Friday, October 22, 2010

Book review: Super Study skills

I read Super Study Skills by Laurie Rozakis a couple years ago, wrote up a review, but never posted it. Just this morning I came across the review:

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This is a well written book on how to do better on tests and in school. The target audience is from about 6th grade to 10th grade.

The book starts off with some general thoughts about studying, setting up a study area, finding good study buddies, taking notes and improving your memory.

Almost a third of the book was about how to read better. Since reading is such an important part of studying, and how to get the most out of reading isn't typically taught in school, this may be the most important section. This covers in condensed form much of the same ideas Mortimer Adler covers in "How to Read a book." "Super Study Skills" talks about different types of reading, how to be an active reader, picking a purpose for reading, how to skim, and many other good basics for teaching children how to read better.

The next section was about how to prepare for taking a test. After this there were about 20 pages on how to take a test, from things like how to choose a seat, to picking which questions to answer first, thoughts about guessing, time issues, and many, many more. It was very comprehensive. The last section was on more specific test taking techniques.

This would be a good book to get for a ten to twelve year old child. They could read it about every six months and greatly benefit. For $8 the paperback edition is a great deal.

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In case you've missed how much I like How to Read a Book, you can check out my review.

1 comment:

Max Weismann said...

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