Teach Yourself How to Learn
Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level

Foreword by Mark McDaniel
Paper: 978 1 62036 756 8 / $19.95
Published: January 2018  

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Published: January 2018  

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Published: January 2018  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
176 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
20 figures
Following up on her acclaimed Teach Students How to Learn, that describes teaching strategies to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success, Saundra McGuire here presents these “secrets” direct to students.

Her message is that “Any student can use simple, straightforward strategies to start making A’s in their courses and enjoy a lifetime of deep, effective learning.”

Beginning with explaining how expectations about learning, and the study efforts required, differ between college and secondary school, the author introduces her readers, through the concept of metacognition, to the importance and powerful consequences of understanding themselves as learners. This framework and the recommended strategies that support it are useful for anyone moving on to a more advanced stage of education, so this book also has an intended audience of students preparing to go to high school, graduate school, or professional school.

In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom’s Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests.

With engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections, this book is an ideal motivational and practical text for study skills and first year experience courses.

Table of Contents:

1) My Journey: I Was Once in Your Shoes
2) Why Don’t All Students Already Know How to Learn?
3) Metacognition: What It Is and How It Can Turbocharge Your Learning
4) The Power of Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Study Cycle
5) Metacognitive Learning Strategies at Work
6) Why Your Mindset About Intelligence Matters
7) How Your Emotions Affect Your Motivation and Learning
8) What You Do to Boost Your Motivation, Positive Emotions, and Learning
9) Time Management, Test Taking, and Stress Reduction
10) Try the Strategies and Have Fun!

Appendix A: Compilation of Strategies for Students
Appendix B: Books and Links Recommended for Students
Appendix C: Learning Strategies Inventory
Appendix D: Dramatic Individual Student Improvement
Appendix E: Selected Student Feedback
Appendix F: Study Tools

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Maybe this is a reflection on just how big of a nerd I am, but this is the book that I wish I had when I was in college, or even in high school, to understand that I could have a little bit more control over my brain, and harness [its] power in a good direction. It would be really good for a first-year student seminar, a class that focused on study skills, or a tutoring center."
- Kathryn (Katie) Linder, Research Director for Ecampus , Oregon State University
“Dr. Saundra McGuire has extended her expertise directly to students in this companion to Teach Students How to Learn. After impacting faculty and academic support professionals’ approach to helping students learn best, she now introduces and guides students to deeper understanding of concepts at different levels. By reframing their approach to studying in college using her methods, they can become better motivated, manage their study time effectively, earn higher grades, and develop successful college careers.”
- Johanna Dvorak, PhD, Director Emerita, Educational Support Services , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Educational Research Consulting, LLC