Painless Study Techniques

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Most kids hate to study, and homework is always a chore—but this book teaches kids how to transform drudgery into interesting and productive projects. The author offers suggestions for group learning and study projects, creating a stimulating study environment, and knowing the different ways to read different kinds of books, from math to literature. He also advises on organizing ideas for writing assignments, and seeking extra help for especially difficult subjects.

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Overview

Most kids hate to study, and homework is always a chore—but this book teaches kids how to transform drudgery into interesting and productive projects. The author offers suggestions for group learning and study projects, creating a stimulating study environment, and knowing the different ways to read different kinds of books, from math to literature. He also advises on organizing ideas for writing assignments, and seeking extra help for especially difficult subjects.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—This book provides helpful information on topics such as time management, homework organization, note taking, creating outlines, studying for tests and quizzes, grammar, and writing a research paper. Greenberg breaks down each main topic into smaller, more manageable subtopics, giving examples to help illustrate his ideas. Each chapter is peppered with "Brain Ticklers," which are activities/questions to help students put their newly learned skills to use. While the book is aimed at secondary school students, it is accessible to a much larger audience. Much of the information would be useful to students of any age and to parents and/or teachers who work with them on a daily basis. Greenberg's writing style is clear and interesting; he references pop culture and sports icons, which students will enjoy. While the ending feels a bit abrupt, the book is nonetheless a solid resource for most libraries. Middle and high school students would also benefit from having a copy at home.—Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764140594
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 305,376
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book v

Chapter One You Can Manage Your Time 1

Your Typical Day 3

One Week Later: Time to Consider Some Sacrifices 4

Using Time in School 12

Weekends and Holidays 14

Group Projects 17

Chapter Two Homework: Practically a Misnomer 21

The Reason for Homework 23

Preparation: What You Must Do at School 26

A Working Environment 31

Time and Sequence 33

The Question of Quality 35

If You're Having Trouble 38

Chapter Three How to Read a Book (and You Thought You Knew!) 45

Getting to Know Your Textbook 47

How to Read a Chapter in a General Textbook 51

How to Read a Foreign Language Textbook 54

How to Read a Math Textbook 55

How to Read Literature 56

When Reading Is Tough 69

Chapter Four Taking Notes: Capturing the Content 75

Learning to Listen 78

Taking Notes from Auditory Sources 83

Owning the Text 89

Taking Notes for Test and Quiz Preparation 92

Taking Notes for Reading Journals 95

Taking Notes for Research 99

Annotating 105

Chapter Five Creating Wonderful Outlines 111

The Difference Between Notes and Outlines 113

Outlines that Organize 115

Preparing Outlines from Textbook Readings 118

Creating Outlines from Notes 122

Preparing an Outline for a General Writing Task 128

Chapter Six How to Study for Tests and Quizzes (and How to Ace Them) 135

Every Night: The Best Approach to Studying 138

Memorization and Conceptual Learning 144

Preparing for an Essay Exam 151

A Team Effort: Studying with Friends 152

If You Just Don't Get It... 154

Taking the Test 156

Using Test Results for Self-Improvement 158

Chapter Seven Becoming a Better Writer 163

The Right Words 166

Sentence Sense178

Paragraphs 186

Chapter Eight Putting It All Together: The Research Paper 201

Selecting a Topic 204

Making a Schedule 207

Finding the Best Sources 210

Creating an Outline 216

The Works Cited Page 220

Acknowledgments 229

Index 231

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