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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Lighthouse Publishers; 1st edition (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977428001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977428007
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Susan Kruger is an absolute genius! She's made getting organized simple, which is the only way kids will stick with it, and she's made it fun, which is a minor miracle. She's tremendously innovative, creative, and wise. I can't wait for the world to discover this amazing woman and all she has to offer!" -- Ned Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D. Leading ADHD expert and best-selling author of Driven to Distraction

"This program is a great value for any demographic... I have received numerous comments and seen the positive impact SOAR® has had on are students. Parents alike say the simplicity, speed, and efficiency that the SOAR® system brings, is as vital as learning addition for math class." -- Gary Thompson, Director of Toledo Technology Academy in Ohio, ranked 2nd Best High School in the Midwest

"To say our team is thrilled about the results we are seeing in the work ethic and academic progress of our students would be an incredible understatement." -- Robyn Ellis M.S.Ed, Principal of Maeser Prep Academy

"I got this for my 10 year old son. It takes you through prioritizing, setting personal and academic goals, organizing your school gear and your study space, study skills, including how to maximize textbook reading, paper writing, interacting with teachers, taking notes, and taking tests, and tracking progress. I think it's worth its weight in gold." -- Sharmian L. White, Parent

"This (book) is very easy to understand. It is laid out neatly and the strategies have helped me a lot! Thank you for everything!" -- Adrienne G., College Freshman

"I was getting C's and D's. Now I am getting A's and B's! I learned how to be organized and how to study...it has made such a difference!" -- Katie H., 11th grade High School

"Thank you so much for this wonderful resource! I am teaching a new study skills class this year. The information you provide is invaluable. These materials are lifesavers...literally." -- Deb P., Middle School Teacher

From the Author

Stop struggling and start learning.
                       
"This is a book that needs to be given to every student of any age and it needs to be a tool that every teacher uses in the classroom. I found the book to be fun and easy to read and I learned organizational skills that I can use in my office today." -- Bonnie Jo Davis, Author of children's books series "Mrs. Morgan Rescues..."
                   
"Why didn't someone tell me about this before?" -- Stephen G., 8th Grade
           
"My eleven year old daughter has Aspergers and struggles with organization skills. She is very intelligent, but she was getting points off for turning in papers late because she wasn't organized. After her diagnosis the school now has a 504 plan for her and using the binder system in this book is part of that plan. Besides the binder system there is also lots of great tips for organizing your time. It discusses different intelligences which may help you to understand your children and/or yourself better. I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and easy to understand. They also have a great website with a free study kit you can download." -- Heather B-M, Mom of 5
                   
"This book will influence people to become more focused on their objectives in school or any other situation." -- Christopher M., College Senior
                  
"I have investigated many programs and yours is the best!"-- Stephen D., Tutor
              
"Your program helped me change into an A average student in High School after struggling with C's and D's. I'm looking forward to using it in College. I have also shared the knowledge that you passed on to my ten siblings and many friends. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and if you need any help please let me know. Thanks again."  -- Chelsea S., 12th
           
"Susan ~ This is very exciting....the SOAR® Binder System and handbook are the cornerstone for my study skills class for all 6th graders at St. John's. We have had great success!" -- Valerie B., Learning Specialist
             
"I can't believe how much easier it is for me to keep my papers organized. Since I started using the Binder, I have not lost one assignment! My parents are so excited and I feel so much better about school. -Thank you!" -- Michael Z., 9th Grade
             
"I wanted to let you know that our parents are still saying great things about SOAR®. Many of the comments center on how practical everything is...Several parents are doing the weekly meeting and they love it!" -- Dave S., Assistant Principal
          
"This will make my school year run a lot smoother- thanks for all the wonderful ideas." - Michelle P., 4th Grade Teacher
         
"I loved the binder. What a simple but effective idea!" - Jennifer G., 5th Grade Teacher
                
The Three Principles of SOAR Learning Inc.
  1. Strategies must be time-efficient. 
  2. Strategies must be effective. 
  3. Strategies must apply across all content areas.
As a student, I always struggled to earn decent grades in elementary and high school. It took me hours to do homework, I did awful on tests, and I generally felt just plain "stupid." In college, however, I learned strategies that made studying so much easier and faster. All of a sudden, I was earning nearly all "A's" in college...and it was much easier than the mediocre grades I earned before! Since that point, I have made it my mission to help other students learn how to do homework more quickly, study more efficiently, and discover their lost confidence in school.
   
The SOAR Study Skills book is not just a roll of the dice! It is an accredited research based curriculum, with multiple case studies.
                                   
Case Studies:
  1. Gary Thompson is the Director of Toledo Technology Academy in Ohio, ranked the 2nd Best High School in the Midwest. His building has been implementing SOAR® Study Skills for 5 years.
  2. Beth Brandes is a counselor at Theodore Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana. Theodore Guerin implements SOAR® Study Skills with the whole freshman class.
  3. Tobi Flair is the principal at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, Louisiana. Her building has built a 20-minute session of "SOAR® time" into their daily schedule.
  4. Lauri Oliver is a teacher at Winona Senior High School in Winona, Minnesota. Her building chose SOAR® as their study skills curriculum due to our extensive research basis.
For more information on SOAR Learning Inc.'s case studies. Please visit, StudySkills.com 
      
MULTI-MEDIA TEACHER'S GUIDE
         
Bring SOAR into the classroom! As the name suggests, our Multi-Media Teacher's Guide (MMTG) is filled with tools to engage students in study skills. The MMTG includes:
  • Done-for-you lesson plans. The ready-made lesson plans can be the basis of a study skills class, or embedded across the curriculum.
  • Multiple Assessments give you plenty of options for monitoring progress.
  • 180 done-for-you slides with interactive visuals for demonstration and instruction.
  • Clean, bright, colorful presentations to capture students' interest and reach your visual learners.
  • A lot of support! If you are unsure of how to teach study skills, we've incorporated background information and teaching tips for each step of the way.
For more details, visit:
soarSS.com/soarcurriculum

More About the Author

America's #1 Learning Expert

Susan Kruger, M.Ed. is a certified learning specialist and former struggling student. Growing up with learning disabilities, Susan was shocked when she simplified a few study skills in college--and graduated with a 3.9 GPA! Since that time, she's taught thousands of students how to achieve the same sense of accomplishment and confidence with study skills.

Susan is the author of the international best-selling study skills book, SOAR® Study Skills, Education Expert for ADDitude Magazine, Premier Instructor for The Learning Annex, and developer of the break-through model, The ADHD Circuit™. Microsoft Partners in Learning University has called her a "Global Innovator in Education." Susan is also a recipient of the 2013 International Innovative Programs Award, for C.H.A.D.D. Her curriculum materials are used by over 2,000 schools nation-wide and are in 16 countries. She's married to a fellow educator and mom to two dynamic children with ADHD and dyslexia.

Susan invites you to join her at www.StudySkills.com

Other books written by Susan:

SOAR Study Skills (Grand Lighthouse Publishing, September 20, 2007)

Homework Help for Parents (Grand Lighthouse Publishing, March 18, 2013)

Homework Rx Toolkit (Grand Lighthouse Publishing, March 18, 2013)

Cue to Reading (Grand Lighthouse Publishing, July 8, 2013)

Women on Fire Volume 2 (Chapter) (Women on Fire Media, January 7, 2014)

Customer Reviews

We've only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.
S. White
It's nice that she can read the same stuff in the book that I tell her so it doesn't look like it's just me nagging her.
jlp
This book is a great tool for teachers or parents to help all students/children organize their study habits.
claire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By S. White on March 13, 2010
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I got this because my 10 year old son had a couple of grades drop this quarter, and in talking to him, it was not because he found the topics difficult, but rather because he was not studying adequately, and was not studying adequately in part because these two courses are heavily reliant on handouts rather than textbooks, and he was losing all of his handouts! He's in a gifted program in which the materials are often handouts to supplement, so this problem was only going to increase. I bought this as well as two other books (I tend to over-research/bombard problems; the lawyer in me). While it's early yet, I probably could have done with just this book. I think it's worth its weight in gold.

The book basically presents a system for organizing and doing better. SOAR stands for Set goals, Organize, Ask questions, and Record your progress. It takes you and the child through prioritizing, setting personal and academic goals, organizing your school gear and your study space, study skills, including how to maximize textbook reading, paper writing, interacting with teachers, taking notes, and taking tests, and tracking progress. And while it might sound daunting, it's done so that it's fun and motivating, shockingly.

My son was kind of the classic, work on homework for 2 hours then forget to turn it in the next day, or cram everything into the bookbag and it gets lost and crumpled in the bottom kid. The binder system prescribed in this book nips that in the bud. His classroom has a general system that uses a bunch of folders for different things (the teacher doesn't take the folders up or anything, so we didn't have to buck the system to opt otherwise). This doesn't really work well for my son, as he will forget to bring home one folder or another.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Heather B-M on July 28, 2008
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My eleven year old daughter has Aspergers and struggles with organization skills. She is very intelligent (she usually makes honor roll and was double promoted), but she was getting points off for turning in papers late because she wasn't organized. After her diagnosis the school now has a 504 plan for her and using the binder system in this book is part of that plan. My oldest daughter (who does not have Asperger's) already uses the binder system with great success. Now my youngest daughter who is one of those born organized people also wants to use it. Besides the binder system there is also lots of great tips for organizing your time. It discusses different intelligences which may help you to understand your children and/or yourself better. I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and easy to understand. They also have a great website with a free study kit you can download.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gman91 on July 29, 2008
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Although my son is an excellent student, he always had a problem with getting organized and keeping on top of things. I had him read the book and follow Susan's instructions. Over the last year, he never misses an assignment and no more late night catching up on things he forgot to do. I highly recommend this book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Jo Davis VINE VOICE on August 7, 2008
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Susan Krugar is a Certified Teacher with a Master's Degree and is a Reading/Learning Specialist. She developed her own, unique study skills system that includes live and web based classes, educator training, this book and a CD set based on the acronym:

(S)oar
(O)rganize
(A)sk Questions
(R)ecord Your Progress

The S.O.A.R.® Study Skills soft cover book is beautifully designed, easy to use and filled with illustrations and photographs. There are separate introductions for parents, students, educators and students with ADD/ADHD. Family involvement is very much part of the S.O.A.R.® Study Skills program and the author invites parents to read the book with their children.

Readers will learn about task-management, organizing at home & school, prioritizing, goal-setting, note-taking strategies, paper organization, test-taking strategies, homework/project planning, communication & effective skills, reading skills and writing strategies.

The goal of the book is to help students of all ages get better grades in less time. The amount of homework assigned to students is overwhelming but this book can help reduce the time and frustration involved. Unlike other study skills systems I have researched the techniques in this book are meant to be simple and easily implemented.

I was impressed with the quizzes, charts and forms to record goals and accomplishments. These features make the book truly interactive and involve the reader in not only learning but exploring their own learning styles while developing a set of goals for eliminating homework hassles and improving grades.

There is much focus in this book on helping students both at home and at school and I really enjoyed the chapter on interacting with teachers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Keegan on August 17, 2008
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Soar Study Skills is an excellent resource for students, parents and teachers. It is kid friendly and very practical with clear narrative explanations and relevant worksheets. I highly recommend this book to students of all ages.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Volz on October 12, 2012
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I am no longer overwhelmed by my son's disorganization. I met the author at the Leelanau Hallowell ADHD Enrichment Camp. She's a smart, lovely person, but study skills weren't a priority at the time. Three months later my 5th grader was struggling in school, and I got out her book.

In the course of one weekend, we had him set up on the author's binder system and immediately stopped losing papers. My 11-year-old son came to me and thanked me for the binder system. Voluntarily. Unprompted. The 11-year-old boy is 100% sold on the system. The teachers commented on how much they liked the binder system, too.

Then I realized the boy did not understand how to gather and structure information in his textbooks. I went to the section on those skills and was thrilled with what I found. Then he got an assignment to write a paper, and I thought, "I DEFINITELY want to know what Susan's advice is going to be on that." And I was blown away by her approach.

I'm a crazy-busy parent like you, and I wasn't interested in taking on another full-time job to organize my son or plowing through 150 pages before I got results. I didn't have to. It has made my son's life easier (and mine) and given him tools -- in as-needed increments -- to get the results he's capable of. Buy these books two at a time, because you're going to want to share but you're not going to be willing to let go of your copy.
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