Teaching and studying have never been easy, and COVID-19 has made this even worse. With pandemics like this, there is very little we could do rather than adapting and surviving. E-learning or online learning is one such paradigm change that we encountered recently, and author Christine Reidhead has done a remarkable job by releasing such a timely creation “How to Improve Study Habits”
The book would be equally important to both students and teachers, and the author presents content on many important areas such as Study Skills, Types of learners, Time management, and also few topics on excessive studying. The book will help students of any age, with its simple and easy to follow writing style, and I felt the book was of perfect length as well. It was a great self-help book, and let me conclude by quoting the author herself. “The way we study and how well we strategize for our study is important. Taking notes is not enough. Without adequate study skills to effectively internalize information, we are left in the same position prior to our studying.”
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.
About the Author
Educator and Humanitarian, Christine Reidhead, is an Assistant Professor and the Founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, AfrikRising. The youngest of five children, she was born in Mesa, Arizona to Phyllis and Daniel Cluff. After graduating from Benson High School in 1997, she attended Pima Community College where she played on the college’s basketball team. After transferring to Eastern Arizona College, Christine continued to play basketball and earned an Associate’s degree in General Studies in 2004. She then went on to attend Prescott College, where in 2009, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, before also earning her Master’s of Science in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix. Now at Grand Canyon University, she is just one year away from completing the school’s Doctoral Leadership and Organizational Development program.
During Christine’s professional career, she has used her academics to gain several roles in the field of education, starting in 2011, she began working as an Accountant with Navajo Technical University. This position opened the door for her to then serve as a Director of Athletics, Wellness Center Manager and Contracts and Grants Manager with the same university. Today, she now works as the university’s Assistant Professor of Business and Program Manager for the Department of Transportation Grant. She is also a Business Department Chair and Faculty Vice President.
Alongside these roles, Christine serves her own nonprofit organization, AfrikRising, which provides critical resources to the children of Africa who face starvation, educational limitations, and health disparities. Whether it is in her own local community or multiple populations across the world, it has always been her desire to help others, especially children. Following this desire, Christine currently sits on the Board for Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise of Albuquerque. She also hosts her own podcasts which focus on nonprofits, advocacy, the Tribal College Movement and sports talk. Outside of this and her career, she works tirelessly in serving as a positive example for her two amazing sons. It is her mission to make for certain that they always know the importance of education and feel the joy of helping those who need it most.