Catalyst: Dynamically Balanced Study Skills

The Catalyst:  Dynamically Balanced Study Skills program is an update to the Study Skills for School Success 2.0 Program.  It contains all the information of the Study Skills for School Success 2.0 program plus additional study tips from students, additional study information, and a new section on take-home examinations.

Please take a moment and read the following so you will understand how this program can help you.

Look, I get it. Everyone really wants a "magic bullet" for studying that requires little effort, no sacrifice, and guaranteed results. When I was in high school, I know I did, but trust me, it doesn't exist.  Please read on, and I think you will get a sense of this program and how it can help you.

There is universal agreement that education, studying and learning are about personal responsibility. This highly effective, proven program has always emphasized the principle of personal responsibility as fundamental to being successful in your studies. I show you how to do it.

If you want to be successful in school, there are things you should do, and there are lots of things that are ineffective and inefficient when it comes to studying AND learning. What really counts is not just technique, but motivation. In this program, I give you what I believe to be the ideal blend of the best, effective study techniques and ways to get and stay motivated.  Either one without the other isn't very effective. This new version includes an added component, aptly called "What Motivates You?" 

You may not want to hear this, but in order to become successful in school, sometimes you've got to ditch your old habits and unproductive attitudes. It is like rebooting your brain, because doing the same things over and over and not improving means you have a problem! The problem is going through the motions, engaging in the illusion of studying, and thinking that's enough. I've helped countless students recognize this problem and make changes that made a big difference in their grades. There's studying, and then there's effective studying.  Success in school requires effective studying. Effective studying results in learning.

About the author

As a middle school and high school teacher, director of a college office of academic and student services, university professor and adviser to over 500 college students in my career I bring real-life experience to what  I write and recommend.. I have developed and administered over 1000 tests, including multiple choice, matching, fill-in the blank, short answer, essay, reports and projects. I've also read and graded many thousands of papers, essays, doctoral qualifying exams, and reports, and proofread over 20 doctoral dissertations. When it comes to studying and learning, I know what works and what doesn't.  I have seen it first hand, and please, take it from me, there is no "magic formula" that will guarantee success. Your success is ultimately up to you to become more efficient and effective in your study process, and to both get and stay motivated.  The Catalyst: Balanced Study Skills program will show you what really works and what doesn't so you don't waste your valuable time. That's the main idea behind this effective program that runs on your computer and also includes a printer-friendly version. The program is written in html, the most popular language for web pages, which means you can easily adjust the settings of your browser to suit your viewing preferences. Study skills programs from ADPRIMA are used by hundreds of schools and colleges and thousands of students.