Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level

Book details

  • File Size: 1.69 MB
  • Format: epub
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing (January 31, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0792D2SDW

Following up on her acclaimed Teach Students How to Learn, that describes teaching strategies to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success, Saundra McGuire here presents these “secrets” direct to students.

Her message is that “Any student can use simple, straightforward strategies to start making A’s in their courses and enjoy a lifetime of deep, effective learning.”

Beginning with explaining how expectations about learning, and the study efforts required, differ between college and secondary school, the author introduces her readers, through the concept of metacognition, to the importance and powerful consequences of understanding themselves as learners. This framework and the recommended strategies that support it are useful for anyone moving on to a more advanced stage of education, so this book also has an intended audience of students preparing to go to high school, graduate school, or professional school.

In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom’s Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests.

With engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections, this book is an ideal motivational and practical text for study skills and first year experience courses.


“Much can be gained from this book by both students and instructors in all fields. My biggest take-away is the author’s insistence, ‘Now hear this: All students are capable of excelling’. This book shows how.” (Reflective Teaching)

“This book is awesome!!! I really wish that I had this book when I was younger. We spend such a huge portion of our lives learning but no one ever taught us how.

When I read the section on the study cycle, I was surprised to find that I actually use that technique for pera/rehearsal. I always preview my score before and then afterward I fill in the blanks and write down the staging etc. Why did I simply not think to do that in college for, you know, everything! This is so fantastic and I’m going to tell everyone I know, especially folks with kids.” (Michelle Trainor, soprano Boston Lyric Opera)

“Maybe this is a reflection on just how big of a nerd I am, but this is the book that I wish I had when I was in college, or even in high school, to understand that I could have a little bit more control over my brain, and harness [its] power in a good direction. It would be really good for a first-year student seminar, a class that focused on study skills, or a tutoring center.” (Kathryn (Katie) Linder, Research Director for Ecampus Oregon State University)

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