Hicks’ Guide to Better Grades

By Todd Hicks, Founder of Skill Development Institute


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About the book

Learn to study and improve your reading comprehension skills as you read this book. Many powerful study examples are provided.


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Book Summary


This book is designed for people of all ages. Below is a summary.


The Basics: You will learn all the little things you must do in class and at home.


How to Write a Term Paper: You will grasp the fundamentals of writing a term paper.


Creative Writing: You will discover how to build intrigue and persuade your reader.


Who, What, Where, When, Why and How: You will be taught how to focus on your material like a journalist.


Similarities and Differences: You will learn how to find similarities and differences between topics.


Repetition: You will boost your memory. You will learn how to prevent being caught off guard on a test.


The True-False Format: You will master the art of anticipating true-false questions.


Contexts: You will boost your comprehension. You will learn how to focus on everything you read and learn through various angles. You will learn how to think critically.



















The Basics


- Attend all of your classes. It is very important to do this because teachers can clarify information in the book you might not understand, plus teachers will often base a large portion of a test on what they discussed in class.


- Take notes in all your classes no matter what. You’ll usually remember only a fraction of what you hear.


- Use shorthand when taking notes in class. For example, if your teacher says

“Representation is how you portray someone,” you could write “represntatn is hw you prtray smeone.”


- If you don’t understand something that was said in the lecture, ask the teacher questions about it during or after the class period.


- If you are a college student, visit your instructor during his or her office hours if you do not understand something from the lectures or textbook.


- If your school has tutoring labs for certain subjects, visit them if you need help.


- Keep all tests, handouts and notes throughout the semester because you might need them to study for a mid-term exam or final exam.


- Never study while sleepy. If you are sleepy, take a nap before studying.


- Take a break lasting at least four minutes after studying for a period of thirty to thirty-five minutes because the brain tends to tire after studying for this amount of time.

Getting up once in awhile will increase your circulation and help you concentrate better.


- Study for a test the last two or three nights before going to bed. Studying at night is more effective because you will not encounter events or other things that might cause you to forget what you studied.


- Hold the textbook up straight because your eyes tend to shift to material above the sentence you are trying to read if you read the book from a flat angle.


- Highlight or take notes on anything you find important in the textbook.


- Pay attention to all subheadings and captions in the textbook.


- You should usually only read the first few sentences of a paragraph because a paragraph usually only provides relevant information in the first few sentences.


- Always read the entire summary at the end of the chapter.


- Compare and contrast what you learn with your own experiences.


- Practice writing what you remember for terms and definitions you have trouble memorizing without looking at your notes or textbook.


- Start working on term papers at least three or four weeks before they are due.









































How to Write a Term Paper

This chapter focuses on the fundamentals of writing a term paper. You should start the paper with a thesis and explain the paper’s purpose and focus. It is important to make the paper center around the thesis. In addition, the paragraphs should be indented, double-spaced and connected. Things your paper should exclude are wordiness, redundancy,

repetitiveness, contractions, run-on sentences and words and phrases such as “that” and “I feel…” The paper should be summarized in the conclusion. Finally, references must be properly cited throughout the paper and in the bibliography.

To give you an example of how to do these things, I am including term papers I have written. The first term paper I am covering is an assignment I did for my Freshman Composition class in college. Here it is:

“My Work on Criminal Studies”

Culture is the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties through education. Criminal studies focuses on the science of crime as a social phenomenon regarding criminals and their penal treatment. (My instructor made a mark through the word ‘the’ between the words ‘developing’ and ‘intellectual’ – this is an example of wordiness.)

My topic is important because a lot of people are afraid of crime and criminals. I want to learn what reduces crime. (The phrase “My topic is important because” had a line put through it because it is too wordy. My instructor also put a line through the second sentence – this must have been done to show the irrelevancy of including my personal desire; furthermore, I would have provided a good thesis substituting the second sentence by saying “The paper will focus on reducing crime.”)

Social classes, family situations, age, unemployment and drug use are important factors in crime prevention. Assessing these factors benefits


Verlag: BookRix GmbH & Co. KG

Tag der Veröffentlichung: 12.02.2018
ISBN: 978-3-7438-5590-8

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