Mr D’s Lessons For Life: Become the Architect of Your Own Destiny!

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STOP ‘JELLYFISHING AROUND’ AND BECOME THE ARCHITECT OF YOUR OWN DESTINY!

The author’s experience in dealing with teenagers has led to this attempt to draw together a number of essential adolescent life skills. Such topics as motivation, setting goals, risk taking, becoming an adult, diet and nutrition, commitment, self-discipline, hurdles that teenagers need to overcome, improving IQ scores, helpful websites and much more.
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About the author

Geoff Dieckmann has been teaching for over 40 years in both co-educational and single sex (male) secondary schools within Queensland, Australia. He also enjoyed a year’s lecturing at The Ealing College of Higher Education which is attached to the University of West London. While his main teaching areas have been Accounting, Business Studies and Economics, he has also taught English, Geography and Mathematics at secondary level. He also makes use of his Accountancy Degree to work, part time, during the tax season in the preparation of individual Tax Returns. He has always maintained an intense interest in study skills, exam skills, life skills etc. in an attempt to put ‘older heads’ on younger shoulders.
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Publisher
Australian eBook Publisher
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Published on
Jul 16, 2014
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Pages
146
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ISBN
9781925029970
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Secondary
Self-Help / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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