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How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition

Professor Michael Geisen, M.A.
National Teacher of the Year

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How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition

Course No. 1050
Professor Michael Geisen, M.A.
National Teacher of the Year
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What Will You Learn?

  • Discover your particular learning style, and learn how to mine its specific strengths to ensure success.
  • Understand how to organize and prioritize homework and class projects.
  • Develop research skills, including pre-searching, searching, evaluating, and organizing.
  • Learn how to take notes effectively in order to avoid missing out on what's being covered in class.
  • Discover how to prepare for different types of tests, and learn effective strategies to use while taking them.
  • If you're a parent, learn how to better manage your child's education and improve his or her chance of success.

Course Overview

The number one problem facing many high-school students: They haven't been taught how to learn. Because our current educational system focuses on test results, on making sure students memorize the facts and material needed to pass standardized tests, few students are deliberately taught about learning—about developing the particular mind-set and using the specific skills that can help them graduate with exemplary grades and an exemplary mind.

In fact, learning is a skill that your student can easily make a part of his or her everyday life and use as a powerful tool for success, both inside and outside the classroom. All it takes is a mastery of research-proven strategies, including

  • recognizing one's learning style, and tapping into its specific strengths;
  • taking notes effectively to avoid missing out on what's being covered in class;
  • knowing how to organize and prioritize homework and class projects;
  • solving problems with creativity and critical thinking; and
  • approaching tests with focus, thorough preparation, and confidence.

Professor Michael Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, has spent his teaching career showing thousands of students these and other skills. And with How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition, he can give your own student the same vital skills that will carry him or her through high school, college, and well into the challenges of adult life. This highly engaging 12-lecture course is a commonsense guide to learning, one that addresses the areas that students have the most difficulty with—and that parents show the most concern about. Packed with advice, tips, tricks, and resources, this masterfully updated version of our highly popular study guide course has the power to transform your student's education into a world-class learning experience.

A Ready Aid Designed for Any Student

Professor Geisen believes that success in school is about being a strong learner. He's designed How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition to be a powerful reference tool for your student, whether he or she is

  • struggling in a particular subject area and looking for a new way to approach it,
  • getting by in class but looking for the boost that will turn him or her into an outstanding student, or
  • making the grade already and seeking to strengthen his or her competitive edge.

Professor Geisen knows the problems and pitfalls that can often leave students discouraged about school. Most important: He knows exactly how to counteract that discouragement and make learning not just worthwhile but fun. The course features whimsical animations, detailed demonstrations, and moments of humor—all designed to help capture your student's attention and emphasize the joy to be found in learning.

Plus—A Bonus Disc Designed Just for Parents

Every copy of How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition comes with an additional six lectures, which Professor Geisen has designed specifically for the parents of middle- and high-school students. This Parents' Guide covers concepts and tips backed up by academic research, years of teaching experience, and input from other teachers, parents, and students. These include

  • how to help your student with his or her homework,
  • how to effectively communicate your student's needs to teachers,
  • how to prepare your student for college and the future, and
  • how to raise your student with balance, confidence, and humility.

"You're the person who knows your child best," Professor Geisen—a parent himself—remarks at the start of these additional lectures. "Therefore, you need to be an integral part of the process."

And you can start by giving your student the keys to success in learning with How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition. Filled with all the best practices students who want to win need to know, these lectures will forever change the way your student, and even you, think about education.

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18 lectures
 |  33 minutes each
Year Released: 2011
  • 1
    Understanding Your Unique Intelligence
    In this introductory lecture, students learn what intelligence is, how it reveals itself in multiple ways (including visual, spatial, interpersonal, and logical intelligence), and several characteristics that all great students share. x
  • 2
    Developing Effective Habits in Class
    Students explore three keys to success in the classroom: preparing, participating, and taking good notes. How can they make preparing for class quick and simple? How can they participate in class without looking “dorky”? What are the best ways to take notes while still paying attention to what’s going on in class? x
  • 3
    Working Cooperatively in Groups
    Professor Geisen focuses on the techniques of effective group work. Students discover how to structure their group to use everyone’s strengths; how to avoid the dangers of insensitivity by communicating with tact; and how to reach a consensus using a variety of methods, including dot voting and weighted voting. x
  • 4
    Managing Time and Organizing Spaces
    By navigating their busy lives more effectively, students can free up more time and space for true learning—and things they really like to do. First, students will bust the myth that multitasking actually works. Then, they’ll develop strategies for planning and prioritizing activities. Finally, they’ll learn some secrets to keeping themselves—and their work—organized. x
  • 5
    Taking Charge of Homework
    Here, Professor Geisen gives students tips for creating the perfect study environment, offers them study techniques that fit with their unique learning style, and demonstrates ways to take truly effective notes. x
  • 6
    Developing a Creative Mind
    Students take a closer look at play, risk, trust, and other mind-sets needed for creative thinking, as well as practical techniques for brainstorming, using a different viewpoint, and changing their environment. x
  • 7
    Thinking Critically
    Students turn to the second half of thinking: critical thinking, where they decide what to do with all their ideas. They explore how to evaluate evidence, recognize bias, distance themselves from emotions, use logic and reasoning, and much more. x
  • 8
    Diving into Research
    The ability to research effectively is a huge factor in students' success. Professor Geisen guides them through the process of pre-searching, searching, evaluating, and organizing. They’ll also get tips for working with the wide range of sources available to the 21st-century student. x
  • 9
    Writing Well
    Whatever kind of learning style students have, all it takes to strengthen and improve their writing is following a series of guidelines and techniques. They’ll discover the secrets to choosing powerful words, building effective paragraphs, organizing entire essays, spending the right amount of time drafting and editing their work, and more. x
  • 10
    Delivering Dynamic Presentations
    Develop an opening hook that takes advantage of a startling image or fact. Organize your speech or presentation the way you would organize a research paper. Make sure to use visual aids sparingly but effectively. These are just three of the many strategies students will find here for delivering dynamic presentations. x
  • 11
    Taking Control of Tests
    In this lecture, students find out what it takes to perform at their best when the stakes are high: taking tests. They’ll learn how to prepare themselves for various types of tests, focus their studying on what they need to know, combat test anxiety, attack tests with a clear strategy, learn from their wrong answers, and more. x
  • 12
    Finding Balance
    Students learn the importance of maintaining balance in their lives. Professor Geisen’s pointed advice includes getting more efficient with their time, cutting back on things that prevent them from achieving their goals, and diving deep into a couple of activities they really love to do. x
  • 13
    Managing Your Child’s Education
    The most important teacher in a student’s life: his or her parents. Professor Geisen shows you how to become a true learner, why most learning happens outside the classroom, and how you can adapt to the continually changing landscape of 21st-century education. x
  • 14
    Understanding How We Learn
    Approach learning with wisdom from neuroscience and educational research. How do our brains assimilate information? What can you do when your student is out of his or her comfort zone on an assignment? How can you help your student embrace his or her learning style? x
  • 15
    Helping with Homework
    Discover how to create the perfect mood, space, and time for your student’s academic success; how to help your student with homework—and how much help to give; and what to do when you don’t have the answers. x
  • 16
    Working with Teachers
    Professor Geisen reveals the two foundations of a solid parent-teacher relationship, offers tips to improve communication, and provides options for effectively handling problems and complaints. x
  • 17
    Preparing for College and the Future
    How you talk about and expose your student to college makes a huge difference in how he or she approaches this subject. Which post-high-school option is best for your child? What are colleges looking for in applicants? Find the answers to these questions and more. x
  • 18
    Parenting with Balance
    Professor Geisen offers you candid advice on being the best parent you can be—all from the perspective of his role as a teacher. You’ll find tips and exercises to ensure that you’re inspiring, not forcing, your child to learn and live a responsible life. x

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  • Multiple intelligences survey

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Michael Geisen, M.A.
National Teacher of the Year
Professor Michael Geisen was selected from among millions of public-school educators to serve as the National Teacher of the Year in 2008. In this position, he traveled nationally and internationally as an ambassador for the teaching profession, helping educators, policymakers, and community members meet the needs of high-school students in a rapidly changing 21st-century world. Professor Geisen was a middle-school science...
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 32 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Packed Full of Great Advice My daughter is entering middle school, so I decided to watch this course with her to, hopefully, give her an advantage in her studies. The course includes twelve lectures for the students and six for the parents. The professor gives very practical advice ranging from how to handle group projects to managing homework to preparing for tests, including test-taking techniques. This course is aimed mostly at a high school audience, so my daughter was a bit young for some of the material though I still think she learned a lot that can be put into practice at her level. We will watch the course again before she enters high school—maybe even a couple more times. The teacher was enthusiastic and relatable. He gave tremendous advice. In a lot of ways, he did not say anything that I have not told my daughter many times, but there is a distinct advantage to someone else telling her the same thing—somehow it's more believable coming from the guy on TV than from dad. I asked my daughter what she thought was best from the course, and she told me it was the advice on dealing with group projects, something she hates. The group project lecture gave practical advice such as techniques for dividing up the work in a group and communicating effectively. My daughter put the advice into practice the week after seeing the lesson when a summer camp she participated in required extensive group work. I was happy when she came home after camp telling me how she used some of the techniques from this course to make the group work better. I would recommend this course to anyone with a student. July 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super clear and helpful for intermediate school students to prepare for higher level of education in the future. Hope they still can remember and apply those February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by inspiring This course held the interest of my high-energy sixth grader while emphasizing good school habits. The content is immediately relevant and will be excellent to review and apply periodically throughout the next few years as well. The instructor is very creative and humorous, while covering a lot of ground in each session. The classes move quickly but cover each topic well in the allotted tome. I recommend this highly. February 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Motivating I showed this to my 11 year old daughter, and it motivated her to make some changes and organize her study and life habits. Many of the suggestions the presenter made are things that I implemented myself growing up, but it is more effective sometimes for a different person to tell your children the same thing. The presenter uses a variety of cartoons and images to help motivate kids. It is not a dry lecture. I also like the lectures for parents. It helps parents keep motivated and encourages them to consider how their own behaviors may be impacting their children's development. January 11, 2015
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