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Exambusters Algebra 1 Study Cards: A Whole Course in a Box (Ace's Exambusters)
Exambusters Algebra 1 Study Cards: A Whole Course in a Box (Ace's Exambusters)
von Ace Academics Inc
  Karten

5.0 von 5 Sternen You Can Learn Math the Hard Way or..., 21. Juli 2000
On my own, I studied my two texts on algebra. I also took algebra in college. With the texts, I would have to finish 50 or so problems and then look in the back of the text. And by that time, I didn't care about the problems that I had stumbled with! In college, it would take several days before I knew the results of the math tests. This is not good learning! This method does not provide immediate reinforcement. And you forget the problems that you had stumbled with.
I've corresponded with a Dr. Osher Doctorov. He is a math and physics teacher who has so many credentials that it will make your head ache (see his comments on flash cards in his reviews on mathematics). He is the one who turned me onto the idea of flash or study cards.
One disagreement with Exambusters. The flash cards need to be used during the math courses and be given top priority. Not just for exams. But for the study of math in general. This is all based on learning theory. One doesn't have to take an opinion about it. If B.F. Skinner used immediate reinforcement on pidgeons and it worked, why do we assume that pidgeons should be treated with more respect than our children or us? I study algebra for relaxation (once I did so for 6 hours without stopping). But Dr. Octorov believes that the torture used on not knowing an answer to an equation that we have tumbled with can be a great pain. Or at least this is his implication. He has taught all ages of students and take a look at this reviewer's credentials! Do you and your kids a favor. Buy these flash cards. And then test your children if you like! Make it a game! Also see my review on Polya's book, "How to Solve It!". Math is a question mark. Not a period. Than you.


How to Make Money in Coins Right Now (House of collectibles)
How to Make Money in Coins Right Now (House of collectibles)
von Scott A. Travers
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen TRAVERS IS A GENIUS!, 17. Juli 2000
but there is a catch. Yes I am following Traver's advice. I don't plan on making a cent for 6 months. In fact, I plan on being in the red! I loved coin collecting when I was a child. The title IS misleading. But I assume that this is what Western Civilation calls "marketing". I have many of this man's books and a CD. If you love coins...If you are not looking for a fast buck...If you are willing to study hard...If you are willing to follow graphs on the net...If you are willing to subscribe to weekly coin magazines...If you are willing to study different grading systems for evaluating coins - Then you can do it! As I will. Thank you Mr. Travers. You're a Godsend.


Windows 98 For Dummies
Windows 98 For Dummies
von Andy Rathbone
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 23,37

5.0 von 5 Sternen An Incredible Delight and The Best Way to Learn Windows 98!, 22. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Windows 98 For Dummies (Taschenbuch)
The is THE book to buy if you want to learn Windows 98! Andy has an incredible sense of humor which will lighten the tension of learning this subject. But his teaching ability is even higher. How would you like to paint a camel with your computer? Or learn how to use Wordpad and Notepad. My entire text is underlined. It did not to be. But I make things hard on myself. Andy does the one thing that very few writers do. He makes what seems complex very simple. I have this book next to my college text on COBOL. Both books did me a great service. But I gave Andy a bad review. Why? IT still was hard work. But Andy made it easier. Now go paint yourself a camel with your computer. You can't, can you? Go buy the book. And this book has no CD as I stated before. That must have been "Classical Music for Dummies". Good luck!


Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
von David Sedaris
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 24,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen I Couln't Stop Laughing!, 20. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Me Talk Pretty One Day (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Buy this book. David Sadaris is incredible! This book is really a collection of anecdotes written by a man who is tentaively going to say what he thinks. And he does so in such a hilarious way that you will quake with laughter. The best part of the book is when he talks about his experiences in Paris. It is really funny. And Sadaris has the uncanny ability to make you feel what he is going through. Another highlight of this book is that he gives a totally new view of things. He attacks
computers and modern life. But in a way that we can all understand with total sympathy. This is really a great book. Buy it as soon as possible and enjoy.


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: How to Escape from Quicksand, Wrestle an Alligator, Break Down a Door, Land a Plane...
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: How to Escape from Quicksand, Wrestle an Alligator, Break Down a Door, Land a Plane...
von Joshua Piven
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen AND YOU THINK YOU HAD PROBLEMS!, 19. Juni 2000
This is truly a great book. For one thing, it makes us feel grateful about our own problems! This is really written by James Bond, 007. And he used a pseudonym. Regardless. Piven, the author, provides solutions in case you are ever in quicksand, shot, or your parachute doesn't open. Great fun.


The Greatest Generation
The Greatest Generation
von Tom Brokaw
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 23,28

3.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderful Book But..., 19. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Greatest Generation (Gebundene Ausgabe)
These are wonderful interviews by Tom Brokaw. And they give you a sense of pride in our country. But "The Greatest Generation"? In Vietnam, the soldiers were fighting in the dark, They didn't know why they were fighting (this generation did) and the people at home were against them. But they fought brillantly under the most horrendous circumstances. I have a friend who received 2 silver stars, 6 bronze stars, 2 purple hearts (face and leg) and 2 commendations. He was a green beret. He is not considered a hero by the citizens of the United States. A wonderful book, Tom. But come down to earth. The greatest generation was those who fought in Nam. It's easy to fight when you are right. But not so easy to fight in the dark. END


Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Out into the Real World
Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Out into the Real World
von Maria Shriver
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 21,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderful Guide (Honestly!), 19. Juni 2000
She "tells it as it is". Very suprising. The wonderful thing about this book is that not only does she tell us the "ground" honesty about living and the problems (or realities) that we confront, but she supports the trunk of the tree with actual life incidents that reveal her guidelines. I was very suprised to find out that this wonderful but "fairy tale" princess was at heart a pragmatic realist. Buy this book and learn some hard realities. And for those who know these hard realities, see them exemplified in "top level situations". Shiver does a great service by showing us that these "laws of life" are present from top to bottom in our society. Very well done. Buy the book. I loved it and will re-read it.


How To Make Yourself Happy
How To Make Yourself Happy
von Albert Ellis PhD
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 18,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A GREAT BOOK BY A SIMPLY GREAT MAN!, 19. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How To Make Yourself Happy (Taschenbuch)
I have ruthlessly criticized Albert Ellis in other reviews and I apologize. I now have many of his books and tapes. This book really stands out and will show you new "flavors" of how to make yourself less miserable. And Thank God, in this book, Ellis is taking the whip in his hand and stating PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. This book is simply a Godsend. I have already benefitted from it greatly. Ellis pounds home the fact that humans can be happy. They have a choice. I am now dropping "wanting the approval of others". So the anxiety pitches down. This is becoming more and more ingrained in my brain. In this book, Ellis has come up with a beautiful new acronym. USA. Unconditional Self Acceptance. I can now relax. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I didn't practice hard before so I blasted Ellis. But this book is a Godsend for anybody who has problems with depression or anxiety. Yes, you can make yourself happy. Thank you, Dr. Ellis.


Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
von Robert T. Kiyosaki
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Save Your Kids!, 19. Juni 2000
God Bless Kiyosaki. Things change. And we have to change with them. Most people, I am sorry to say, are way behind. They are like old record players. On and on and on. "Graduate from college, get a job, buy a home, on and on". This formula will not work anymore. And if you spoon feed it to your children, uh-oh. Buy this book and simply get updated to the new finacial world. As Kiyosaki brillantly points out, the really important thing is to be able to fall back on investments. And this is of the most utmost importance. As I read this book, I could see that Kiyosaki can't really see into the future. But he does know the realities of our situation today. In seems that more and more people are simply going to live off their investments. If you acquire one million dollars and receive 10% interest, you will receive $100,000 before taxes yearly. Why are we having our children going to college on a $50,000 loan without understanding the realities that Kiyosaki espouses in this simply "must-buy-read-and-FOLLOW" book. Save your children from falling into the antiquated money trap that NO LONGER EXISTS. Kiyosaki also seems a bit worried about the future where a two-class system exists. One in which people are living off their investments. And another which consists of people working for $6 an hour. Think of it. It is happening before our eyes and seems more like a science fiction novel. But the book and save yourself a great deal of possible future misery.


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
von Anthony Bourdain
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 27,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Culinary Heaven!, 19. Juni 2000
Bourdain does a wonderful service to all cooking. Have you ever tried to cut a tomato with a knife and it just resists until (spash), you get it in the face? Well, I have! If you want revenge on your kitchen, Bourdain will give it to you. With humor, wit, and a tiny pinch of "nastiness". You will laugh your head off as you read this book. But you will also wonder why you kept doing stupid things with useless utensils that would make a good yard sale. Boudain is the Ralph Nader of
culinary pleasures. And he is so funny. After reading the book for fun and pleasure, I can feel my kitchen "quiver" in fear. Some things are just plain stupid and others are not. This man is an expert and he knoweth of what he speaks. Thank you so much.


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