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(2012-03-23) Can your whole brain help you study for school?

Teachers and educators are invited to join local Portland, Oregon author Chris Tobias on Tuesday evening April 17th as he discusses how whole brain learning techniques can help students study and improve exam scores. Chris’s book ‘101 Secrets to Passing Any Test’ (ISBN 0983770301) is a complete ‘toolbox’ for students, educators and families needing help with school.

But why do these tools work? Recent research in brain science reveals how.

Barnes and Noble Tanasbourne is sponsoring this event as part of their spring Educators Night. The event also includes demonstrations of the latest digital reading technology on Nook as well as help with grant writing to purchase technology for your school.

The event is free and open to educators from all grade levels.

EVENT DETAILS
Educators Night at Barnes and Noble Tanasbourne
Tuesday April 17th from 6pm to 8pm
Barnes and Noble Tanasbourne
18300 NW Evergreen Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006

MEDIA CONTACTS
School Skills
Chris Tobias
Director of Educational Excitement
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Barnes and Noble Tanasbourne
Andrea Sassonne
Community Relations Manager

ABOUT CHRIS TOBIAS
School Skills founder and author Chris Tobias brings a varied world of experience to the game of academic success. After self-described ‘dog paddling’ his way through high school and an abortive attempt at college, Mr. Tobias was thrown head first into the turbulent world of emerging computer technologies. “I had to learn and learn fast.” he says “We would get a new computer system every 3 months, with all new software and systems. We would learn it in the evening, then sell it the next day to customers. Then we had to train them too.” With more than 15 years of work in fast-paced computer, technology, Mr. Tobias returned to graduate school for an advanced degree. “I flunked badly” he admits “because I really had no idea how to manage school or learn in an organized way.” Over summer break, Mr. Tobias called on his experience as a corporate trainer and Six Sigma process improvement leader to research and build a complete academic success training program. “I designed the academic success class for myself because graduate school was just overwhelming. It worked so well that I ended up in the top of my class.” After graduating Mr. Tobias started School Skills to offer academic success seminars for students from Junior High to College levels. “A lot of kids are dog paddling through school without any personal plan for success. It’s stressful and gets in the way of real learning. I love to see the light bulb come on when students in our seminars realize they can get school under control and really make it work.”

ABOUT BARNES AND NOBLE, INC.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 691 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 641 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company’s corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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(2011-12-07) “101 Secrets to Passing Any Test” Scores with Students, Parents and Teachers

Can disco improve your grades? Did you ever learn how to study while skateboarding? Does reading backwards help you learn?

An exciting new book entitled “101 Secrets to Passing Any Test” has the answers. Time-tested academic methods and innovative ideas for academic success are gathered into 101 bite size “secrets” – practical ways to manage school, cure common test problems and study more effectively. Junior high, high school and college students will want “101 Secrets” in their backpacks.

And the bottom line? This book works. That matters during the dark days of winter when school workloads pile up and in the spring when final exams loom.

“Wow, this stuff really works!” said Derrick, a junior high student who found ways to quickly improve his grades.

“How come nobody told me this stuff before?” asks Karen, a high school sophomore.

Parents can use the “browsing” feature of the book for quick answers. Does your child have a tough teacher? See page 163. Need to discuss how to take great notes in class? Flip to page 51.

“This book is not just for students who struggle. We see students with medium grades making big improvements with only a few basic skills,” says author Chris Tobias. “They are also more confident, relaxed and find school to be a lot more fun.”

Author Chris Tobias speaks from experience. He came to academic success through the school of hard knocks. After dog-paddling his way through high school and an abortive stint in college, Tobias began surfing the turbulent world of emerging computer technologies – a cutthroat environment where you learn new things quickly or die. Hummm, sounds like school!

After 15 years Tobias returned to graduate school for an advance degree. Reality hit hard.

“I flunked badly at first,” Tobias confesses. “I had no idea how to manage school or learn in an organized way.”

But he did have experience as a corporate trainer and Six Sigma process improvement leader. Using these skills, Tobias built a complete academic success training program.

“It worked so well I ended up in the top of my class,” Tobias says. After graduating Tobias started School Skills to offer academic success seminars to students from high school to college and he says: ”
I love to see the light bulb come on when students in our seminars realize they can get school under control and really make it work.”

And now the book “101 Secrets to Passing Any Test” has arrived – just in time for exam success!

101 Secrets to Passing Any Test
ISBN: 978-0983770305
Format: 196 pages trade paper and digital editions
Available from Amazon.com, BN.com and www.schoolskills.net as well as select booksellers

MEDIA CONTACT
Chris Tobias
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web: www.SchoolSkills.net
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TO REVIEW
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(2011-09-28) Learn Student Test Success Skills for Free
Can disco dancing improve your grades? Did you ever learn how to study while skateboarding? Does reading backwards help you learn? These and other unique, sometimes off beat, academic success tools will be discussed at the Cedar Mill library on December 7th, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Students, parents and families are invited to come learn unique, fun methods to improve grades and perform better at school from local author Chris Tobias. His book 101 Secrets to Passing Any Test (ISBN 0983770301) along with other academic success titles in the library collection may be your key to better results in school.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Test Success with Chris Tobias
Wednesday Dec 7th, 2011
3:30pm to 4pm in the Meeting Room

Cedar Mill Library
12505 NW Cornell Rd
Portland, OR 97229
Tel: 503-644-0043

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(2011-09-28) School Skills Raises Money for Libraries

Portland, OR publisher and training company School Skills added donations supporting non-profit agencies to it’s web store and book sales today.  Students, parents or educators purchasing copies of the book 101 Secrets to Passing Any Test from the School Skills web store (http://schoolskills.net/?page_id=38) can donate $2.00 of the purchase price to support the Cedar Mill libary system. “We love the library” said School Skills founder Chris Tobias. “It’s an amazing resource for students, families and anyone who wants to learn. It just makes sense for us to give back to the libraries when they give so much to us.” School Skills also hopes to use book sales to help support other non-profit groups in the future. “We are excited about using book sales to help fund-raise for education and charities – especially those that help kids. It’s a perfect match.  Our academic skills materials with their mission to help people.”

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(2011-06-23) Tualitan Hills Renews School Skills for Fall 2011
Thanks to the team at Tualitan Hills Parks and Recreation for renewing the School Skills instruciton contract for 2011/2012. We are excited about again offering our academinc success program to kids and young adults throughout the area! See www.thprd.org for class schedules to be posted in late summer

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(2011-05-14) Winter Seminars Wrap Up
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Winter Semester academic success training. It was great to meet everyone and we are excited to see the results at school! We also appreciate your great ideas for classroom exercises and plan to include your ideas in future training materials.

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ABOUT SCHOOL SKILLS
School Skills provides inspiration, motivation and fun, easy to learn academic success training for students in junior high, high school and college grade levels. Professionals returning to school for additional education often find the School Skills tools helpful as well to restart their learning ‘engines’ after years away from academics. School Skills creates exciting classroom seminars, consulting, speaking, coaching, web publications and print publications which encourage student growth and success with academics. They are based in Portland, Oregon but their materials are used in places as far away as Kazakhstan. Started in 2009 by Chris Tobias, School Skills has grown to reach students all over the world. “Our mission” says Mr. Tobias “Is to free students from the school stress and busy work so that they can have fun learning. I really believe that learning how to learn is the best gift any student will ever receive.”


ABOUT CHRIS TOBIAS
School Skills founder and author Chris Tobias brings a varied world of experience to the game of academic success. After self-described ‘dog paddling’ his way through high school and an abortive attempt at college, Mr. Tobias was thrown head first into the turbulent world of emerging computer technologies. “I had to learn and learn fast.” he says “We would get a new computer system every 3 months, with all new software and systems. We would learn it in the evening, then sell it the next day to customers. Then we had to train them too.” With more than 15 years of work in fast-paced computer, technology, Mr. Tobias returned to graduate school for an advanced degree. “I flunked badly” he admits “because I really had no idea how to manage school or learn in an organized way.” Over summer break, Mr. Tobias called on his experience as a corporate trainer and Six Sigma process improvement leader to research and build a complete academic success training program. “I designed the academic success class for myself because graduate school was just overwhelming. It worked so well that I ended up in the top of my class.” After graduating Mr. Tobias started School Skills to offer academic success seminars for students from Junior High to College levels. “A lot of kids are dog paddling through school without any personal plan for success. It’s stressful and gets in the way of real learning. I love to see the light bulb come on when students in our seminars realize they can get school under control and really make it work.”


ARTISTS AND LINKS
School Skills is proud to highlight the work of young, upcoming artists in our editorial and graphic design. We hope that giving them wider exposure will help them gain a wider audience. We also link to a short list of partners who we think deliver great tools. Please use this section to click through and explore these excellent sources.

(2011-11-26) Photographer Fred Weyman provided the Maple Lane image for  the article A Sudden Falling of Many Leaves.