Following up on her acclaimed Teach Students How to Learn, that describes teaching strategies to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success, Saundra McGuire here presents these “secrets” direct to students.

Her message is that “Any student can use simple, straightforward strategies to start making A’s in their courses and enjoy a lifetime of deep, effective learning.”

Beginning with explaining how expectations about learning, and the study efforts required, differ between college and secondary school, the author introduces her readers, through the concept of metacognition, to the importance and powerful consequences of understanding themselves as learners. This framework and the recommended strategies that support it are useful for anyone moving on to a more advanced stage of education, so this book also has an intended audience of students preparing to go to high school, graduate school, or professional school.

In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom’s Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests.

With engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections, this book is an ideal motivational and practical text for study skills and first year experience courses.
Three friends. One slim chance to beat the streets. But even when you fight your way out by any means necessary, cold hard cash is still no guarantee you'll escape . . .

Secret. Penny. Isis. Two sisters, one best friend. Between neglectful parents and growing up in Miami's worst neighborhood, the three have had each others’ backs since forever. So there's nothing Secret won't do to grab the cash flow and glamorous lives she, innocent Penny, and idealistic Isis surely deserve. And she and lowlife fixer Kirk have the perfect plan: transfer rich folks’ wealth to new accounts, cleverly make withdrawals, and line their pockets . . .

Soon it's raining money, exclusive condos, fast cars—and major bad-news trouble. 'Cause Isis just found real love and now wants out of the game for good. And when a merciless enemy, a disastrous old scam-gone-bad, and unexpected betrayal turn the girls’ glittering world inside out, how far will they game each other—and risk their friendship—to survive?

Praise for Saundra’s Her Sweetest Revenge

“Mya is an amazing character and despite some of her choices, I rooted for her all the way.” —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

“An entertaining and drama-filled story. Saundra’s vivid depiction of this girl from Detroit makes this book an extremely fast read.” —RT Book Reviews

“Saundra writes page-turning experiences that readers feel. . . . Drama at its best, her character Mya is fearless.” —Tamika Newhouse, author of The Ultimate No-No series
Miriam, a freshman Calculus student at Louisiana State University, made 37.5% on her first exam but 83% and 93% on the next two. Matt, a first year General Chemistry student at the University of Utah, scored 65% and 55% on his first two exams and 95% on his third—These are representative of thousands of students who decisively improved their grades by acting on the advice described in this book.

What is preventing your students from performing according to expectations? Saundra McGuire offers a simple but profound answer: If you teach students how to learn and give them simple, straightforward strategies to use, they can significantly increase their learning and performance.

For over a decade Saundra McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past fifteen years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect.

The methods she proposes do not require restructuring courses or an inordinate amount of time to teach. They can often be accomplished in a single session, transforming students from memorizers and regurgitators to students who begin to think critically and take responsibility for their own learning.

Saundra McGuire takes the reader sequentially through the ideas and strategies that students need to understand and implement. First, she demonstrates how introducing students to metacognition and Bloom’s Taxonomy reveals to them the importance of understanding how they learn and provides the lens through which they can view learning activities and measure their intellectual growth. Next, she presents a specific study system that can quickly empower students to maximize their learning. Then, she addresses the importance of dealing with emotion, attitudes, and motivation by suggesting ways to change students’ mindsets about ability and by providing a range of strategies to boost motivation and learning; finally, she offers guidance to faculty on partnering with campus learning centers.

She pays particular attention to academically unprepared students, noting that the strategies she offers for this particular population are equally beneficial for all students.

While stressing that there are many ways to teach effectively, and that readers can be flexible in picking and choosing among the strategies she presents, Saundra McGuire offers the reader a step-by-step process for delivering the key messages of the book to students in as little as 50 minutes. Free online supplements provide three slide sets and a sample video lecture.

This book is written primarily for faculty but will be equally useful for TAs, tutors, and learning center professionals. For readers with no background in education or cognitive psychology, the book avoids jargon and esoteric theory.
STAY SCHEMING KIKI SWINSON Karlie Houston is broke, betrayed-and running from a bounty on her head. Turns out the real owners of the payday loan office she ripped off weren't cool with her idea of employment bennies. With her lover and friends gone, she's forced to take refuge with her cold-hearted grandmother. But with enemies closing in, Karlie's last chance to flip a killer script is ticking down to slim, none-and dead. WHO CAN YOU TRUST? SAUNDRA Struggling bank teller Porsha has no time for Cinderella fantasies. She's working overtime to keep her tragedy-struck family off the streets. But her new boyfriend, Game, is smart, seductive-and sure-thing successful. So why not work his rock-solid plan to steal from her bank? All she's got to lose is more than she can possibly imagine. Author bios: KIKI SWINSON is the national bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories. A star of the street lit genre-crime novels in an urban setting-Swinson's works feature resilient women making tough, and sometimes not quite legal, decisions to survive. Her novels, inspired by her experiences and a five-year stint in federal prison, have sold over 1 million copies. She completed her first novel while incarcerated and her second novel, Wifey, became the first book in one of today's best-selling street lit series. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and a former hustler's wife, Swinson resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Visit her online at KikiSwinson.net. SAUNDRA grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi, and now resides in Indiana with her husband and children. She started writing screenplays at the age of twelve and as an adult her need to create intensified. Saundra self-published her first novella, Owning Up, before being discovered by Delphine Publications. She is currently working on her next project. Visit her website at AuthorSaundra.com, or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @AuthorSaundra. Author Residence: Kiki Swinson: Virginia Beach, VA; Saundra: Fort Wayne, IN
Annie has just started her new job as emergency room administrator at Roosevelt Hospital. In her wildest dreams, she never expects December 8, 1980, to be her baptism by fire when John Lennon's bloodied body is carried into the ER over the shoulder of a policeman. Nor could she anticipate, moments later, the suspicious death of an elderly John Doe. As the old man's frail body is placed next to Lennon's in the morgue van, Annie believes her involvement in these two senseless deaths is over. It is not. As the media descends-including a cub reporter hell-bent on getting the story of the century-Annie's mettle is put to the test. During the chaotic week that follows, while the details of Lennon's murder develop, Annie becomes profoundly embroiled in the mystery of the old man. With his last ounce of strength he had attempted to communicate with her. When Annie discovers that Doe was deaf and was signing "murder," she feels compelled to investigate. Why would anyone kill a desperately poor, terminally ill, handicapped man? Coping with her own demons and driven by intense guilt, Annie jeopardizes her hard-earned position as administrator by questioning the ER physician's determination of "accidental death" on Doe's death certificate. As she follows her moral compass deep into Doe's world, she puts her beloved young daughter at risk. As if her days are not challenging enough, sparks fly with a former lover. Even as she bonds with the charge nurse, battles with a weathered NYPD detective, and keeps her worried fiance at bay, she follows the increasingly dangerous trail to the terrible truth: both Lennon and Doe's deaths were premeditated murder.
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