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What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time. Paperback – July 27, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0517880852 ISBN-10: 0517880857 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (July 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517880857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517880852
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starting from the premise that successful students are not necessarily any more brilliant than their less successful peers, but have simply mastered the art of efficient learning, Adam Robinson introduces high school and college students to an innovative approach that can help them achieve top grades while discovering the joy of true learning. Line drawings.

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Whether in grade school, high school, or college, this book will help.
Andrew Parodi
It is more than a book to be read, but rather a way of learning that should be absorbed, over and over, by students, parents and educators.
Howard Cooper
Easy to read, which means easy to understand and easy to apply the techniques.
Jessica E. Armstrong

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432 of 453 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Do you have any idea how much easier my life would have been? An incredible book, it points out the irony that of all the things we are taught and study in school the one thing we don't study is perhaps the most important of all: HOW TO STUDY!

I am an intelligent person, but I have never done well in school. An occasional A, a more common B, and often Cs or less. What a surprise to read this book and find that I actually have what the author terms the "attitude of a smart student." This attitude is comprised of a love of learning, a willingness to learn, and the knowledge that no one teaches you better than you teach yourself -- because we all learn in different ways, and only we know how we learn best.

There is a difference, however, between being a smart person and a smart student. Attitude alone is not enough to succeed in the school game if you do not know all the rules. "A smart student knows that school is a game, but it is an important game," writes the author. And one of the most obvious, and most denied, rules is that there is nothing more subjective and biased than grading. This author points out that grades can even be based on how a student dresses, where a student sits, and the teacher's personal opinion of a student. For example, if you have a good reputation as an "A student" but do the same on a project as someone with a bad reputation as an "F student," you will often be graded according to your earned reputation. "All students make mistakes," teachers will often reason, "This is an `A student' mistake and can be excused." For the student who has established an "F student" reputation, the same mistake will be seen in light of his grade history and he will be graded accordingly.
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196 of 209 people found the following review helpful By M. Merawi on January 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Robinson's book presents a totally new approach to studying that had never occured to me before, but which makes a lot of sense and really works. The only problem is, it's really time consuming to do this method, especially at first, which makes it hard to stick with it long enough for it to make a difference. I would recommend reading it right before you start a new school year or semester; it's easier to change if you do it right from the beginning.
It's definitely an advanced way of studying--what I mean by that is, this method is for people who already have the basics down. If you know how to take notes, keep your locker organized, and keep up with your reading, and just want to be more efficient, this book is for you. If you first need to work on being generally more responsible about school, start with another book. :-)
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Deidra on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am going to be a first year in medical school in the fall and bought several books to help me get maximum benefit with minimum time spent studying. Because medical school consists of so much material in a short period of time, I needed to learn study techniques that were unlike my old ones-read, take notes, reread until the test. I have read this book and started implimenting the techniques. They really work. I agree that it would be better to start before a semester begins because the techniques are vastly different from how normal students prepare for exams and would be hard to impliment while taking classes. It is well worth it, though, especially if you are in or are planning to go to college or graduate school. It is a must have.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mavis Irwin on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm a profoundly deaf student mainstreaming at a California State University. Was frustrated in the last three semesters...no matter how hard I studied, my grades were not as good as in high school and I KNOW I can do better. Didn't expect this book to help me...I mean...I TRIED all ways I could think of to improve my grade (grumble).
Turned out to help me so well that I am already having too much free time in the past three months. Even if I have to go the extra mile as a deaf student. It's true that old habits are hard to break, I still have some tiresome old studying habits. But, it's slowly changing... Mind me, habits can't be changed overnight.
No matter who you are, one getting straight A's or struggling for C's, I STRONGLY suggest you to sniff out a copy of this book.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewers, I was and am super-impressed with the learning techniques Robinson advocates. A few of the reviewers, however, object that to use all of the techniques requires too much time or effort.
These reviewers miss Robinson's primary point: that traditional "learning" methods are boring, time-consuming, AND ineffective. Think of the methods as a football quarter-back's "playbook:" you don't have to run EVERY play in the book in EVERY game. Robinson himself says that the methods do not apply in every course, and that some methods apply more in some types of courses than others. Robinson does NOT tell students to employ ALL the methods ALL the time.
Another point I'd like to make is that any new set of learning techniques takes time. Heck, typing took me forever to master; but now that I've invested the time it saves me WAY more than the time I spent learning it.
Finally, Robinson's point is that HOWEVER MUCH time you have to devote to your studies, whether it's an hour a day per college course or an hour per week for a high school course -- whatever -- your time is best employed using these methods. If you're short of time, or the test isn't so important, Robinson says to cut back on the methods to fit your time budget and the importance of the test.
The more time you have, and the more important the test, the more you should use Robinson's methods. The less time you have, simply cut back. No biggie.
Either that, or go back to wasting all your time with the old "learning" methods of rereading your notes ad infinitum until test time.
Good luck!
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