Essential Learning Strategies Designed for BOTH Parents and Students

If you are a parent wondering how to help your student succeed in high school this is the book for you (and your student). High School Smart delivers simple, powerful, effective learning strategies that you both can implement now, right at your kitchen table.


Surprising discoveries from High School Smart revealed:


How to flunk a test and raise your score.
Why studying in different locations builds learning.
How to improve your grade simply by sitting in the right place.

The Power of Pretesting

Tests don't just measure performance. They can improve it, if you use this simple trick.

Put Time On Your side

Learn how spacing your study sessions over time can improve how much you learn.

Strength in Numbers

Study groups work, provided you know how to use them. we'll show you the right way.

This book can help make motivated students more efficient learners. The often unintuitive learning strategies that take center stage are presented in a very accessible form, and thus this book can help students of all ages learn how to learn. High School Smart lays the groundwork for applying the science of learning to enhance the entire learning process.

Alan D. Castel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles

This compact book artfully communicates a powerful message: If you want to learn something, do what the real experts do. And then, in straightforward terms, it tells what actually works by providing a set of evidence-based guidelines and how to apply them in your own case. In other words, it's the best kind of self-help book—one that can actually help!

Donald J. Foss, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Houston Author of Your Complete Guide to College Success: How to Study Smart, Achieve Your Goals, and Enjoy Campus Life. Washington, D.C.: APA Books.

For the last seven years I have been inspiring students to take personal responsibility for their own educations—in a word, to become "autodidacts." Now I can tell them "how" to do it—read High School Smart. This is the book parents, teachers and students have been waiting for.

James W. Parkinson Esq., Author of Autodidactic: Self-Taught

Your brain is a learning machine, and as with any machine, it helps to have an instruction manual. Soderstrom has given us precisely that, in the form of this simple, powerful, and useful set of rules and tips that will benefit students, teachers, and parents alike.

Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent

Meet the author

Nicholas Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Nicholas (Nick) Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dickinson College. He received his doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology from Colorado State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an expert in human learning and memory and has been recognized for his excellence in both teaching and research.

Sam McMillan
Sam McMillan earned a Masters Degree in Teaching from Duke University and taught creative writing workshops as a Poet In the Schools in North Carolina. In the 1990s he designed the curriculum for the San Francisco State University Multimedia Studies Program in Digital Design and Production. Currently he is a contributing editor to Communication Arts and consults on brand strategy.

Thinking about the SAT/ACT?

Before you grab a Number 2 pencil, grab a copy of Study Smart. Whether you take the SAT or ACT, you'll find learning strategies designed to raise your score come test day.

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