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Getting Straight 'A's

A Student's Guide to Success

By Richard Palmer

Routledge – 2005 – 184 pages

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    August 24th 2005

Description

Packed full of invaluable and practical advice, tips, quizzes and self-assessment exercises for fifteen to eighteen year olds, this guide, written with the keenest and most ambitious students in mind, will help you to maximise your academic potenitial and achieve the results you need. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, this study guide will help you to:

  • assess your own strengths and weaknesses
  • make the best use of available resources
  • effectively manage your time and prioritise your workload
  • develop essay-writing and note-taking skills
  • excel in exams and coursework.

Considered a natural companion to the author's highly successful Brain Train, this book maximises academic potential both in coursework and exams amongst GCSE and AS/A-level students, effectively, simply, and without exhausting and counter-productive effort.

Contents

Page

Preface

Acknowledgements

ONE: NAMING IT

I. Preliminary: Why Real Achievers Don’t Do Drugs

1

II. Situation Report

2

Money

2

Expectations (1)

2

Expectations (2)

3

Assessment-Driven Currica: The Dangers & The Price

4

III. The Importance of the Pleasure Principle

6

IV: Seductive Stupidities: Those ‘S’ Words Revisited

8

Spotting The Question

16

Plagiarism

22

Conclusion

24

TWO: USING IT

I. Arming Yourself

26

A. Honesty

26

B. Vanity

29

C. Caring

32

II. Knowing Yourself

35

III. Advancing Yourself

37

THREE: SORTING IT

A. Respecting the Obvious

41

Self-management I: Get to Know Your Brain

41

Self-management II: Equipment & Assets

45

Self-management III: Scheduling

52

Self-management IV: Comforts & Pleasures

54

B. Going Beyond the Obvious

56

I. Concentration

56

II. Challenge & Self-Confidence

60

III. Punctuation and Paragraphing

61

White Space: four contrasting lay-outs

69

Paragraphing: some guidelines

73

A Cautionary Tale

74

Conclusion

75

FOUR: NAILING IT

1. What is Knowledge?

77

1a. Three angles on ‘facts’

80

1b. What is Truth?

81

2. What types of Knowledge are there?

86

1. Questions which have one correct answer

86

2. Questions which have many possible answers

86

3. Questions which have no correct answer but depend

solely on the person answering

87

3. Common Fallacies / Disreputable or Specious Arguing

91

4. Justifying Your Think I: Good Reasons

99

5. Justifying Your Think I: Good Instincts

104

Conclusion

109

FIVE: DOING IT

I. Preliminary

110

II. Eyes Right: Speed-Reading

111

III. Eyes Wrong: Screen-Reading

113

IV. Note-Taking

117

Mini-Lecture Noting Exercise

120

V. Writing

123

Do what you’re told and what you say

124

Aim for pace and variety

125

Command Verbs

126

Muscle, not flab; analysis ‘versus’ description

129

Make constant use of your biggest asset: you

131

Words & phrases to avoid

133

Register and ‘Pitch’

134

Reference & Quotation

134

SIX: MAKING IT

I. Preliminary

136

II. Attitudes 1: Examiners – Monsters, Robots or Humans?

138

III. Attitudes 2: Priming Yourself

141

IV. Revision & Review

144

V. In the Exam Hall

148

Danger of Death: the first two minutes

149

Danger of Dissolution: pacing yourself and staying alert

150

The Longest Day: wall-to-wall exams

153

Conclusion

155

Appendix I – Net Practice

156

Appendix II – Noting Exercise Model Answer

161

Notes

164

Bibliography

172

Index

174

Author Bio

Richard Palmer is Head of English at Bedford School. His other Routledge titles include The Good Grammar Guide, and Write in Style.

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