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The Middle School Student's Guide to Study Skills

College readiness is more than what students know — it’s about how they learn.


To prepare for the academic demands of high school and postsecondary coursework, students must develop productive learning skills and strategies for the acquisition, retention, and demonstration of knowledge. Many students simply do not have the academic skills and strategies they need in order to succeed at the postsecondary level.

This 28 chapter workbook has it all, including practice activities, comics, graphics, Letters to Parents, and a bit of middle school humor. Students follow along with five typical middle school students, Ali, Jason, Elena, Max, and A.J., as they explore and master good study skills.

Ideal for independent learners, as a study skills course textbook, or as an advisory resource!

Student workbook: 340 pages, b&w interior. The ebook includes a read-only text, and a downloadable Practice Activities Binder!


The skills and strategies students will learn in our program include:

  • why studying matters to your brain
  • How (and why) to be a metacognitive student
  • IQ vs. effort
  • Identifying personal learning styles
  • Identifying and utilizing their primary intelligence
  • How (and why) to master the syllabus
  • How (and why) to get their schema on
  • Active learning strategies
  • Active listening strategies
  • Cornell and Matrix note-taking
  • How (and why) to outline your textbook chapter
  • M.N.E.M.O.N.I.C.S. for recall
  • Time-spaced learning
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Overcoming test anxiety
  • How to be an information literate student
  • Anticipating and tackling the challenges of distance learning
  • Dealing with failure
  • Becoming a critical thinker and much more….
5.0 out of 5 stars Great informational book for Middle School!
Perfect book for my daughter who is starting middle school! There's enough humor mixed in to keep it interesting, and plenty of helpful tools and information that really will help get her off to a great start at school!

Your Instructor


Susan Mulcaire
Susan Mulcaire

Susan Mulcaire is an attorney-turned-teacher. She holds a B.A. from U.C Berkeley, a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a teaching credential from Concordia University. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and holds a California teaching credential. She is the author of several college readiness programs.


Class Curriculum


  THE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT'S GUIDE TO STUDY SKILLS ONLINE
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This includes access to the e-text of the student workbook, and downloadable activities binder. Look for this to become a fully online and self-paced course with instructor's commentary in 2019.
How long do I have access to the e-book?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this e-book for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with this e-book?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund.

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