Friday Fast Picks: Back to School!

This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning, giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It’s not a directory of programs; there are many of those available already. Comprehensive and realistic, complete with first-person stories from high school students who have gone outside the box. This guide is for any teen who wonders, “What’s out there for me?”
A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done: Discover Your Procrastination Type, Stop Putting Things Off, and Reach Your Goals by Jennifer Shannon
This isn’t a manual on how to please your parents, teachers, professors, or friends. This is a book to help you understand why you procrastinate, whether or not procrastination works for you, and if not, how to improve your work habits and really get things done. By helping you uncover your own unique strengths, this book will help you master your to-do list-and your life!

Got goals? This empowering guide shows how to tackle your to-dos with confidence and enthusiasm so that you can transform anxiety into accomplishment. It’s great to dream big, but with day-to-day demands and stresses that seem to dominate our lives, larger goals are easily overlooked or can seem completely out of reach. Procrastination, insecurity, and negative thinking can get in the way as well. But with the eight simple steps in Doable, anything and everything becomes possible.
Without good organization and problem-solving skills, real success can never be achieved. For this reason, it is important to be logical and good at processing information and ideas, no matter what path you take in life. It is also important to be able to learn by your mistakes.This book provides useful, authoritative, and important information, which will enable you to get organized, stay organized, and learn effectively from the challenges you face in life.
Learning How to Learn teaches kids and teens about the importance of both focused concentration and letting their minds wander, how the brain makes connections between different pieces of information, the value of metaphors in developing understanding, why procrastination is the enemy of problem solving, and much more.
From struggling students to academic all-stars, everyone can do better in school. Research shows that executive functions such as focus and organization are more valuable to school performance than intelligence or talent. Happily, these functions are skills,so students can learn them. This book provides ten tools to improve executive functioning, described as “mental apps,” with clever names like the Pizza Cutter and the Channel Changer.
Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays edited Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe
Inspired by a challenge, Rebecca Stern joined forces with her friend, social entrepreneur Brad Wolfe, and the two came up with a terrific proposal–to gather together a collection of unconventional essays by some of the best writers around. They have compiled and edited a collection of imaginative, rule-breaking, and untraditional essays that is sure to change the way you think about the essay.
How do you prepare for a test? Study the material, of course. But studying for the SAT is different–knowing facts is not enough. On the SAT, basic information is presented in tricky new combinations, and getting the right answers depends less on what you know than on how you think. Zen in the Art of the SAT, written for those in grades 9-12, can help you achieve your highest score on the new SAT.