Take The Sting Out Of Study
The cover for the UK edition is on the left, the USA edition is on the right.
I wrote this, my second non-fiction book, because I was constantly astonished by the amount of gifted young people I met who were underachieving.
They lacked basic study skills - and often their self-belief could have been better too!
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"Students have more than ever to learn at school these days, and there seems to be an endless succession of exams and assessments. This book will help you not only to master the skills of concentration, but also to relax. It may even help you to enjoy your studies!"
Raising Kids, UK (www.raisingkids.co.uk)
"A very practical guide to studying the easy, healthy (caffeine-less!) way. Includes a series of excellent study tips for the average teenage student."
RaisingKids member: Jennifer, England
"I bought this book for my son, for his A-levels and he found it gave him a real perspective on how to organise himself... and not to get himself into a state."
The Sunday Post, Scotland
"Stop worrying, start learning. If you're the kind of person who keeps putting off getting down to some serious swotting, then read Take The Sting Out Of Study."
Pembroke Publishers, Canada
“This practical handbook will show 12- to 18-year olds how to study smart and get organized to maximize their time and potential. With the latest research on good study habits, relaxation tips and real-life anecdotes, the book offers both quick advice to conquer almost any dilemma, and comfort and reassurance when it is needed most.”
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Take The Sting Out Of Study
Are You a Performing Flea?
There has been a revival in America of the old Victorian ‘flea circuses’. At country fairs people pay money to watch tiny fleas perform circus tricks. There’s a tiny ring with ropes, trapezes and unicycles, all cut down to size, and the fleas are trained to perform on them.
Few people find fleas attractive - especially when they’re visiting you and won’t go away! - but have you ever stopped to consider just how wonderful fleas are? They have no eyes and no wings, yet can jump to 150 times their body length and 80 times their height and land safely. Imagine the human equivalent.
You’re walking out of the school gates and standing around for a few minutes chatting to your friends. Then when it’s time to make you way home, instead of going for the bus, you just flex your knees and soar into the air. Effortlessly you float over the church spire, across the river, and drop safely into your own street. Fleas were born to jump!
In the flea circuses the trainers had to harness all that energy. It’s said that often fleas were GLUED on to the apparatus, which meant their lives were seriously curtailed!
But what of the fleas that were seen jumping about? Well, the story goes that trainers put the fleas in sealed jars of varying sizes, according to how high they wanted them to jump. The fleas would spring up - only to bang their heads on the lid. They would try this again and again, each time with the same painful result.
After twenty-four hours or so a change would take place. The fleas would jump to just beneath the lid, thereby avoiding the pain. After forty-eight hours the trainers knew they could release the fleas.
The fleas would never again in their lives jump higher than the limit that had been set for them!
What a tragic waste of energy. Yet many of us do the same. We never use more than a fraction of our power because we have allowed others to put limits on us.
Case Study: Stella
When Stella was a young girl she loved to go off by herself and sing along with her favourite tapes and CDs. In her imagination she was the singer, performing to a live audience of thousands. But every so often she would break down in embarrassment.
You see, her dad had a habit of creeping up unnoticed and watching her with a big grin on his face; then, when Stella saw him, the grin would turn into mocking laughter. Stella would feel humiliated, as if she’d been making a fool of herself.
For years she kept on singing, but only in the privacy of her room and never in front of anyone. At high school she studied Music and her teacher soon became aware of her great singing voice, but Stella doggedly refused to sing in public.
Inside she seethed with resentment as time after time her less talented peers performed at concerts and shows, while Stella just went on hating herself for being so inhibited. Like the performing fleas, Stella’s ability had been well and truly clamped.
And she would have stayed that way had her teacher not slowly and gently coaxed and nurtured her talent, for the benefit of everyone.
Change that mindset!
It’s amazing how many of the old myths and misconceptions about intelligence are still around today. For example:
You’re born with a certain amount of intelligence and you just have to make the most of it. Right?
At school some kids are ‘brainy’ and others are ‘dull’ and that’s just the way it is. Right?
Wrong! . . .
Let’s bury once and for all the notion that your intelligence is fixed at birth, and that at school you’re either going to be ‘bright’ or ‘dull’ or somewhere in the middle. Your level of intelligence is fluid, not fixed, and there are many factors that can take it up or down in the course of your life. Among these factors are:
- the way you think about yourself
- the skills you learn about learning.
(End of extract)
So, how can you change the way you think about yourself?
And what ‘skills about learning’ do we all need to have?
Read ‘Take The Sting Out Of Study’ and find out.
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ISBN 1853407224 (UK)
ISBN 1551381648 (USA & Canada)
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(c) Frank McGinty 2005