Thursday, January 14, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: How to Improve Study Habits (Tips to Starting College #2) by Christine Reidhead

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for How to Improve Study Habits by Christine Reidhead. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.  Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: How to Improve Study Habits
Series: Tips to Starting College #2
Author: Christine Reidhead
Publication Date: November 2nd 2020
Print Length: 242 pages
Genre: Young Adult Self Help
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For students 13 through college graduation, Christine Reidhead's guide to building study skills is an extremely important book for those who want to secure their future through good grades. Too many students' grades are falling, especially in a time when regular classrooms cannot fully open. Parents everywhere are at a loss regarding what to do with their responsibilities in the face of the increasing downturn in their children's grades. It seems as though, with the advent of social media, the attention of a lot of students has been shifted from their books to their smartphones or computers. Apart from social media, blame has also been put on a decline in the interest of students regarding education in general. Students, at the moment, do not have the motivation or zeal, as it seems, to even study.

Good study habits, or skills, are solutions to the problems experienced by students. This has been true for a long time, but the world is changing rapidly, which also means that the tools employed during study have to be changed in order to keep up.

This is especially true as a result of the covid-19 pandemic that has forced students to study and learn from home rather than in the classroom. E-Learning, or online learning, can be effective, but only if the student has the discipline and drive to succeed using the tools and materials they are provided by teachers. Without strong study skills the student will fall behind in the classroom. Online the failure to develop good study skills can be devastating, leading to an inability to achieve the success in life the student could otherwise achieve.

This excellent guide walks students through skills and habits which a student, or a person, employs while studying in order to make the most out of the experience. The kind of skills employed by a person, whether good or bad, determines how successful they will be in the process of learning, and Reidhead shows how to understand study skills, discover what kind of learner you are, develop great study skills, avoid bad study habits, identify the best places to study, and how to keep up with Online Learning during the current ovid-19 pandemic. It also helps parents and students to identify when certain students are studying excessively, harming the effectiveness of their studying.

This is a must book for students who want good grades. Both a guide and a self-help book, it can help any student of any age, middle school through graduate school, succeed in their classes whether they are held in a classroom or online.

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EXCERPT:
The preceding chapter mentioned that some people are auditory learners. There are also visual learners, kinesthetic learners, and even learners that learn best by reading. The differences stem from the fact that we all experience the world differently. Thus, the different ways we receive, retain, and use information also differs. 

Learning about the different types of learning methods is important because it helps educators know how to cater to the needs of every student in their class. It can also eliminate some students lagging behind simply because the mode of teaching in the class is not best for them. 

As a student, finding the type of learning style best suited for you is essential because it helps you know what works for you and what doesn't. The process of self-realization will eliminate many problems and help you focus your attention on the actual skills needed to excel academically. For instance, if you are an auditory learner, you will prioritize listening in class by taking notes. During your study time, it would be wise as an auditory learner, to listen to recordings, if the recordings are available, instead of reading. If auditory tapes are not available you will still have to read.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine Reidhead is a philanthropist, former basketball player, professor, writer, podcaster, and proud mother of two from Arizona. She is currently based in New Mexico, where she works and lives with her family. She is an avid educator who loves to encourage people to make a difference in their lives. She is the author of the book series Tips to Starting College. Her expansive portfolio as a podcast host is growing wider every month, as she discusses topics as diverse as leadership, sports, social change, education, tribal college movement and so much more. Podcast episodes are currently available on her website for people to enjoy. She is the author of GET THAT JOB! Ace Your Job Interview – Every Time! and How to Improve Study Habits.

Christine is passionate about international charity work, as well as helping people preserve their culture and share it with the world. She is the founder of AfrikRising, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical resources to African children who deal with poverty and starvation, not to mention a lack of educational opportunities and health risks. She also does a lot of work with Native American organizations and in Mexico. Currently, Christine is a board member of Habitat for Humanity supporting people in need abroad and close to home.

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GUEST POST:
- When did you decide to become a published author?
As an academic, becoming an author has been somewhat on the cards. It was just the right catalyst to start the process that was lacking at that time. The idea of books and writing has always been a part of the process for me. 

My high school essays were good enough, even though I did not think much about it at that time. I came into the world of academics with the burning desire to help my students reach the height of their capabilities and I was determined to do this in whatever way possible. This was all the catalyst I needed to get started with the writing process. 

As a university professor, I saw my students struggling and I knew I had to do something about it. That was where I turned to writing my book and turning into a published author. Becoming a published author became a matter of necessity and not something I did just for the fun of it. 

As an academic, I began to test some theories – how I studied In my own time and the kind of reward I got off it. I began to study some of my students who had less inertia to academics and I began to see a pattern. It was not good – the barrier to learning reduced but only very people were studying right. I felt I had to do something about it. Imagine having supportive parents, a circle of friends that inspire you to study and yet, still failing to study effectively? 

That was what brought me into writing this book. As you might already know, I have a deep-seated passion for helping others. I believe that everything we ever go through is to teach us a lesson, to teach us responsibility, and enrich our lives to help other people. I knew that beyond the challenges I had with studying, it was for such a time as this, to help my students. 

That was why I proceeded to write and I had to write knowing that my experience was going to help others. For me, even if it is just one person who read it and get to improve their study habit, I have just enough joy in my heart because I would have fulfilled the mission I set out to accomplish – to help others. Of course, I know there is going to be more. Already, the book is doing great and that is something I am happy about. 

This is for everyone out there, whatever your dream is, as long as it involves pouring yourself into others and helping them become better, it is valid. Press hard at it, it is going to be fulfilled. It might not even look like it right now but don’t stop! If someone told me a decade ago that I would write a book that would help other people study more effectively, I would have sneered. Today, that is the reality.
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GIVEAWAY:
Christine Reidhead will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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67 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

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  3. Sounds like a very helpful book.

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    1. It took quite a while. Especially adding the worksheets and guides in the back of the book.

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  5. Thanks for hosting and checking out my book!

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  6. thanks this sounds like a great book to read

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  7. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  8. My son could really use this book.

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    1. It's a great book for all ages. Thank you for your interest!

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  9. abfantom@Yahoo.comJanuary 14, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. This book would be a big help for those thinking of entering college.
    The cover is great.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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    1. It would be my students. I teach business in college and I see my students struggle. My books gear towards helping them be successful. Thank you for taking an interest in this book.

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  12. Your book sounds like it would be very helpful. It would be a great gift for those students still in high school so they would be well prepared for college.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. Looks like a very beneficial and worthwhile read!

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  14. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  15. Especially helpful to many during this time, thanks.

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  16. David HollingsworthJanuary 15, 2021 at 1:04 AM

    This sounds like a really intriguing book.

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  17. What was your most exciting writing moment?

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  18. What a wonderful book.. sharing this with my daughter-in-law for the children....

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  19. Good study habits lay an important foundation for learning. They will also prove to be valuable beyond school as they are applied to career experiences.

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  20. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. This is so great for the YA audience

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  22. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  23. Your book will be helpful for many tweens and teens as they plan their future educational paths.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. But would it help students with A.D.H.D. like both of my grown sons?

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  25. What question would you ask an author if you had to think up a question to ask them every single day for the rest of your life?

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  26. What a great resource for students, especially during the virtual school period!

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  27. It looks like an interesting read.

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  28. What's your main character doing today?

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