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The Author of How to Study
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Introduction to How to Study 7th Edition by Ron Fry
While I originally wrote How to Study for high school students, I’ve discovered over the years that I could probably count on only a couple of hands the number of such students who actually bought a copy of the book.
The surprise was that so many of the people buying How to Study (and writing me reams of letters along the way) were adults.
Yes, a number of them were returning to school and saw How to Study as a great refresher. And some were long out of school but had figured out that if they can learn now the study skills their teachers never taught them (or they never took the time to learn), they will do better in their careers.
All too many were parents who had the same lament: “How do I get Johnny to read (study, do better on tests, remember more, get better grades)?
If all his classes were on PlayStation, he’d be an A student!” So I want to briefly take the time to address every one of the audiences for this book and discuss some of the factors particular to each of you.
If You’re a Middle School Student
Congratulations! You’re learning how to study at precisely the right time. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grades—before that sometimescosmic leap to high school—is without a doubt the period in which all these study skills should be mastered, since doing so will make high school not just easier, but a far more positive and successful experience.
The Importance of Your Involvement
Don’t for a minute underestimate the importance of your commitment to your child’s success. Your involvement in your child’s education is absolutely essential.
The results of every study done in the last two decades clearly confirm the single factor that overwhelmingly affects a student’s success in school: your involvement—not money, great teachers, a bigger gym, or weekly dance classes.
You. So please, take the time to read this book (and all of the others in the series). Learn what your kids should be learning (and which of the other subject-specific books in the series your child needs the most).
And you can help tremendously, even if you were not a great student yourself, even if you never learned great study skills.
You can learn now with your child—not only will it help him or her in school, it will help you on the job, whatever your field.
What You Won’t Find in This Book?
I’ve seen so-called study books spend chapters on proper nutrition, how to dress, how to exercise, and a number of other topics that are not covered at all in How to Study, except for this briefest of acknowledgments:
It is an absolute given that diet, sleep, exercise, and the use of drugs (including alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) will affect your studying, perhaps significantly.
Having said that, I see little reason to waste your time detailing what should be obvious: Anything—including studying—is more difficult if you’re tired, hungry, unhealthy, drunk, stoned, and so on.
So please use common sense. Eat as healthily as you can, get whatever sleep your body requires, stay reasonably fit, and avoid alcohol and other drugs.
If your lack of success is in any way due to one of these other factors and you’re unable to deal with it alone, find a good book or a professional to help you.
Are You Ready to Learn Something?
The book you are holding in your hands is now in its seventh edition, and has been helping students and parents (and even teachers) for more than 20 years.
(The other books in my How to Study Program— “Ace” Any Test, Get Organized, Improve Your Memory, Improve Your Reading, and Improve Your Writing—are also available in new editions.)
Thank you for making these books so successful. Learning shouldn’t be painful or boring, though it is occasionally both. I don’t promise that How to Study will make everything easier. It won’t. It can’t. And it may actually require some work to achieve what you want.
But How to Study will show you the path, give you directions, and make sure you’re properly provisioned for your journey. You will not understand everything the first time you read it.
Or, perhaps, even the second or third time. You may have to learn it slowly, very slowly. But that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. It may be a subject that everyone learns slowly.
(My particular nemesis was organic chemistry.) A poorly written textbook or unmotivated teacher can make any subject a torture.
Parents often ask me, “How can I motivate my teenager?” Well, there is an answer, but it’s not something parents can do—it’s something you, the student, have to decide: Are you going to spend the school day interested and alert or bored and resentful?
It’s really that simple. Since you have to go to school anyway, why not decide that you might as well be active and learn as much as possible instead of wallowing in misery?
The difference between a C and an A or B for many students is, I firmly believe, merely a matter of wanting to do better.
When you graduate, you’ll quickly discover that all anyone cares about is what you know and what you can do. Grades won’t count anymore; neither will tests. So you can learn it all now or regret it later.
You will also inevitably decide that one or more courses couldn’t possibly be of any use later in life. “I don’t have a clue why I’m busting my hump to learn calculus (algebra, physics, chemistry, European history, fill in the blank)!” you lament.
“I will never need it.” Trust me: You have no idea what you may or may not need, use, or remember next week, let alone in a decade.
I have found in my own life that a surprising amount of “useless” information and learning has been vitally important to my career. So learn it all.
Get excited about the process of learning, and I guarantee you will not ever worry about what you need to know in the future.
Main Contents of How to Study PDF Book
- Chapter 1: How to Start Out Right.
- Chapter 2: How to Organize Your Studying.
- Chapter 4: How to Organize Your TIme.
- Chapter 3: How to Read and Remember.
- Chapter 5: How to Excel in Class.
- Chapter 6: How to Conduct Your Research.
- Chapter 7: How to Write Terrific Papers.
- Chapter 8: How to Study for Tests.
- Who Is This Book Really For?
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