For students 13 through college graduation, Christine Reidhead's guide to building study skills is an extremely important book for those who want to secure their future through good grades. Too many students' grades are falling, especially in a time when regular classrooms cannot fully open. Parents everywhere are at a loss regarding what to do with their responsibilities in the face of the increasing downturn in their children's grades. It seems as though, with the advent of social media, the attention of a lot of students has been shifted from their books to their smartphones or computers. Apart from social media, blame has also been put on a decline in the interest of students regarding education in general. Students, at the moment, do not have the motivation or zeal, as it seems, to even study. Good study habits, or skills, are solutions to the problems experienced by students. This has been true for a long time, but the world is changing rapidly, which also means that the tools employed during study have to be changed in order to keep up. This is especially true as a result of the covid-19 pandemic that has forced students to study and learn from home rather than in the classroom. E-Learning, or online learning, can be effective, but only if the student has the discipline and drive to succeed using the tools and materials they are provided by teachers. Without strong study skills the student will fall behind in the classroom. Online the failure to develop good study skills can be devastating, leading to an inability to achieve the success in life the student could otherwise achieve. This excellent guide walks students through skills and habits which a student, or a person, employs while studying in order to make the most out of the experience. The kind of skills employed by a person, whether good or bad, determines how successful they will be in the process of learning, and Reidhead shows how to understand study skills, discover what kind of learner you are, develop great study skills, avoid bad study habits, identify the best places to study, and how to keep up with Online Learning during the current ovid-19 pandemic. It also helps parents and students to identify when certain students are studying excessively, harming the effectiveness of their studying. This is a must book for students who want good grades. Both a guide and a self-help book, it can help any student of any age, middle school through graduate school, succeed in their classes whether they are held in a classroom or online.
Before you begin to work on your study skills, you need to set goals for yourself. Ask yourself what you want to achieve at the end of the process you are going to use to end up with good study skills. Writing the goals down and displaying them will help you be more definitive about what you are trying to achieve, and it will also help you keep track of the goals.
Your goals should be realistic. Analyze how you have studied in the past and what you have achieved through the way you have studied. Use that as a yardstick to set goals. Grandiose plans are great, but making them may be foolish, especially if you do not have the foundation to achieve good results. Also, you should consider the study skills required to achieve the level of success set by your desired goals compared to the studying style you have employed in the past. This will help you to gain perspective.
Can you tell us about yourself?
Christine Reidhead here from Benson, Arizona and currently residing in Crownpoint, New Mexico. I am a college professor at Navajo Technical University. I have two teenage boys who I love very much and are proud of. I founded a nonprofit organization called AfrikRising where we go into Africa and serve the underserved.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still teaching. I love what I do and how we can have a direct impact on others lives. That’s really important to me and I’m grateful to have this as my occupation.
How do you learn best?
When I come across something I need to learn, I just dive right into it. I’ll get a little obsessed with it and research and study everything I can about that topic. Sometimes it takes me six months to really get something mastered, but I work at it daily to absorb all I can and then apply that concept or skill.
What are your goals in life?
My goal in life is to just help others. I really have a soft spot in my heart for those who struggle and I want to help bring a little joy in their lives if at all possible. That’s so important in life – to lift others burdens.
What is your best marketing tip?
Really the best thing to marketing is getting stuff out there: content, content, content. The more you become a master at that topic or skill, just get develop and create as much as possible. This also helps increase you SEO rating on the internet which is key to marketing success.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
I think it’s hard to get your book perfect. It needs so many drafts and different editors’ eyes to help put the finishing touches on everything. Sometimes I get so excited it’s hard to be patient and let the process run its course.
How would you change the world?
I would try to lessen the gap between the richest people in the world, to the poorest people. Millionaire’s have been blessed with so much, I feel that reaching out to those in need and providing something to help bring them out of poverty would help create a more balanced world.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Just do it. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. Sometimes it’s the fear of trying something new that keeps us from taking that leap. But, you’d be surprised how much you grow by not second guessing yourself and taking risks in life. That’s how we stretch and improve ourselves.
How Important are the names of your books?
Well, the names of my books are highly researched. I just certain types of software that analyzes what people are searching on the internet. By knowing these key words, I can integrate them strategically within my books to help increase the viewer potential.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas come from learning how I can help my students. My books are developed to help them improve themselves and to help set them up to succeed.
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Christine Reidhead is a philanthropist, former basketball player, professor, writer, podcaster, and proud mother of two from Arizona. She is currently based in New Mexico, where she works and lives with her family. She is an avid educator who loves to encourage people to make a difference in their lives. She is the author of the book series Tips to Starting College. Her expansive portfolio as a podcast host is growing wider every month, as she discusses topics as diverse as leadership, sports, social change, education, tribal college movement and so much more. Podcast episodes are currently available on her website for people to enjoy. She is the author of GET THAT JOB! Ace Your Job Interview – Every Time! and How to Improve Study Habits.
Christine is passionate about international charity work, as well as helping people preserve their culture and share it with the world. She is the founder of AfrikRising, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical resources to African children who deal with poverty and starvation, not to mention a lack of educational opportunities and health risks. She also does a lot of work with Native American organizations and in Mexico. Currently, Christine is a board member of Habitat for Humanity supporting people in need abroad and close to home.
Authors websites: www.tipstostartingcollege.com