Straight-A Study Skills: More Than 200 Essential Strategies to Ace Your Exams, Boost Your Grades, and Achieve Lasting Academic Success

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Strategies that will transform your grades!

Straight-A Study Skills proves that you don't have to spend countless hours studying to get good grades. Using her experience as an educational consultant and a teacher, authors Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick and Justin Ross Muchnick have created an easy-to-use approach to learning important study skills and achieving academic success. Through more than 200 entry-based strategies, you will learn all there ...

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Overview


Strategies that will transform your grades!

Straight-A Study Skills proves that you don't have to spend countless hours studying to get good grades. Using her experience as an educational consultant and a teacher, authors Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick and Justin Ross Muchnick have created an easy-to-use approach to learning important study skills and achieving academic success. Through more than 200 entry-based strategies, you will learn all there is to know about strengthening your academic performance, including how to:

  • Get the most out of class time.
  • Find a note-taking system that works for you.
  • Improve your writing skills and create compelling essays.
  • Develop effective study habits.
  • Choose the right classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Prepare for standardized tests, quizzes, and final exams.
This guide is broken down into quick and easy concepts, tactics, and tips that highlight essential information and allow you to quickly find the topics you need to focus on. With Straight-A Study Skills, you're guaranteed to sharpen your study skills, boost your grades, and position yourself for success!
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"I found, while reading through the book, many ideas that I am planning to implement at home, in order to help make my children more efficient students, and more engaged learners. I definitely recommend reading this together with your children, to discover ways you can help them take charge of their own education. Here's to hoping these ideas can be mastered in time for mine to ace his exams!" --Newport Beach Independent

"Justin and [Cynthia] offer tips, proven methods and strategies.... There are other topics in the book, ranging from where to sit in class to answering why extra credit is so important in academics." - Daily Pilot

"Taking even some of this advice to heart, and acting on it, will help any student get more out of school." - Newport Beach Patch

"In more than 200 concise, readable entries, this mother-son team shares valuable tips and strategies to help students learn life-changing study skills and achieve academic success. From properly fueling your body to finding a mentor to excelling outside of the classroom, the Muchnick team returns again and again to its primary message: the importance of being an active, not passive, student." - Andover magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440552465
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 247,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, MA, is an educational consultant and the author of The Everything Guide to Study Skills. She has worked as an assistant director of admission for both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago and has taught SAT prep for Princeton Review.

Justin Muchnick attends Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and has been practicing straight-A study skills his entire life. He is currently the youngest journalist for The Bootleg (http://stanford.scout.com), Stanford University's sports news website, where he publishes articles about college football.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Purpose of School and How to Master It 9

Chapter 1 Live Life in the Classroom 11

Chapter 2 Choose Courses Carefully 37

Chapter 3 Build Teacher Relationships 47

Chapter 4 Manage Time Efficiently 63

Chapter 5 Take Good Notes 77

Chapter 6 Write Strong Research Papers 89

Chapter 7 Write Compelling Essays 119

Chapter 8 Study Effectively 141

Chapter 9 Ace Tests, Quizzes, and Final Exams 177

Chapter 10 Excel Beyond the Classroom 199

Appendix A Taking a Standardized Test 223

Appendix B Resources 229

Appendix C Study Calendar 237

Index 247

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    Want to cry... thank you!!!  In today's faced-paced, cut-throat,

    Want to cry... thank you!!!  In today's faced-paced, cut-throat, competitive society (or maybe that's just my hometown...), I have been
    wondering how in the world I was going to raise happy, confident kids who had a future!  Cynthia and Justin Muchnick have figured it
    all out for me, and have complied it into a very easy-to-read, "hits the nail on the head"- type style, and for this I am truly grateful.  
    Their tricks of the trade are so right on and practical; their voice is incredibly encouraging and down-to-earth; and their advice is
    BRILLIANT!  This book is surely a "MUST HAVE" for all families, a "go-to," "easy-to-read," manual- an accessible, do-able path to
    academic success... to academic confidence... to life happiness.  Sounds bold, I know, but it really is true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Written in a chatty and accessible style, and formatted on clear

    Written in a chatty and accessible style, and formatted on clear, simple, easy-to-read pages, this book won't put off junior high through college readers, but don't let that format belie the fact that there is important and fundamental information contained in it. The advice and information are things that took me years to figure out as a student and things which, as a college teacher, I wish my students had learned. This is a book which can easily be read through from start to finish, yet the wise student will put on a shelf and returning to as needed (when writing a research paper, studying for an exam, choosing college classes, etc). What a fabulous resource and how nice that it is truly written for the intended audience!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

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    Thank you Straight A Study Skills!  This book helped us streamli

    Thank you Straight A Study Skills!  This book helped us streamline homework time in a way that allowed my three children to get to bed at a reasonable hour.  The tips found within were incredibly helpful in creating systems and patterns that altered our routine and provided clarity and focus to study time.  My 15 year old son has a difficult time listening to his parents, as he knows everything already.  Thankfully, the perspective of one of his peers, Justin Muchnick, was far more legitimate in my son's mind than that of his mother.  The tips found in this book are easy to reference and we can turn to specific queries in an instant. Our busy family has referenced this simple to read guide book on numerous occasions!  I hope the habits this book suggests say with my children for years to come!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    As a mother of two elementary school children, it is imperative

    As a mother of two elementary school children, it is imperative to develop strong study skills sooner rather than later. As their schedules become buisier over the next several years, chapters like Manage Time Efficiently and Take Good Notes, will be incredibly useful. Thank you for your real world insights and for compiling so many useful study tips that will serve my children well now and in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    The fact that I walked in the room and found my time-management-

    The fact that I walked in the room and found my time-management-challenged and unorganized (yet smart!) teenager reading this book that I brought home and left on the ottoman in our family room, is all I need to say. Be still my heart! He was not just skimming it but deeply engrossed. It is not enough for a a parent to like a book about being a better student. STUDENTS have to be interested and motivated by the book. A huge reason "Straight A Study Skills" is different than other books that contain "secrets" to becoming a great student is because a straight A teen co-wrote the book. He is living and breathing the demands of being a student, athlete, and volunteer in the community, not a stodgy researcher that kids can't relate to. Rather than graphs and statistics, this book is filled with practical stuff they can begin applying to their lives IMMEDIATELY. Open the book to any page and I guarantee there is a bit of wisdom or a great reminder your child can start using today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Read this book if you want to set yourself up for success in sch

    Read this book if you want to set yourself up for success in school, college, and life.  The very best students develop the right study skills early.  I see this on a regular basis in hiring the top 2% of the graduating college seniors into the real world.  This book is packed with immediate and practical steps for students of all ages to get on the fast track to college.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    This book puts to words AND application what many of us pay thou

    This book puts to words AND application what many of us pay thousands of dollars to try and do: HELP OUR KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL Justin Muchnick not only provides authenticity to this "program" by being a successful student himself, but he brings to the table a voice that is often unheard: OUR KIDS. Brilliant mother-son duo. Slam dunk for anyone with kids in school. .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    This book was so helpful for surviving high school. I honestly o

    This book was so helpful for surviving high school. I honestly owe the fact that I am going to college to the Muchnicks. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Great advice and easy to read for tweens and teens. Helpful tip

    Great advice and easy to read for tweens and teens. Helpful tips and strategies and my kids actually read it...a few times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Can i use (read)

    Can i use it during the test or exam

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