MAKE THE GRADE by Lesley Schwartz Martin


Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School
Age Range: 12 - 18
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Help is on the way for teens wanting to do better in school.

Following her Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide (2010), Martin offers help for the too-busy, overscheduled teenager. Assuming such teens are organized enough and motivated enough to seek out this kind of help, there is much here for them. Advice on setting goals, managing time, getting organized and being more efficient in the classroom will help teens be more aware of themselves as learners and, thus, be able to better take charge of their academic lives. Teens who look up long enough from the iPhones, iPads and video games will even find a section discouraging studying in bed with the television on and the iPhone within reach. Though the design is dense, a variety of charts, worksheets, case studies, sidebars and checklists offers visual relief and plenty of additional information. Though not likely a book high school students will pick up on their own, this can be a valuable guide for tutors, academic coaches and teachers of study-skills courses looking for a systematic and informative handbook.

An earnest, comprehensive and “everything-you-need” compendium. (index, author’s note) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: July 9th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-936976-38-6
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Zest Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2013


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