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Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher
Expert Advice for Effective Study Skills

June 2007 | 240 pages | Corwin
Cleverly written in a 'Dear Abby' format, this guide is ideal for secondary teachers, parents, and the secondary students struggling to keep their grades up as courses become more difficult, move at a faster pace, and cover more material than ever before.Addressing common defense mechanisms and rationalizations students use to avoid studying, the first section of the book shows teachers how to introduce and promote effective studying techniques in their classrooms. Sections two through five offer specific study strategies for note-taking, doing homework, preparing for tests (including brain-based strategies for improving chances for success with various test formats), and preparing for standardized assessments.
About the Author
Part I - Overcoming Obstacles and Negative Attitudes
1. Stinkin?, Thinkin?, and Other Roadblocks
2. My Homework Is Boring
3. Who Has the Time for Homework?
4. Just Add Water - Skill Development Takes Time
5. I?m too Tired to Study
6. Get a Coach - Your Very Own Personal Trainer for Studying
Part II - Notebooks and Note-Taking Skills
7. Bring the Correct Notebook to Class
8. The How-Many-Notebooks-Do-I-Need Dilemma
9. Note-Taking Formats
10. Note-Taking Shortcuts
11. Taping a Class
Part III - Homework Skills
12. Recording Assignments
13. Misplaced Homework
14. Why Even Do Homework?
15. Location, Location, Location - What is a Good Study Environment?
16. Sit on the Floor or at my Desk? ? Setting up an Effective Study Environment
17. Background Music and Homework
18. Wandering Focus
19. Pressure vs. Stress
20. Homework Schedules
21. Ready, Set....Don?t Start - Procrastination
22. Giving too Much Help to Friends
23. Too Much Parental Help
24. Brief Nightly Review of Notes
25. How to Read Informational Texts
26. Reading Rates
27. Take Notes While Reading?
Part IV - Test Preparation and Test-taking Skills
28. Studying for Easy and Hard Subjects
29. Overcoming Spelling Problems
30. Is it Possible to Study too Long for a Test?
31. Mnemonics
32. Overwhelmed and Stuck
33. Finding Clues About Test Content
34. Study Cards
35. Long-Term Memory Formation; Rehearsal and Recitation
36. Memorizing Long Lists
37. Forgetting and Cramming
38. Directives
39. Food for the Brain
40. Preparing for Free Response Questions
41. Preparing for True/False Tests
42. Preparing for Multiple Choice Questions
43. Preparing for Open Book Tests
44. Problems Finishing the Tests
45. Proofreading
46. Study Groups
47. Remembering Locations - Episodic Memory
48. Should You Keep Your Eyes on Your Paper?
49. Analyzing Returning Tests
Part V - Exams
50. Preparing for and Taking Exams and High-Stake Tests

"Using a refreshing student-centered format, Peltz offers a treasure trove of research-based strategies as he builds a partnership with students to challenge, inform and encourage them. His wisdom and caring leap off the page! He knows the techniques and understands the learners. This comprehensive text will be valuable to teachers and families interested in building study skills. With Peltz’s knowledge, guidance and hope, the often troublesome area of organization can be managed!"

Lucy C. Martin, Learning Specialist
McDonogh School, Owingo Mills, MD

"A welcome new addition to the 'how-to-study' field. The question-and-answer approach is entertaining for students seeking help to improve their study skills, and the thoughtful recommendations obviously originate from an experienced professional."

David H. Griswold, Author, How to Study

"All the issues and questions you have about work habits and study skills are here, along with student-friendly suggestions and ideas! This banquet of strategies can be digested one at a time to satisfy a specific need or they can be part of a full meal of self-improvement."

K. Michael Hibbard, Assistant Superintendent
Ridgefield Public Schools, CT

"A top pick for both middle/high school and college-level reference libraries catering to students who want to learn how to study more effectively."

The Bookwatch, June 2007

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