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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440502145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440502149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, an easy-to-read book about study and test-taking strategies! Passionate and caring educators, Alexandra Mayzler and Ana McGann, have taken knowledge gleaned over many years of working with struggling students and created a valuable road map. Each chapter communicates information clearly and provides systems, worksheets and achievable strategies so students can take charge and become organized self-advocates. This volume should be part of every student's toolkit and a necessary addition to the family library. --Susan J. Schwartz, MA Ed. Clinical Director, Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement, NYU Child Study Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Do your children need help with their school work? Have your efforts to assist them ended in fights and confusion---and no improvement in grades? Alexandra Mayzler and Ana McGann have many years of combined experience in tutoring children. Tutor in a Book will give parents a clear road map for understanding their children's learning styles and suggestions for providing them with effective support. I recommend this practical book to any parent who wants to help their child do better in school. --Michael Thompson, Ph.D. coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

A book your child will come back to time and again for in-depth understanding of class material, methods for writing papers, and techniques for test taking. This practical guide is chock full of worksheets, tips, and strategies to help students achieve academic success. Tutor in Book should be on every child's bookshelf. --Donna Goldberg, author of The Organized Student

Written in a relaxed and easy-to-understand style, Tutor in a Book can help students and their parents work together to improve skills needed for success in school. Providing lots of checklists and worksheets, the authors address issues such as learning style, organization and study skills in a user-friendly, step-by-step format. It's almost like they are there sitting beside you, leading you on to do your best. --Patricia O. Quinn, MD, Director Center for Girls and Women with ADHD

About the Author

Alexandra Mayzler is the founder and director of Thinking Caps Tutoring (TCT), which develops innovative, individualized approaches to teaching. Mayzler has crafted both a study skills program and a series of prep courses for standardized tests, including the ISEE, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, and Regents. She graduated from NYU with a BA in psychology and English literature. She is also a program developer at AbilTo, where she is designing a skills program for college students; she consults with several NY schools regarding curriculum; and is a member of the International Dyslexia Association. Ana is a senior tutor and curriculum advisor with TCT, with which she has collaborated since close to its founding. She graduated from NYU with a BA in Latin American literature and psychology. She has since completed a pre-health post-baccalaureate program and is in the midst of medical school applications. McGann has instructed students in a range of subjects and levels, with particular focus on study skills and test prep.

More About the Author

Alexandra Mayzler is the founder and director of Thinking Caps Group. She began her career in education while still a student herself and channeled her personal experiences into creating study methods that her students could relate to. Over the past several years, Alexandra has crafted an innovative Study Jet Skills Program for middle and high schoolers and a series of prep courses for standardized tests. In addition to Thinking Caps, she frequently writes and speaks on topics in education and consults with New York schools regarding curriculum. Alexandra lives in New York and spends her free time thinking about how to make studying easier, more interesting, and above all, enjoyable for her students.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mark friedberg on September 14, 2010
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I knew that going into the tenth grade at a rigorous NYC High School that I was going to make myself succeed academically this year. I planned on being organized, being on top of my work, and enjoy having the stress of doing your homework the day its due forever removed from my mind. So, I had the goal. I just didn't have the plan. My dad told me that my sister's tutor, Alexandra Ma's tutor, Alexandra Mazler, had specifically written a guidebook for efficiently accomplishing a tough workload. He suggested I read it; it couldn't hurt to give it a shot. With some speculation, I flipped through the beginning of the book reading sections on learning styles and personal organization. I felt like this lady, Alexandra, the author, was writing specifically about me. And that's the best part of this book. It explains and demonstrates techniques and strategies from such a broad diversity of learning style perspectives. As the book progresses, it gets more and more specific about organization, study skills (Apparently I never knew how to study before I read this book), test taking skills, developing a healthy relationship with your teacher, and it even has a section in the end that describes how, in a seven week plan, if you have lost track of a subject and feel overwhelmed, to get back up to speed with the rest of the class. One of my favorite parts of the book is the way that the author uses fictional characters to further establish a key point. Every few chapters in the book there will be short story using some of the four characters (students in different years of school) that is having issues and uses one of Alexandra's techniques to go on productively in his/her studies.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alina Yurkovsky on October 19, 2010
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I am a school psychologist at a competitive private school in the New York City metro area, and I am frequently in the position of being asked for study skills and time management advice by both parents and students. While I have my bag of tricks, Tutor in a Book has provided excellent, practical tips for helping kids get their work done with a strategy, and with the goal of discerning and prioritizing most important study data, from less important information. Ms. Mayzler and Ms. McGann have a down-to-earth, user friendly tone and they help to demystify the term "study skills" which I know often confuse both parents and students. This is a solid book that I often recommend to parents, students and teachers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Patel on July 4, 2010
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I have been tutoring on a volunteer basis for for nearly 15 years. I have worked with all age groups from elementary through high school aged students, and the one thing I find is that study skills are often the barrier, not lack of understanding. This book is a wonderful aide for students looking to learn good study habits. Compared to other study guides, this book breaks down the materials in an easy to follow format that any student can follow. I would recommend 'Tutor in a Book' to any of the students I work with and any student looking to improve their grades.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Pignataro on June 16, 2010
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An easy-to-read book about study and test-taking strategies. The book lays out information clearly and provides systems, worksheets and achievable strategies for students to take charge and become organized. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with school age children who are struggling to make the grades they want and need to succeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By workingmom on September 3, 2010
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I really liked this book. I find this book easy to read and straight to the point and a lot of detailed instruction on how to and what to do to help your kids to study the "smart" way. I can not wait to apply these techniques on my kids this academic year.
Really recommend.
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