it) 236

9 Be Testwise and Confident When Taking a Test (Because these are the qualities that lead to success) 247

10 Show Your Instructor What You Have Learned on the Final Exam (Because it is a big part of your final grade) 255

8 Making the System Work for You (Helpful study tips that will make your task easier and more enjoyable) 262

It's a Wrap 274

Appendix A Recommended Reading List 281

Appendix B Key Words Used in Examinations 285

Appendix C Educational Resources 289

Appendix D Dr. Green's Academic Transcript for a Ph.D. in Economics 291

Index 295

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