Academic Success: Enhanced Achievement for Average Students-Proven Techniques

By Jon Van Loon, Professor Emeritus University of Toronto

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2014, Jon Van Loon


To the many average souls who like myself needlessly toil; tilting with the conventional educational windmills in a frustrating attempt to succeed at elevated levels.

Important Information about the Author and Book’s Content

This book is to aid the average student achieve enhanced academic performance. I have written 3 well received eBooks on methodology for aiding leaning disabled students and adults become special learners and in this process perform at much higher levels academically and in the workforce. It turned out that many students without any special learning challenges were also finding the strategies outlined in these books to be of benefit in enhancing their academic performance. Thus this book was written with the average student in mind.

Your author is severely learning disabled and bipolar yet devised learning strategies that allowed him to acquire a PhD in Chemistry and become a Full Professor at the University of Toronto now retired (that is-Prof. Emeritus). My IQ when measured in the 1940’s was 96 but more like 110 using modern IQ methodology. Basically I have Grade 9 level capabilities in important areas like spelling and Syntax and can only slowly type with 1 finger; often making many spelling errors due to poor memory and the consequence of using phonetic spelling. Praise be-Spell Check and an online Thesaurus-CleverKeys. This book is my 13th eBook that followed 120 research publications and 7 authored and co-authored hard covered research text books generated in my active University years.

Okay enough then with the details about my intellectual capability and limitations thereof.

What follows is largely gleaned from the above mentioned 3 eBooks and recast here with appropriate modification. The latter were performed when necessary to better suit the format and content of a book for average learners. In addition there are newly written sections, for example on evaluation and recommendations of electronic technology which is daily changing the face of educational procedures. Here and there I use the term ‘problem learner’, doing so only as a gentle heads-up but certainly not to demean the average students learning capabilities.

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