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Michael Greenberg, M.A. - All books by this author

Painless Series - All books in this series

Titles in Barron’s Painless series are designed for middle school and high school students, helping them excel in subjects they might expect to be either hopelessly boring or excruciatingly difficult. The authors are all experienced teachers, adept at winning the hearts and minds of adolescents, and skillful in adding a light, humorous touch to even the heaviest and grimmest topics. Most kids hate to study, and homework is always a chore—but this book teaches them how to transform drudgery into interesting and productive projects. The author offers ideas for group learning projects, creating a stimulating study environment, and knowing how to read different kinds of books, from math to literature. He also advises on organizing ideas for writing assignments, and seeking help for difficult subjects.

  • You Can Manage Your Time
  • Homework: Practically a Misnomer
  • How to Read a Book (and You Thought You Knew!)
  • Taking Notes: Capturing the Content
  • Creating Wonderful Outlines
  • How to Study for Tests and Quizzes (and How to Ace Them)
  • Becoming a Better Writer
  • Putting It All Together: The Research Paper
  • Index

From the reviews:
“This book provides helpful information on topics such as time management, homework organization, note taking, creating outlines, studying for tests and quizzes, grammar, and writing a research paper. Each chapter is peppered with "Brain Ticklers," which are activities/questions to help students put their newly learned skills to use. Much of the information would be useful to students of any age and to parents and/or teachers who work with them on a daily basis. Greenberg's writing style is clear and interesting; he references pop culture and sports icons, which students will enjoy. The book is a solid resource for most libraries. Middle and high school students would also benefit from having a copy at home.”
—Sarah K. Allen, School Library Journal, September 2009


Paperback / 240 Pages / 6 x 9 / 2009


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