About the book

Straight A’s Are Not Enough

Straight A's Are Not Enough Front CoverThe book is based on the belief that Learning is More Important Than Grades.

The book begins with Three Big Questions:
1. Why do so many students work hard, make good grades, but quickly forget what they learned?
2. How can students learn more, understand deeply, and remember longer?
3. How can students get a great education?
The book ends with answers to all three questions.

The book challenges students to

*    set meaningful personal, educational, and lifetime goals.
*   use flexible time management strategies.
*   expand their interests to include many areas of learning.
*   rediscover intrinsic motivation — a new love of learning.
*    connect what you know, learn, and experience.
*    try a new approach to learning.
*   use mental processing — organization, thinking, and memory.
*    develop the critical skills you need to be successful.
*   reflect on your beliefs, values, experiences and goals.

The Book Includes

1. A flexible Time Management system
2. Research-based learning strategies
3. Test preparation without cramming
4. Over 100 learning strategies
5. 10 ways of thinking
6. 10 pathways to long-lasting memory
7. Ways to strengthen concentration
8. Skills employers want most
9. What it really means to STUDY
10. How to get a great life-changing
education

While many topics in this book are similar to those in other books on study skills, this book takes a radically new approach to learning.

You will  enjoy reading the book with its stories, vivid metaphors, images, charts, and even a few comic strips – all designed to help you understand the main concepts.

Through stories, you will learn why monkeys who enjoyed puzzles later lost interest, why 5000 girls a year don’t get credit for AP Calculus, and why my students were convinced that paper gets heavier when it is folded. You will also discover how all of these help you understand your own approaches to learning.

There are Journaling questions at the beginning and end of chapters. Take them seriously. Get a journal (a notebook is fine) and write your responses. Doing this will help you relate what you are reading to your own beliefs and behaviors about  how you could learn more effectively and, as a result, you will learn how to learn more effectively.

You will find the book filled with interesting stories, both from relevant research and from personal experience.

  •  If your goal is to improve your grades, you will find many useful strategies to help you succeed.
  • If your goal is develop the skills you need to get a job and have a successful career, you will find strategies based specifically on what employers want most.
  • If your goal is to get the best possible education, you will also find support in this area.

To Learn MORE about the book:

Read the Table of Contents

Read the long list of just over 100 Learning Strategies

 To read answers to questions asked in the book

Chapter 1: What is the purpose of life?
Chapter 16:  A Complex Concept Map
Chapter 16: A Simplified Map of Africa – I also included one of South America.
Chapter 16: A  Complex Timeline
Chapter 17: The problem with Pigs and Chickens
Chapter 17: The problem with doubling a penny one hundred times
Chapter 17: Finding the degrees between the mirrors inside a kaleidoscope