The teachers who wrote this question-and-answer guide to better high-school performance have those proverbial eyes in the backs of their heads. They know what's going on. In tune with kids' patter and the short attention span that might be part of their readers' impatience with school, the authors wisely hold their audience with a series of invaluable 30-second pitches. They offer step-by-step processes toward better study and homework habits; secrets of effective reading, report writing and test-taking, priority-setting, and routes toward solving life's problems. Some suggestions: on teacher-made multiple-choice tests, choices [b] and [c] predominate; protect yourself by recording your own cuts and detentions; turn lined math papers sideways to keep numbers in columns. Instead of dropping out, they favor planned ""stepping out"" (not burning bridges, getting career training) for specific circumstances. A wonderful distillation of techniques successful students somehow discover on their own. Highly recommended.