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Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College
 
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Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College [Format Kindle]

Stefanie Weisman

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Straight talk and tips from top students to help make academic excellence a lifestyle.

Getting a passing grade is one thing—cramming to memorize facts, knowing what's on the test, finishing a paper just before the deadline—but being a top student is something else entirely. So what makes the difference between a good student and a top student?

Being a top student is a lifestyle, not just an A on your transcript. The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College offers advice from lifelong top student, Stefanie Weisman, to help you learn the keys to studying smart, staying motivated, and making academic excellence a part of your life.

Tips from 45 Top Students
Learn strategies on making the grade with first-hand advice from valedictorians, Rhodes scholars, Fulbright scholars, Intel Science Fair finalists, a National Spelling bee champion, and more!

Lifestyle Tips and Techniques
Discover tips and mantras that will keep you on the road to academic success.

Helpful Exercises
Practice makes perfect. Put what you've learned to the test with easy exercises on taking notes, staying motivated, and more.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended 8 juin 2013
Par Richard B. Schwartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Many how-to books are little more than freshly-organized common sense, with bullet points and graphics. That is not the case with this book. While it does have useful graphics and while it is commonsensical, the book utilizes a considerable amount of research. It is written with a light touch and the research does not intrude, but it is there.

One simple example: the book argues against study groups. Study groups are defended by many, particularly in business schools. Study groups (we are told) mirror the real world, where we will be working with other people, possessing different expertise, etc. etc. In the real world, however, there are sticks and carrots. Those who do more than their share can be given bonuses; freeriders can be fired. For an example of `study groups' in the unreal world, think of the `group' competitions on American Idol--a generally hellish experience for the serious competitor, one often resulting in a great deal of useless `drama'. In arguing against the use of study groups Stefanie Weisman is flying in the face of a great deal of contemporary educational ideology. On her side, however, is the research of Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, whose recent (celebrated) book on educational attainment demonstrates that a great number of students in college are not acquiring the skills that their college websites tout. (Among other Arum/Roksa `detrimentals'--joining fraternities and matriculating in business schools.)

Our brains are bodily organs and while we go to college to learn, our physical needs contribute significantly to that process. Thus, the author talks about physical strategies (including diet) that contribute to learning. (Example: good students don't pull all-nighters.) Should we caffeinate or not? To what degree? The advice here is very sensible.

While the book is written in an accessible, straightforward, often humorous voice, it is complemented by statements from a multiplicity of successful students. These sprinkled quotes help enliven the text and offer different perspectives (though there tends to be a great deal of overlap in successful students' strategies).

The book is gutsy. It argues principally for determination and hard work (rather than, e.g., a student's positive self-concept, the summum bonum of colleges of education). It notes, e.g., that digital books are simply not set up for advanced reading techniques. You do much better in working with hard copies. While it seems to be a friendly and convivial book, it is actually taking stands on controversial issues and, in my judgment, those stands are correct.

There is a neat section on nagging, silly errors: its/it's, their/they're/there, etc., errors which drive graders crazy. The author also has a superb command of web resources. (So you need to memorize and you know that mnemonics can help . . . here are some websites that help you to generate mnemonics . . . .)

Bottom line: this is a book on study methods, note taking, paper writing, test taking, reading, time management and academic scheduling (among other things) whose advice is spot-on. It is written by someone who has been there and done that and it is supported by a good bit of contemporary research.

Two observations: while the book has a great deal to say about study groups it has less to say about living arrangements. Students learn from other students. Some have put that percentage of the college learning experience at a number as high as 40%. Students should seek out other students who are equally serious and who have common or related interests. Living with them, dining with them, socializing with them, discussing material with them (not studying in groups or holding up each other's flash cards) can contribute significantly to learning. Serious students can introduce one another to new forms of music, film or the plastic arts; they can share travel experiences, recommend books, and so on. This aspect of college learning represents a serious, comparative advantage for the small liberal arts college (while the majority of students today attend regional public institutions).

A related point concerns work. A vast number of college students today hold jobs, some of which occupy large periods of time. While work experience can prove to be useful in a number of ways, work that is not co-curricular takes up time and saps energy. We all recognize the necessity for work for many students, but there is no getting away from the fact that work can materially reduce the number of learning experiences that a student can have in his or her 4-6 years of college. Balancing work, study and (very important) student indebtedness is a compelling issue, one probably requiring a short book by itself and certainly a great deal of thought.

While The Secrets of Top Students cannot cover every conceivable aspect of the learning experience, it covers a great deal and it does so with skill and, in my judgment, with reliability.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you want to be a top student, this is the book for you! 8 juin 2013
Par Stew Mulligan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The Secrets of Top Students, by Stefanie Weisman, is a great book!

As a Stuyvesant High School alumnus, I know what it means to be that school's valedictorian. Stuyvesant is not just any high school. It is a school that if you become a doctor you are considered an underachiever. They expect you to at least become head of a department in a major hospital or medical school. Stuyvesant graduate David Axelrod, is ONLY an advisor to the President; Stuyvesantian Eric Holder, is US Attorney General: not bad, but not a Supreme Court Justice. It's where if you get 800 on your math SAT nobody lifts an eye. But in all seriousness, this is a school of really, really smart kids and, as such, I am awed by Stefanie's academic accomplishments -- not only the Stuyvesant valedictorian but she also graduated with the highest GPA from Columbia College. That's like being the baseball Rookie of the Year and then following up by winning the MVP and Triple Crown. Stefanie knows how to hit academia's fast ball, curve and knuckleball, and all for homeruns.

As a rule, if you want to learn something well, it is a good idea to learn from the best, and Stefanie Weisman's Secrets of Top Students is now THE SOURCE on how to maneuver through the obstacle course of higher education. I guarantee that this book will not disappoint.

If school, in general, and tests, term papers and the like, in particular, give you anxiety attacks, then this book is definitely the relaxant. By all rights, Stefanie should never have become valedictorian. In fact, she probably should have been mediocre at best, since she has a certain learning disability. But by putting excuses aside, she learned how to use her strengths to overcome her weaknesses, by developing a relatively simple system of studying. In Secrets of Top Students she conveys her system, no longer secrets, in a clear and concise manner. And, I might add, with a particularly droll and somewhat self-effacing sense of humor. In other words, she explains how to walk the walk, how to traverse through the killing fields of the classrooms with the least possible pain and suffering. She explains how to avoid being an academic casualty or also-ran and to get through it all, knowing you did the best you can, while actualizing your potential.

This is not a textbook. But it tells how to penetrate the textbooks. This is not
a lecture, but it tells how to absorb and retain what the lecturer is "trying" to expound. Being smart is not enough. You have to know how to learn. This book shows how to do it in an efficient and intelligent manner. Stefanie's prose is concise and easy to follow and the book develops in a logical manner. (It ends with a chapter on "How to Take a Test", by the way, since test taking is where the rubber meets the road.) The use of well placed bullet points and bold font help to highlight the most important concepts. At the same time, the book makes clear that there are individual differences, and that students have to make adjustments in their own studying methods that work best for them. Nevertheless, these basic concepts are still applicable, to different degrees and with different emphasis, to all types of learners.

Nor does the book sugar-coat the reality. It tells it like it is, which is to say that the most important thing in becoming a good, or a great student, is commitment and a willingness to work hard, damn hard. There is no easy way. There is only a EASIER WAY, a SMARTER WAY. This book is the roadmap.

I guess my only complaint, after reading this book, is that it was published 40 odd years too late. If only there had been a Stefanie Weisman to write such a book for us baby boomers, to help us get through the morass known as education, like a machete in a rain forest, who knows what grades I would have gotten. But today, 2013, if you are a young person wanting to maximize your potential in school, or if you are a parent of a student and would like to see your child rise to the top, take my advice and go out and purchase this book ASAP.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended for All Students Who Want to Get Ahead 27 août 2013
Par Alain B. Burrese - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
"The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College" by Stefanie Weisman is chock full of strategies to do just what she claims in the title, Ace High School and College. This is an outstanding book for any student who wants to do better in school. Following Weisman's advice won't only help you get better grades, but you'll learn a lot more too.

I did very well in high school and college, but not as good as Weisman. Her accomplishments are very impressive, and besides her own first hand knowledge, she included tips and strategies from many others who also excelled throughout their schooling. (Valedictorians like Weisman, Rhodes scholars, Fulbright scholars, Intel Science Fair finalists, National Spelling Bee champions and others like these.) I read the book because I speak to and work with students, and I also wanted to see how it would be for my daughter to read. It's one I definitely will have her read when she's a bit older, but since she asked why she had to wait, maybe I'll let her read it now and then again when she starts high school.

What I really like is that this book isn't just another "how to study" book. It is much more than that. While it does include advice on how to maximize your studying, it also provides information on the entire learning experience, including why you should want to be a better student in the first place.

There are chapters on motivation, time management, how taking care of your body will improve your mind and ability to study, learn, and get good grades. There is a chapter on navigating the game of academia, which is important. The actual study tips are divided into what you should do in the class room and how to take notes, learning to read for school, honing your homework skills, how to write a paper, and getting ready for and taking tests.

The book also includes a few helpful exercises to help students practice what they have learned in regards to taking notes, staying motivated, etc. And again, I like that the book talks about lifestyle tips and techniques, and not just study tips. There are a a lot of things during high school and college that will effect your grades. It's not just how you write papers and take tests. This book does an excellent job at covering a lot of areas and providing a lot of practical advice without going too far and give students another voluminous text book to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to become a top student.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel and others.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredibly Balanced 18 juin 2013
Par Joshua Davis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I've read a few books on doing well in school and most of them focus on a few topics. This book however has an excellent balance between all that areas that I've found help with doing well in school.

Although I don't have quite the credentials as the author, I have picked up a lot of things along the way as I go into my final year at college. There wasn't a single thing in this book that I disagreed with, which I thought was pretty amazing.

I felt that the most important chapters were the ones that didn't even have to do with actually being in school. The first chapter is what I'd consider the most important chapter in the whole book. I have yet to meet a student that does really well that doesn't have an intense motivation for why he/she is at college. The other chapters on taking care of yourself health wise, time management, and how to read a book are the other chapters that I felt were really well written with a lot of good information.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking to do better in high school or college. At first it might seem like it is a quick read but I've learned that trying to implement all of these ideas immediately after learning about them would be hard to do. It took me a couple years of high school and college before I felt that I was at a point where I was maximizing my experiences in school. Learning is so awesome. I really wish more people in the world loved it a fraction of what I do =D
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Useful insight for high school and college students 18 juin 2013
Par Vince Kotchian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As a full-time tutor, I've observed that there is a world of difference between students who merely do well and those who strive to be at or near the top of their class. High-achievers have a MUCH easier time getting into competitive colleges - not because they're necessarily smarter, but because their applications can't help but show their desire and drive to do noteworthy things. This book is for those high-achievers and for any motivated student who genuinely aspires to do better in school - whether it's high school or college.

Weisman, clearly speaking from successful experience, outlines numerous ways to get motivated, get organized, and to achieve. Students will find it easy to relate to her conversational, friendly advice. Even if they just flip through the book, they'll find lots of practical tips and techniques that they can put into immediate use. This is great, because no one tells students how to do this stuff. High schools certainly don't offer much in the way of study skills or organizational advice. Students either find a way that works - or they don't. This book is a nice way to save most students a lot of time.

I might like this book better if it were two books - one for high school, and one for college - but most of the advice overlaps. With that said, it's a great find and should be helpful to those who take the time to peruse it.
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