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The Everything Guide to Study Skills

Here’s something worth learning: Studying doesn’t have to be a chore! This fun and accessible resource provides the tools you need to develop better study habits, boost your grades, and position yourself for academic success. Educational consultant Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick uses a wide range of ideas taken from hundreds of students to help you find a unique, effective method suited for your individual learning style.

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Parents Learn ABCs of College Admission

by L.B. Editor Feb. 5, 2015 A panelist with experience navigating college entry provided reassuring advice about an anxiety-ridden rite of passage for parents and their children at the PTA’s Coffee Break talk last week. Participants included representatives of the high school counseling department and community college, a private college counselor and author, and a private standardized test prep provider. Parents learned that Laguna Beach High School provides ample help navigating the process if they can take advantage of the annual College Round Up, which hosts more than 100 college representatives for an open-house in Dugger Gym. Additionally, nearly 90 college reps visit the school for more intimate meetings with interested students. Each student can also take advantage of an online tool, Naviance, to stay organized, take interest inventories, research colleges or enrichment programs, sign-up for meetings with visiting college reps, or standardized tests, etc. Push button for full... read more

Coffee Break: How to Get Into College

Kate Rogers/Coastline Pilot February 5, 2015 Getting into college can be one of the most anxiety-producing rites of passage for parents and their children. In response, PTA’s Coffee Break hosted a panel Wednesday to discuss college acceptance tips. Participants included two representatives of Laguna Beach High School’s counseling department, a local community college counseling official, a private college counselor and author, and a private provider of standardized-test preparation. Dawn Hunnicut, a college and career specialist, emphasized the value of campus visits that provide an opportunity to start a relationship with someone from one’s dream school. Read the full... read more

Harbor Day School Presentation: “A Guide to Study Skills” November 29, 2012 Harbor Day parent, author, and educational consultant Cynthia Muchnick presented her strategies, tips, and tools to succeed in school to a packed room of parents on Thursday, November 29. While the focus of her most recent book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” is equipping middle-to-high-school age students with what they need to know to meet their potential in school, Cindy provided ample advice for parents of children in younger grades as well.     Read the Full... read more

Coffee Break: Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education Series

October 2012: Cynthia Muchnick “A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School” Talk will cover:  The unwritten “rules” of high school and, How Parents can: Help your child cultivate positive teacher relationships Support and Facilitate Good Study Skills Plan college prep in high school (thinking ahead!) Help your teen cultivate good time management Identify  Student “jobs” vs. Parent “jobs” An accomplished educator, author and educational consultant, Cindy Muchnik has conducted numerous workshops locally and across the country on steps to high school success, study skills, and college essay writing.  More than 40,000 copies of her newest book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” have been sold. As a successful educational consultant, Cindy has had a profound impact on high school students who she has assisted with all aspects of the college application process.  Her clients have been admitted to prestigious schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Yale, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vassar, all UC schools, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, The Claremont Colleges, Cornell, Tufts, Georgetown, University of Texas, University of Michigan, Columbia, NYU, and USC among others. She worked as an Assistant Director of Admission for both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She has read and evaluated more than 3,000 applications for college admission to competitive colleges. Cindy, a Stanford University graduate, and her husband live in Newport Beach with their daughter and three... read more

“A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School”

Coffee Break – Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education Series October, 2012 Talk will cover: The unwritten “rules” of high school and, How Parents can: Help your child cultivate positive teacher relationships Support and Facilitate Good Study Skills Plan college prep in high school (thinking ahead!) Help your teen cultivate good time management Identify Student “jobs” vs. Parent “jobs”     Read the Full... read more

Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Educational consultant Cindy Muchnick described practical can-do philosophies for parents to put into practice as they support their kids through high school during last week’s PTA-sponsored parent seminar, Coffee Break. She was preceded by high school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, who introduced Naviance, an online college search service provided by the high school. Meanwhile, Muchnick, an author, former college admissions counselor and mother of four, launched into her own divergent philosophy: stay focused on the business of high school. She warned that the college search can become a “huge distraction” from the hard work needed in high school to attain the prize of college and personal freedom. She describes high school as a student’s “job,” along with the responsibility to serve the interests of six to eight teacher bosses. GPA should not be a gauge success as much as the more subjective goal of how one is doing at the job, she said. Pressing for the highest GPA adds unnecessary and unproductive stress to kids’ lives, she said. As a college admissions counselor, Muchnick said student evaluations go beyond transcripts and GPA, and offered specific recommendations to parents: Get kids to agree to sit in the first three rows of class for life. Urge students to take advantage of extra credit, which she described as “free money.”  Don’t leave it on the table. Create a study space at home free from distractions. Challenge kids to develop relationships with their teachers outside of class. To befriend upper classmen; learn the ropes through their experience. Be a joiner or a leader.  Parents can help brain-storm... read more


OMAMA / September 12, 2011 We interviewed author, educator and MAMA of four, Cindy Muchnick about her new book, “The Everything Guide To Study Skills.” She let us in on the common sense, no-nonsense secrets behind raising a well-educated kid, including the “Top 10 Habits of Successful Students.” This MAMA has written the “Cliff’s Notes” on getting kids through school- a guide every student can keep on their desk, and keep parents off their backs! Cindy says, “I bridge the gap between parents and children. I have learned as both parent and educator that it is much easier for students to listen to and believe an outsider’s perspective verses words and advice coming from their parents’ mouths . . . even if the advice is exactly the same!” Current Politics Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with omama on BlogTalkRadio   Read the Full... read more

A Study of Studying

Paige Turner / Newport Beach Independent August 24, 2011 Cindy Muchnick. If you have children in school, this is a name you will want to know. For the past decade when hundreds of Newport Beach kids opened their college acceptance letters and experienced the thrill of seeing the word “Congratulations” they in large part, had Cindy Muchnick to thank. Muchnick, a name synonymous with school success, has arguably been the most sought after educational consultant in the area. She helps her clients establish a tool box filled with the essentials to succeed in and out of the classroom.   Read the Full... read more

Praise for The Everything Guide to Study Skills

“If you can only buy one book to help your high school or college student succeed, this is it. The author breaks everything down into digestible pieces of information and offers advice that is relevant and up to date. The writing style is conversational – not textbook-ish. Therefore, not only parents will love this book, but teens too. I gave my 16 year old niece this book and she loves it – she sat on my bed reading it for almost an hour, sharing tips with me (“It says not to go to class hungry. Uh oh, I always do that”) I think coming from her mom, she would have blown off the same advice. This example could be repeated in every chapter. The advice on being prepared, note taking, extra credit, tips for studying, and time management is invaluable. If the suggestions in the book are put into practice, it can literally the tipping point going from B’s and C’s to straight A’s. And… kids will enjoy the process more.”

Jill, Amazon Reader

“Excellent for high school and college students as well as parents. Looking forward for school to start again after buying this book. We have 4 kids: 2 girls and 2 boys – pretty much every learning style and personality is represented under our roof and this book can easily be useful to each of our kids. For example, my daughter loved the beginning of chapter 3 “Class Selection” beginning: “Think of choosing your classes like shopping for clothes” That hooked her and she read the rest of the chapter. Our son, who is a procrastinator will benefit immensely from Chapter 5 – Time Management. Rather than me nagging him, he feels like he is in control of setting up a system for himself. He especially liked the idea of setting small goals and rewarding himself each time he fulfills them and working for smaller periods of time. I can’t say enough good things about this practical book full of amazing nuggets of life changing wisdom.”

Barnes & Noble Reader

“Outstanding guidance for students. What an incredibly helpful book! Any student would benefit from the strategies outlined here. Chock full of tips and insights, The Everything Guide to Study Skills simplifies the process of making the most of one’s academic career. A must read for every student!”

Barnes & Noble Reader

“Everything Guide: Highly Recommended. A terrific guide, essentially a semester long study skills course presented in one coherent package. I especially like the author’s introductory note that “success is being the best student you in particular can be,” even or especially if that means a B. I see students at all levels benefiting from the book. The author, clearly passionate about her subject matter, provides strategic advice about how to create productive relationships with teachers, manage time, read a text and take notes, test preparation and test taking skills, writing essays from start to finish (including research), and advice about clubs and volunteering and on-line learning. I found this to be a smart, all in one book that will improve students’ abilities and performance. Having taught and advised for a lot of years, I highly recommend.”

Barnes & Noble Reader

“A Fantastic Guide for All Students. I purchased this book for my Kindle . . . Honestly, it is a fantastic book for any student although it is geared for late high school and college aged students. The great thing about this book is that it is so comprehensive. It takes the same old study tips you have heard before and gives them new life, explaining why they work and how to implement them. It adds new (well new to me) concepts on preparing for class, working through reading assignments, taking notes (both lecture and from readings), preparing for tests of all varieties, and writing papers. It also gives many suggestions on how to approach teachers and not only introduce yourself but get the help you need. In addition, it provides many approaches to each task making it useable for all kinds of students and settings. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling, needs help in class, help scheduling their time, new college students, or someone who just wants to brush up on skills. Finally, it was a pretty quick read, I read it in a few days time and the way in which it is written also makes it a fast read.”

Barnes & Noble Reader

“Every student could use a refresher on Study Skills: tips and tricks to being an overall successful student. The suggestions may appear obvious at first (follow instructions, make a strong first impression, ask questions, network with peers, etc.), but the truth is that there are a lot more “logistics” involved in becoming a good student than simply studying more.”

Tutor Corps

“We love this book, MAMAs…so much so that we interviewed the author, Cindy Muchnick on our radio show! She’s a genius and to get her priceless insights…get the book . . . We give it the O-MAMA double thumbs up! This MAMA has written the “Cliff’s Notes” on getting kids through school- a guide every student can keep on their desk, and keep parents off their backs!”

“Our new bible. This book has proven to be one of those guides I go back to over and over. the information is succinct, entertaining, and STUDENT-FRIENDLY – any kind of student. it’s refreshing to finally find a book that can help any level of student in just about any grade! looking forward to the next one in the series!”

Amazon Reader

“An ultimate guide to success! Ms. Muchnick has created an exceptional guide for students. Her clear text, bold headlines and logical Table of Contents make this book accessible to both the strong and the weaker students. Ms. Muchnick’s asides and examples are tone perfect to induce her readers into savvy and practical behaviors. This is a perfect tool for boys who want no frills, but rather a clear cut set of directions for success.”

Amazon Reader

“This was a great book! Lots of tips on how to study and not only what to do, but what not to do. This book helped me to focus on what was important.”

Amazon Reader

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