on July 30, 2001
If you are a parent that wants your children to learn or a student who wants to learn, this is the book for you. Prof. Dembo clearly explains how to become a self motivated learner. He explains how people learn, how to motivate yourself, how to set goals, how to manage your time, how to study and how to take tests. As a high school teacher I have spent years searching for a method that teaches students how to be a successful learner. Then when I heard Prof. Dembo speak, it became so clear. I have been encouraging all my students to buy the book since I finished reading it. If you have a learning problem, ADD or just feel like you study too much, this is the book for you. Don't let anyone cheat you out of an education, take charge of your education, buy Prof. Dembo's book.
on September 24, 2000
Present day college students are often overwhelmed with information that they are expected to remember on their own. Many college students seem to "survive" college, and barely make it to graduation, if at all. This book teaches students preparing for college, effective learning skills that when practiced, will assure them academic success. While this book was primarily written as a "text" book for first year students, it is definately a book that should be in every college students'library. In fact, it may also be a good book for instructors to teach their students good study and note taking habits, as well as preparation for exams that increases memory retention, and decreases test anxiety. In a framework organized by six components related to academic success-- motivation, methods of learning, time management, control of the physical and social environment, and performance, this book covers all aspects of what to expect in the college environment, as well as providing practical strategies that will enhance a student's success in the classroom. A major strength is the follow-up activities and self reflections at the end of each chapter which helps students discover their own strnegths and weaknesses, and to tailor a successful learning program that is appropriate to that individuals' personality. This is not your typical "cookie-cutter" text book that gives the same recipe for success to everyone, but in fact gives ample examples of real experiences from past students of every type, which allow for students to relate to one or two students, and examine what worked for them in a stressful collegiate environment. While most students come from highschool backgrounds that dictate their every move, this book helps students to prepare for the transition to college life, depicting the realistic 'student responsibility' emphasis, and less instructor guidance emphasis. The college environment provides a student with more freedom to do what he/ she wants to do, or doesn't want to do, without constant supervision. This is a very difficult world to live in for first year students who are used to constant adult supervision of homework, and study time. Myron H. Dembo gives students the tools they need to be successful in such a 'self-management' oriented environment, and helps them to discover and implement practical strategies to achieve their goals. If only I had this book when I first started college. I may not have been one of the statistics of graduates who barely made it to graduation day, as opposed to feeling proud of the education I achieved successfully.