Gr 5–8—It's sometimes hard for students to understand why they have homework and tests, making it difficult for them to complete these tasks. This series aims to answer the "why" as well as the "how." Bodden writes in a friendly style, offering concrete advice on note-taking in class (don't to try write down every single word the teacher says), researching, and getting started. Each book is illustrated with bright, whimsical drawings that don't directly reflect the content but that help to break up large expanses of text. Middle school students may find these books most helpful if read and discussed with a teacher or librarian in a study skills or research class.