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SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2016
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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
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"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
"I loved the binder. What a simple but effective idea!" - Jennifer G., 5th Grade Teacher
- Strategies must be time-efficient.
- Strategies must be effective.
- Strategies must apply across all content areas.
- 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.
- 240 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.
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Part I that will save your child's life is to pick up John Rosemand's book on Homework - you can find it here - "Ending the Homework Hassle" or something close to that. BAM! This book will give you the swift and sturdy kick in YOU THE PARENT'S butt. Couple it with the suggestions in the SOAR book and life will beging to come together for your family. John Rosemand will give you the courage to let your kid fail BIG and the SOAR book will give you the tools to teach your child how to remedy his (or her) big failure at school.
If you have one of these kids and have found additional helpful resources - please leave a comment - I am always on the lookout for improvement.
I would recommend this book to parents looking to give their kids the tools to be successful.
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. Well, the system prescibed by this book involves one binder with pockets on the inside covers, to which you add very thin double pocketed folders (available at any Staples or similar store), one for each subject, looseleaf paper for notetaking, and grade tracking sheets in the book that can be copied and put into the binder behind each folder. It also recommends use of a weekly planner, though not just any planner will do; it gives explanation for best kind to use and how to use it. It also gives you sample planner sheets which you can use for reference or, if you want, copy and use in the binder. The basic point is that no matter what document he produces or gets at school, there is a place for it in that binder.
So my son and I read through the book together. We both excitedly went out and got the binder materials that day and put that system to work immediately. So now my son knows that any paper he gets at school or has to turn in will go in that binder. There's one pocket for anything that needs action at home, from homework to things to be signed. There's a folder for each subject, and one pocket in it is for work to turn in, the other is for handouts and study aids. There's the loose leaf paper for taking notes on any subject, after which he puts those notes behind the appropriate folder (the folders are tabbed and double as dividers), and whenever he gets a test back, he logs it on the grade tracking sheet so that we always know where he stands in that class. Pocket on inside back binder cover is for miscellaneous things, like his monthly cafeteria menu. We also got the prescibed file crate and files so that he can empty the subject folders into the corresponding subject files once he is tested on a topic. All his old papers stay in the file crate at least until the grading period ends, so that in case his teacher makes a mistake, we have all of the old tests and quizzes to reference.
My son felt instantly better about his prospects; now he is firmly in control. My son is one who likes rules anyway, so having a place for everything and everything in its place makes him feel jazzed.
So, that's just the binder system. The tips on using textbooks, interacting with teachers, writing papers, and taking tests were similarly awesome. My son had a paper due Friday. He excels in writing, so I didn't think the tips here would be that useful. However, they were. They helped him to write a paper that was quite focused, had a lot of good support, and was well-organized. His papers usually are, but he produced this one in MUCH less time than usual.
My son was apprehensive about an upcoming test in one of the topics he'd been doing poorly in, so I went with him through the textbook review procedure outlined in the book. We did it together in just the day before the test, which was when the SOAR book came in the mail, and when I asked him later how the test went, he happily said that this study procedure really works, because there were no surprises on this test. He predicted an A or B+, minimum. So literally in just a day, he went from dreading the test to excitedly looking forward to excelling on future ones in this subject. What more can you ask for? We both predicted that this class is going to become one of his best, because in truth, it has a great textbook that really works with the program, he just wasn't using it to his advantage.
Bottom line: Get the book; you won't be sorry. We've only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.