Synopses & Reviews
Reap the rewards of a higher GPA without sacrificing your sanity or your social life!
If “I studied all night and I still didn’t ace the test” is your mantra, this witty study guide will help you pinpoint your personal learning style, prevent study mishaps, and work to your strengths. Using the best research on memory and the brain, Study Smart, Study Less offers easy techniques to help you:
• absorb info quickly
• remember it accurately
• create a successful study space
• put together a productive study group
• use interactive games to master tough material
• identify pitfalls—and avoid falling into them
• and stop overstudying (no—this isn’t a typo)
By learning how to learn, you’ll not only feel smarter, you’ll be smarter.
A compact, go-to guide that shows high school students how to study less and retain more, written by an accomplished young educator who speaks their language.
Study Smart, Study Less helps teens identify their study personality type, and then shows them how to work with their type instead of against it by pinpointing unproductive behavior, creating an optimal learning environment, and learning how to enhance memory—to make studying fast, fun, and painless. Crossman also encourages teens to avoid overstudying, take regular breaks to recharge, and reward themselves after hard work. Packed with creative techniques, Study Smart, Study Less empowers students to reap the rewards of a higher GPA without sacrificing their sanity or social life.
About the Author
Anne Crossman attended Stanford and Duke Universities, earning a BA and a Certificate of Education, before launching a career as a high school English teacher, private tutor, and college instructor to students ranging from academic underdogs to honor society prodigies. These experiences, coupled with her desire to see her students aim for and achieve their best, were the inspiration for this book. Visit www.studysmartstudyless.com.
Table of Contents
Preface: Study Is Not a Four-Letter Word vi
Chapter 1 Maniacs, Brainiacs, Geeks, and Slackers 1
Identifying your study persona
Chapter 2 Unlocking Your Inner Brainiac 8
Identifying and maximizing your learning strengths
Chapter 3 Rescuing the Book-Laden, Burned-Out, and Bewildered Student 22
Small changes to your work style that lead to big results
Chapter 4 How to Shrink-Wrap Your Brain 36
Study tricks your friends will beg you to tell them
Chapter 5 Frequently Masked Questions 58
Most common ways students fail, and how to succeed
Chapter 6 Caution: Potential Land Mine Ahead 89
Overcoming (versus overlooking) learning disabilities
Closing: What, Done Already? 105
Appendix A Study Tricks 106
Appendix B Note-Taking Models 107
Appendix C Time Maps 112
Appendix D Sample Study Group Schedule 113
Appendix E Learning Disability Resources 114
About the Author 122