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SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time

Author: Susan Kruger

Title: SOAR Study Skills; A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time

ISBN: 0977428001

ISBN13: 978-0977428007

Publisher: Grand Lighthouse Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 2017)

Language: English

Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life

Size pdf version: 1479 kb

Size epub version: 1791 kb

Size fb2 version: 1220 kb

Rating: 4.5/5

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Reviews (7)
Phenade
Purchased this for my 14-year old as she enters high school. Hoping to help her identify study/comprehension skills that will be great tools to use in her high school career. She is doing the exercises and reading it without any direction from me! She even presented me with one of the challenges on observation. This has been a plus for her summertime reading. Hopefully it will help her in this next chapter.

I would recommend this book to parents looking to give their kids the tools to be successful.
Phenade
Purchased this for my 14-year old as she enters high school. Hoping to help her identify study/comprehension skills that will be great tools to use in her high school career. She is doing the exercises and reading it without any direction from me! She even presented me with one of the challenges on observation. This has been a plus for her summertime reading. Hopefully it will help her in this next chapter.

I would recommend this book to parents looking to give their kids the tools to be successful.
MARK BEN FORD
This was a great resource. I developed a study skills curriculum from some of the concepts from this book. Nice and easy applicable concepts!
MARK BEN FORD
This was a great resource. I developed a study skills curriculum from some of the concepts from this book. Nice and easy applicable concepts!
Mr Freeman
I use this book with fifth and six graders in small study skills groups. I really like the way the lessons are broken down and made relevant and practical for kids. I did adapt some of the lessons/materials for my specific needs, but overall, it's a very useful tool.
Mr Freeman
I use this book with fifth and six graders in small study skills groups. I really like the way the lessons are broken down and made relevant and practical for kids. I did adapt some of the lessons/materials for my specific needs, but overall, it's a very useful tool.
Gavirus
I ordered this for myself it is the required book for an Education course I am taking in college. I have just begun using it, but I really like how it reads so far. I hope to utilize the skills in my education as well as my children's education.
Gavirus
I ordered this for myself it is the required book for an Education course I am taking in college. I have just begun using it, but I really like how it reads so far. I hope to utilize the skills in my education as well as my children's education.
Wenaiand
I got this because my 10 year old son had a couple of grades drop this quarter, and in talking to him, it was not because he found the topics difficult, but rather because he was not studying adequately, and was not studying adequately in part because these two courses are heavily reliant on handouts rather than textbooks, and he was losing all of his handouts! He's in a gifted program in which the materials are often handouts to supplement, so this problem was only going to increase. I bought this as well as two other books (I tend to over-research/bombard problems; the lawyer in me). While it's early yet, I probably could have done with just this book. I think it's worth its weight in gold.

The book basically presents a system for organizing and doing better. SOAR stands for Set goals, Organize, Ask questions, and Record your progress. It takes you and the child through prioritizing, setting personal and academic goals, organizing your school gear and your study space, study skills, including how to maximize textbook reading, paper writing, interacting with teachers, taking notes, and taking tests, and tracking progress. And while it might sound daunting, it's done so that it's fun and motivating, shockingly.

My son was kind of the classic, work on homework for 2 hours then forget to turn it in the next day, or cram everything into the bookbag and it gets lost and crumpled in the bottom kid. The binder system prescribed in this book nips that in the bud. His classroom has a general system that uses a bunch of folders for different things (the teacher doesn't take the folders up or anything, so we didn't have to buck the system to opt otherwise). This doesn't really work well for my son, as he will forget to bring home one folder or another. Well, the system prescibed by this book involves one binder with pockets on the inside covers, to which you add very thin double pocketed folders (available at any Staples or similar store), one for each subject, looseleaf paper for notetaking, and grade tracking sheets in the book that can be copied and put into the binder behind each folder. It also recommends use of a weekly planner, though not just any planner will do; it gives explanation for best kind to use and how to use it. It also gives you sample planner sheets which you can use for reference or, if you want, copy and use in the binder. The basic point is that no matter what document he produces or gets at school, there is a place for it in that binder.

So my son and I read through the book together. We both excitedly went out and got the binder materials that day and put that system to work immediately. So now my son knows that any paper he gets at school or has to turn in will go in that binder. There's one pocket for anything that needs action at home, from homework to things to be signed. There's a folder for each subject, and one pocket in it is for work to turn in, the other is for handouts and study aids. There's the loose leaf paper for taking notes on any subject, after which he puts those notes behind the appropriate folder (the folders are tabbed and double as dividers), and whenever he gets a test back, he logs it on the grade tracking sheet so that we always know where he stands in that class. Pocket on inside back binder cover is for miscellaneous things, like his monthly cafeteria menu. We also got the prescibed file crate and files so that he can empty the subject folders into the corresponding subject files once he is tested on a topic. All his old papers stay in the file crate at least until the grading period ends, so that in case his teacher makes a mistake, we have all of the old tests and quizzes to reference.

My son felt instantly better about his prospects; now he is firmly in control. My son is one who likes rules anyway, so having a place for everything and everything in its place makes him feel jazzed.

So, that's just the binder system. The tips on using textbooks, interacting with teachers, writing papers, and taking tests were similarly awesome. My son had a paper due Friday. He excels in writing, so I didn't think the tips here would be that useful. However, they were. They helped him to write a paper that was quite focused, had a lot of good support, and was well-organized. His papers usually are, but he produced this one in MUCH less time than usual.

My son was apprehensive about an upcoming test in one of the topics he'd been doing poorly in, so I went with him through the textbook review procedure outlined in the book. We did it together in just the day before the test, which was when the SOAR book came in the mail, and when I asked him later how the test went, he happily said that this study procedure really works, because there were no surprises on this test. He predicted an A or B+, minimum. So literally in just a day, he went from dreading the test to excitedly looking forward to excelling on future ones in this subject. What more can you ask for? We both predicted that this class is going to become one of his best, because in truth, it has a great textbook that really works with the program, he just wasn't using it to his advantage.

Bottom line: Get the book; you won't be sorry. We've only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.
Wenaiand
I got this because my 10 year old son had a couple of grades drop this quarter, and in talking to him, it was not because he found the topics difficult, but rather because he was not studying adequately, and was not studying adequately in part because these two courses are heavily reliant on handouts rather than textbooks, and he was losing all of his handouts! He's in a gifted program in which the materials are often handouts to supplement, so this problem was only going to increase. I bought this as well as two other books (I tend to over-research/bombard problems; the lawyer in me). While it's early yet, I probably could have done with just this book. I think it's worth its weight in gold.

The book basically presents a system for organizing and doing better. SOAR stands for Set goals, Organize, Ask questions, and Record your progress. It takes you and the child through prioritizing, setting personal and academic goals, organizing your school gear and your study space, study skills, including how to maximize textbook reading, paper writing, interacting with teachers, taking notes, and taking tests, and tracking progress. And while it might sound daunting, it's done so that it's fun and motivating, shockingly.

My son was kind of the classic, work on homework for 2 hours then forget to turn it in the next day, or cram everything into the bookbag and it gets lost and crumpled in the bottom kid. The binder system prescribed in this book nips that in the bud. His classroom has a general system that uses a bunch of folders for different things (the teacher doesn't take the folders up or anything, so we didn't have to buck the system to opt otherwise). This doesn't really work well for my son, as he will forget to bring home one folder or another. Well, the system prescibed by this book involves one binder with pockets on the inside covers, to which you add very thin double pocketed folders (available at any Staples or similar store), one for each subject, looseleaf paper for notetaking, and grade tracking sheets in the book that can be copied and put into the binder behind each folder. It also recommends use of a weekly planner, though not just any planner will do; it gives explanation for best kind to use and how to use it. It also gives you sample planner sheets which you can use for reference or, if you want, copy and use in the binder. The basic point is that no matter what document he produces or gets at school, there is a place for it in that binder.

So my son and I read through the book together. We both excitedly went out and got the binder materials that day and put that system to work immediately. So now my son knows that any paper he gets at school or has to turn in will go in that binder. There's one pocket for anything that needs action at home, from homework to things to be signed. There's a folder for each subject, and one pocket in it is for work to turn in, the other is for handouts and study aids. There's the loose leaf paper for taking notes on any subject, after which he puts those notes behind the appropriate folder (the folders are tabbed and double as dividers), and whenever he gets a test back, he logs it on the grade tracking sheet so that we always know where he stands in that class. Pocket on inside back binder cover is for miscellaneous things, like his monthly cafeteria menu. We also got the prescibed file crate and files so that he can empty the subject folders into the corresponding subject files once he is tested on a topic. All his old papers stay in the file crate at least until the grading period ends, so that in case his teacher makes a mistake, we have all of the old tests and quizzes to reference.

My son felt instantly better about his prospects; now he is firmly in control. My son is one who likes rules anyway, so having a place for everything and everything in its place makes him feel jazzed.

So, that's just the binder system. The tips on using textbooks, interacting with teachers, writing papers, and taking tests were similarly awesome. My son had a paper due Friday. He excels in writing, so I didn't think the tips here would be that useful. However, they were. They helped him to write a paper that was quite focused, had a lot of good support, and was well-organized. His papers usually are, but he produced this one in MUCH less time than usual.

My son was apprehensive about an upcoming test in one of the topics he'd been doing poorly in, so I went with him through the textbook review procedure outlined in the book. We did it together in just the day before the test, which was when the SOAR book came in the mail, and when I asked him later how the test went, he happily said that this study procedure really works, because there were no surprises on this test. He predicted an A or B+, minimum. So literally in just a day, he went from dreading the test to excitedly looking forward to excelling on future ones in this subject. What more can you ask for? We both predicted that this class is going to become one of his best, because in truth, it has a great textbook that really works with the program, he just wasn't using it to his advantage.

Bottom line: Get the book; you won't be sorry. We've only had it for under a week, and it has already proven its worth 10 times over.
Zainn
This book was just what we needed! Althought we went through the chapters together, love that it is written at my child's level for easy understanding and application.
Zainn
This book was just what we needed! Althought we went through the chapters together, love that it is written at my child's level for easy understanding and application.
YSOP
Great resource for students.
YSOP
Great resource for students.
My 10-year-old daughter has ADHD and is extremely disorganized. She usually ends up with piles of papers in her backpack, binder and desk and loses homework and notes regularly. I thought about getting her an Organizational Coach to teach her how to handle schoolwork, but decided to try a book first. I was very impressed with the methods taught in this book. It is written by a person who struggled with organization and learned these skills. It motivates kids by showing them how much easier life will be if they follow the simple steps.

S.O.A.R. stands for "Set Goals", "Organize", "Ask Questions", and "Record your Progress". The "Set Goals" section talks about making priorities so you can fit in work and fun stuff as well. The "Organize" section was extremely helpful, By using the calendar properly, students will know what is due and can prioritize their time. By setting up one binder and placing paperwork in the proper place, homework will no longer get lost in the shuffle. The "Ask Questions" section was helpful in teaching how to take notes, read textbooks, study for and take tests, and write papers. The "Record your Progress" section encourages kids to track their grades so they can monitor their goals and recognizing their achievements.

I am very pleased with the book and looking forward to an easier school-year.
My 10-year-old daughter has ADHD and is extremely disorganized. She usually ends up with piles of papers in her backpack, binder and desk and loses homework and notes regularly. I thought about getting her an Organizational Coach to teach her how to handle schoolwork, but decided to try a book first. I was very impressed with the methods taught in this book. It is written by a person who struggled with organization and learned these skills. It motivates kids by showing them how much easier life will be if they follow the simple steps.

S.O.A.R. stands for "Set Goals", "Organize", "Ask Questions", and "Record your Progress". The "Set Goals" section talks about making priorities so you can fit in work and fun stuff as well. The "Organize" section was extremely helpful, By using the calendar properly, students will know what is due and can prioritize their time. By setting up one binder and placing paperwork in the proper place, homework will no longer get lost in the shuffle. The "Ask Questions" section was helpful in teaching how to take notes, read textbooks, study for and take tests, and write papers. The "Record your Progress" section encourages kids to track their grades so they can monitor their goals and recognizing their achievements.

I am very pleased with the book and looking forward to an easier school-year.

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