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In episode two of ‘studying for success’ Dr Steven Greene introduces us to the fundamentals of managing information properly – from file storage, USB storage and interesting graphic organisers to colour-coded topic sections. These techniques will make organisation a cinch!

Listen to the podcast here:

https://www.educationreview.com.au/2019/08/studying-for-success-note-taking-effectively/

The mAke the grAde podcast launched on July 17, 2019.

The mission is to provide actionable ideas and information to parents and students so they can use the ideas right away to make positive improvements in their academic lives.

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Dr Steven Greene was recently featured on the Teaching Learning Leading K12 Podcast.  This popular podcast is hosted by Dr. Steven Miletto Ed.D. who has been an educator in Georgia for 32 years. He has served public school families as a history teacher, (in fact a teacher of the year!), assistant principal, and high school principal. In 2009, he was the Georgia Principal of the Year and a finalist for NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year in 2010. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Heart of Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency).  Here is Dr Miletto’s full bio.  Here is the link to my podcast: Teaching Learning Leading K12, and his ‘social’ links:

Release Notes:

Steven Greene – The Success Doctor – is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teaching certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level.

Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals.

Make The Grade provides individualized support for students and their families and specializes in all areas of math, science, and test preparation (SAT/ACT). His program also assists with the college admissions process, study skills, and time management.

In addition, Steven is the author of the book, “Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Reaching Your Academic Goals.”

His personal interests include music (playing the guitar and piano and composing original music) as well as martial arts where he is earning a black belt in tae kwon do.

Dr. Greene continues to work with students full time, face to face, in his office, and all over the US and internationally using an online-based classroom.

CASE STUDY #11: High School Big Plan

Consistency Quote FBCharlie was a high school junior in the middle of a very, very busy stretch in his academic life during the spring of his junior year. On top of this, he was planning to take college entrance exams (SATs), and he participated in sports in the spring and winter seasons.  This all but insured that he did not have a lot of free time.  He was taking AP world history and honors English, and the rest of his courses were college prep level courses. (This issue was a little bit like Sarah’s, as they simply didn’t have enough hours in the day.)

Again, the solution was multifaceted.  We implemented several strategies all at once, combining outlining, note-taking, and test prep techniques, as well as chunking, blockingMaximum Education Daily Action Plan - Facebook and time management protocols, and homework tracking and time prioritization. Charlie got the whole buffet of services!  The main thing that helped him tremendously was breaking up his work into daily, manageable chunks that he was able to keep up with.  The mentality was to prepare as if he was prepping for a test the next day, based on the information to date with his subjects. If he didn’t have a test for six or seven days, he would study about 1/6 of that material as well as all the material up to date to that point he found this extremely helpfulbut .  Not only was it helpful, but it was also actually more efficient. He was able to spend less time studying than he had before because he was able to use his time more effectively. Later he confided that he felt the time management calendaring was most useful because he basically understood the topics, he just wasn’t able to plan things out so that things didn’t start overlapping with each other and become confusing and overwhelming.

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At mAke the grAde I have a  mission to help as many students reach their academic and personal goals as possible.

So, when I was approached by a national radio syndicate (they have 128 land based stations plus hundreds more which are internet based) to be interviewed about the main educational tenets of Maximum Education, and its mission for success, I accepted the invitation immediately.

Have a listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-526742890/infocast-maximum-education

The interview covers the 3 main tenants:

Time management
Information management
A daily action plan

but there is also discussion of the philosophy on which the book is based and some of my personal viewpoints on why education is so important for everyone (and for society as a whole).

I’d really like your feedback. It is very important to me.

What did you like about the interview?

What do you think was most compelling?

What would you think should have been explored or stressed more?
(for future follow up interview)

Do you a school or individuals who will benefit from Maximum Education?

And, whatever is on your mind.

https://soundcloud.com/user-526742890/infocast-maximum-education

 

cd6f8-13628385_1066991540051171_50185893_nIn August 2015 I published Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics.  Somewhat to my surprise, the book became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the Education category and continues to sell every day.  Thank you!

This book is essentially a guide on how to “do school” and how to study.  The book was born from years of working with students in a variety of subjects and seeing the recurring pattern that some / part / all of the reason that they were struggling in Math or Science or whatever was that they were unorganized and they did not have a plan.

So I started to to make handouts and exercises for my students to help them organize, and to help them use their time better and to help them plan better… and you know what.. it worked!   I took the handouts and compiled a workbook that I copied on the trusty mAke the grAde office copy machine.  Finally, a parent of a student suggested that I make this into a book… and so Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics was born.

 Summarily the book covers 3 main topics:

Time management
Information management
A daily action plan

Steven-Green-Book-Cover copyThere are also several sections with suggestions for many other academic needs such as writing term papers, studying for standard tests like the SAT and ACT exams, writing college application essays, preparing for midterms and finals, etc etc…

So here are the updates: Recently I was interviewed by a national radio syndicate about the book which is available here, and Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics is now being converted into a video class that anyone can access and follow at their own pace.  The course should be available by August 15th.

At this point I am looking for suggestions.  If you have the book and you have suggestions…

What should be included in the video?
What should be emphasized?
What helped you the most?
What was the least helpful?
What you be willing to provide a video testimonial?

Please contact Dr Steven Greene and provide feedback. 

To summarize:

Listen to the radio interview here

If you don’t have one, get your copy of Maximum Education here

Thank you for you past and present and continued support.

CASE STUDY #12: University Level Big Plan

Jackie had been a student at mAke the grAde throughout high school, so she was familiar with many of the study techniques, which we had learned over time.  However, she didn’t use all of them as effectively as she could because, frankly, she could handle the workload in high school fairly easily.  Later, she went on to become a pre-med student a large university, which had a much more rigorous and demanding course load – both in terms of the time needed and the complexity of the material.

She found several things helped her in college.  First of all, recording each one of her lectures, (parenthetically, many colleges and universities do this now, but at this point in time they did not), so she bought a small voice recorder and recorded all of the lectures, and then she would transcribe them later.  She also made many flowcharts and concept maps because much of the information was visual, although it was taught in a text style.  To prepare for tests and quizzes, and there were many of them, she studied every day for 30-45 minutes per course, to bring herself up to date on the details of each.

This study technique is called chunking or blocking, which we will talk about more in the next section.  She ended up starting with somewhere between three and four hours of study time each day, which may sound like a lot, but compared to her peers, who often studied twice that amount, it was manageable.  Also, and more importantly, her workflow was actually easier because she was always up to date and was able to go to the classes and lectures ready to take in any new material.

In the end, she reported that she felt that learning the skills when the pressure was off (that is to say in high school when she was able to utilize them without a lot of pressure and without a heavy overload of work) really helped her to master them. So when college time came, and it was game time, she was able to utilize many of the Maximum Education strategies in a coordinated way.  As she told me, “It’s so much easier when I have a system. The strategies do take some time to master, so it’s better to learn them when you have the time to do it.”

CASE STUDY #4:  Middle School Outline

Ryan was a middle school student who I began working with midway through his seventh grade year.  He was having issues organizing – specifically for science because the class involved information that the teacher provided in multiple types of ways such as power points, in worksheets and also in class notes.  He was having trouble integrating all this information into one singular way.  “I took the information and to make a single outline as simply as he could but yet it contained all the main information I needed.  I was also using the outlines to organize teachers the notes and my own notes.”  Ryan used the radial and line style outlines mostly because they were the most useful for this type of information and they were visual.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YkbgvRMpW0

Maximum Education - Information Management 1 - Social MediaIt’s 9 pm on a Tuesday night. Your high school junior son is still up finishing his biology homework, and there is still math homework to do. He has already spent 2 hours doing his homework, and at least 2 more hours to go.

His day is already long, starting at 6:30 am and ending at 11 pm at night, sometimes even later, and it is like this almost every day. He is tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. Worse, these assignments were posted last Thursday, but he forgot about them, so he could have done them during the weekend, instead of having to cram them in late at night. To make things worse, he just realized he left his math book with all his notes in his locker at school and now he knows he cannot finish the math homework.

Does this sound familiar? Are you one of the countless families who deal with these circumstances every school night? I know this because, as a parent, my two sons went through similar situations as well, and, as a private tutor, that is exactly how almost all of my private students go used to go through their academic lives every day. When they come to me, they aren’t organized, and they don’t have any system, and don’t know what they need to get done for the next day or what the priorities are. They lack the fundamental study skills: how to go through pages of content for a test the next morning and prioritize information, where their notes are or where their outlines are, or did not take notes because didn’t think they were necessary at the time.

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Students, and by extension, their parents, do not have a system to manage all the information that is generated during a school day. With the Maximum Education system, students are taught a system of information management that organizes their homework assignments, helps them to prioritize their time, creates an environment where the work can get done in an efficient and timely way, and helps them to look at assignments which are due the next day, that week, and in the longer term.

Let me tell you about one of my students, Dan, a high school sophomore, who was no different than my sons or your children. When he came to me, his challenge was that his ‘information management’ was poor. He did not have a record of what homework he had to do nor when it was due. His ’notebooks’ were a mess with papers going in every direction and no ability to find anything that he needed.

Immediately I taught Dan the Maximum Education information management system. There is simple, yet powerful, and organizes the homework, along with short and long term assignments, and creates a daily action study plan. Once Dan consistently put the system to work, the results were impressive. He was able to complete all of this work in about half of the time that he had taken to do it (when he even did it) in the past, and, more importantly, the quality of the work was far better. He was able to plan ahead for larger assignments likes tests and papers and work on them over time to alleviate the pressure of deadlines and rush jobs. Best of all his grades improved quickly, going from the D/C range to the high B range.

“I always knew that I could do fine at school” Dan told me later, “but I just never knew what to do or when to do it. No one ever taught me any plan. So once I started to struggle with school, I kind of just gave up. I can’t believe how quickly I was able to improve after only three weeks of using your system. I really wish that I’d started using it sooner, but now that I’ve learned it, everything is much better”.

To create this success in your life and to learn how maximum education and mAke the grAde can help your child excel academically – contact Dr Steven Greene at sgreene@makethegrade.net.

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