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Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And Adhd Give You The Tools F Kindle Edition
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Provides students with plenty of tools to further each reader's personal idea of success.-- "Amazon.com, editorial review" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0031OQ0R4
- Publisher : Touchstone; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1259 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 509,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Learning Outside the Lines provides information on some basic study skills which would be very useful for those students that have never learned to study. Where I went to high school most-all of these were taught to us alongside the same tactics the authors deride (“Just study harder,” etc.). These are the same sorts of things you’ll be able to find doing a simple Google search for: “How to study well” (or) “how to become a good student,” things like: learning to compartmentalize assignments for greater manageability and maximizing information retention from textbook readings. The authors do make a point of allowing readers options to “individualize” their studying and education and to ‘take what works for you, burn the rest’ but will any of this actually specifically help someone with LD/ADHD? No.
What this book does contain is solid but there’s nothing in this book that doesn’t apply equally well to non-LD/ADHD people. The personal accounts, yes. The actual information, tips and guides, no. It seems to, almost, take for granted that the reader has, somehow, overcome their disability (and past/emotional relationship to school) and is now, in college, ready to begin as if they were never LD/ADHD and merely need to learn “how” to study. There’s not one bit of information on how the ADHD students who, according to the epilogue, could hardly even stand still into their 20s, managed to actually do the reading (skimming, it seems this book so frequently advises), the outlining, the research and the classroom participation required to follow this advice in the first place. There’s hardly any explanation for how a dyslexic student who couldn’t write until junior high became an Ivy League honors English Major, and much less any sort of “process” that could help others with different disorders follow in his footsteps. It’s as if in their climbing the ladder of education, now trying to help others up, they’ve forgotten the bottom rungs exist.
They include a pretty thorough description of effective study techniques. My only wish is that there was a "cheat sheet" summarizing a list of all of the strategies for specific learning situations. You have to weed through a lot of story-telling and description to find the strategies. Don't get me wrong, the stories and explanations are VERY important. It's just a bit challenging to find the Action Plan. Nonetheless, this is a great resource.
I found many useful tips, but I mostly appreciated the author's perspectives, often captured in interesting sound bites:
- Referring to study skills as "Power Tools"
- Explaining how to "unpack the lecture" in order to take good notes
- They are frank, but they are real: "Most study skills presented by teachers operate under the assumption that all teachers can lecture well."
- They are practical, endorsing what they call "Pragmatic personal learning."
- They emphasize efficiency: "Cover-to-cover reading is NOT the way to go..."
I am an expert in this field, and I am a big fan of this book! (By the way, it's GREAT for ALL students, not just students with ADHD/LD.)