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Make the Grade

Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School

Lesley Schwartz Martin


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Every teacher, every school, and every class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter where they are. Everyone needs to prioritize well, stay organized, and know how to study for different topics, but actually managing to achieve those goals isn’t easy or straightforward. Make the Grade dissects the school week as students actually experience it—and offers realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of (more enjoyable) distractions. Inside you’ll also find:

  • Sidebars that offer timesaving techniques, confidence-boosting exercises, and creative ways to add new studying skills
  • Checklists to help ensure you do everything you can to set yourself up for success
  • Charts and maps that provide clear, concise guidance in navigating difficult subjects and planning for future obstacles

Praise For Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School

IndieFab Award Finalist
“Help is on the way for teens wanting to do better in school. . .this can be a valuable guide for tutors, academic coaches and teachers of study-skills courses looking for a systematic and informative handbook. An earnest, comprehensive and ‘everything-you-need’ compendium.” —Kirkus Reviews
"How many times do students realize they have misplaced, forgotten, or simply ignored an important assignment? Or blow off preparing for a big test? Using her background as a high-school social-studies teacher, Martin offers solutions for the ever more demanding job of balancing high school and extracurricular activities. From setting goals to learning about expectations, and from getting organized to acing the test, her ideas are practical, straightforward, and easily implemented—if a student is motivated to follow them. Of particular interest are the chapters "Working the Classroom" and "What to Learn and How to Learn It." Individual students with natural initiative might pick up this book, read it, and take the suggestions to heart. Less motivated students, however, might need to be persuaded to give it a chance. Used as part of a study skills course, the book could reach a broad audience of students, many of whom could benefit from Martin's suggestions." —Booklist


Zest Books, 9781936976386, 144pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

About the Author

Lesley Schwartz Martin is a professional teen academic coach and tutor. She is the creator of a customized academic planner used in Bay Area schools, and is the coauthor of Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide.