ERIC Number: ED240478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
How to Flunk Out: A Paradoxical Approach to Study Skills.
Breme, Frederick J.; Rosen, Donald A.
Student handouts which are written "tongue-in-cheek" tell the student to do exactly the opposite of what should be done to improve study skills. Reasons given for using a paradoxical teaching approach are to create an element of surprise, to increase attention, to encourage identification with what is being taught, to increase awareness of choice, and to entertain. "Serious" handouts are provided to accompany the "tongue-in-cheek" materials. Topics covered in the handouts include getting along with the professor, taking good lecture notes, creating a good study environment, motivating oneself for study, managing one's time wisely, reading textbooks effectively, and using effective test-taking techniques. Hints for taking essay tests and objective tests are provided. The College Student Self-Rating Scale of Excellence which lists 35 characteristics of an excellent student is also included. (JW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Center for Counseling & Testing.
Identifiers: Paradoxical Techniques; PF Project