You updated your password.

Reset Password

Enter the email address you used to create your account. We will email you instructions on how to reset your password.

Forgot Your Email Address? Contact Us

Reset Your Password


How to Become a SuperStar Student

Give your student critical skills for success in school with advice on everything from homework and class participation to group presentations and preparing for tests.
How to Become a SuperStar Student is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 48.
  • y_2024, m_7, d_16, h_9
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.42
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_7, tr_41
  • loc_en_CA, sid_1050, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_teachco
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.1
  • CLOUD, getAggregateRating, 8.31ms
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great material, annoying presentation Instructor constantly reminds us of his teaching credentials and is joking and pseudo “funny” throughout. Boring, tedious and not funny. He has good things to say, but he’s scared to rely on his material and a good presentation style. His humor is a crutch. Comparing this to the other presenters in TGC I’ve seen is pitiful. Glad he at least has useful content, because his teaching style is cringeworthy. Barely a “recommend” but it tries one’s patience.
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of Shwow! I’ve been using the dvd set for years with my summer school students, and my 7th graders. These lesson are JWTDO (Just, What, The, Doctor, Ordered) - CRAZY ACRONYM MAN! On a topic educator’s don’t address enough - learning how to learn. There’s even a lesson for parents. As a veteran teacher I cannot recommend them enough.
Date published: 2022-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course I bought this course to learn how to help my students to become good students. I found it very useful. The course content and professor presentation were excellent.
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learn how to learn more effectively! I find it hard to fault this course. It was purchased primarily for the benefit of my children aged 12 and 14 whom are homeschooled, to ensure there were no fundamental deficiencies in their abilities to process, analyse, remember, and utilise their educational materials. The whole family watched the entire series of lectures and we were not disappointed. Michael Giesen dealt quite succinctly with a wide range of educational issues confronting students, teachers, and parents, and went to some lengths to ensure that these three groups were able to understand one another and effectively coordinate their efforts toward the same ends of the best possible outcome for (primarily) the student. He addressed differing learning styles, how learning actually happens, student attitude, study techniques, time management, exam preparation, desirable outcomes of education, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and much more (including several lectures specifically for parents). I am confident there was nothing of substance left out, and the material covered was always well structured, easy to follow, and unambiguous. As I always carefully read many reviews myself before purchasing a course, there was one aspect of several reviews which gave me some reservations before purchasing, and this was the references to Giesen’s more casual delivery style. Some reviewers seem to have taken exception to his ‘self-promotion’ and quirky asides. I thought his delivery was very well suited for the target demographic, i.e. teenagers, and quite entertaining for the adult viewers, and think that those who have criticised him in this respect may be suffering either from a deficit in their sense of humour or a surplus of self-importance. The material covered in this course is indeed crucial for secondary students. Many may already know some or even much of it, but I highly doubt any would know it all, and in any case a well-structured refresher such as this can do no harm. One major caveat: this course would benefit only those who are actually keen to be educated. It supplies strategies and systems for improving the efficacy of one’s education, but those who lack self-motivation with regard to their own education will not find this course to be a magic bullet. Highly recommend to teenage or older students who wish to make the most of their learning, whether self-directed or within a formal educational system.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to become a SuperStar Student For my Grandchildren. This will help them for their entire life. Enhancing their ability to learn will become a never ending endeavor.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Becomea SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition I purchased this course for my granddaughter who will be entering high school this fall and my grandson (her brother) who will be enter middle school. I have reviewed several lessons and found them to be excellent. I plan to give the course to them as a summer project.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From the bleachers to the field Why would I, a teacher of adults, want to view a course on How to Become a SuperStar Student? Simply because I feel it necessary to understand the people at the desks. How do they learn? What do they need to succeed? As busy adults, how can I help them to quickly understand the difficulties of a software program. An adjunct at a local community college, I am one of many parts in a classroom. Teaching adults the many features of Office 365 software is challenging. The programs are constantly adding or improving features. The basics, though, remain the same and are used everyone. I strive to teach the basics and then move on to more involved tasks. Enter this course - How to Become a SuperStar Student. Michael is good. He combines humor, insight, and knowledge to the subject of learning. Knowing how a student can become a "superstar" helps me, an instructor, to more effectively teach. Being reminded of the different types of intelligence, critical thinking, and time management skills all contribute to making the connection between me and my students. Sometimes we need to move from the bleachers to the field. Doing so helps us understand how the game is played. This course is helping me to see the experience of learning from the view of the people at the desks. It will help you to do the same.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tool for Study Skills Kids are learning how to learn. It gives detailed information from how one learns to how to study, do research and reports. I would recommend this for every student. Just one picture of a woman in a bikini is NOT appropiate.
Date published: 2017-12-12
  • y_2024, m_7, d_16, h_9
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.42
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_7, tr_41
  • loc_en_CA, sid_1050, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_teachco
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.1
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 4.16ms


Give your student the vital skills that will carry him or her through high school, college, and well into the challenges of adult life. Professor Michael Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, has packed How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition with advice, tips, tricks, and resources on everything from homework and class participation to giving group presentations and preparing for tests. This masterfully updated version of our highly popular study guide course has the power to transform your student's education into a world-class learning experience.


Michael Geisen

Learning is a skill that your student can easily make a part of his or her everyday life and use as a powerful tool for success, both inside and outside the classroom.


National Teacher of the Year
Professor Michael Geisen was selected from among millions of public-school educators to serve as the National Teacher of the Year in 2008. In this position, he traveled nationally and internationally as an ambassador for the teaching profession, helping educators, policymakers, and community members meet the needs of high-school students in a rapidly changing 21st-century world. Professor Geisen was a middle-school science teacher at Crook County Middle School in Prineville, Oregon, for 10 years. He has received numerous other teaching awards and accolades. He was selected as the 2009 Outstanding Teacher in K-12 Education by the Oregon Academy of Sciences and was named the Toshiba Innovator in Education in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2007-2008 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

By This Professor

How to Become a SuperStar Student
How to Become a SuperStar Student


Understanding Your Unique Intelligence

01: Understanding Your Unique Intelligence

In this introductory lecture, students learn what intelligence is, how it reveals itself in multiple ways (including visual, spatial, interpersonal, and logical intelligence), and several characteristics that all great students share.

35 min
Developing Effective Habits in Class

02: Developing Effective Habits in Class

Students explore three keys to success in the classroom: preparing, participating, and taking good notes. How can they make preparing for class quick and simple? How can they participate in class without looking "dorky"? What are the best ways to take notes while still paying attention to what's going on in class?

30 min
Working Cooperatively in Groups

03: Working Cooperatively in Groups

Professor Geisen focuses on the techniques of effective group work. Students discover how to structure their group to use everyone's strengths; how to avoid the dangers of insensitivity by communicating with tact; and how to reach a consensus using a variety of methods, including dot voting and weighted voting.

32 min
Managing Time and Organizing Spaces

04: Managing Time and Organizing Spaces

By navigating their busy lives more effectively, students can free up more time and space for true learning-and things they really like to do. First, students will bust the myth that multitasking actually works. Then, they'll develop strategies for planning and prioritizing activities. Finally, they'll learn some secrets to keeping themselves-and their work-organized.

32 min
Taking Charge of Homework

05: Taking Charge of Homework

Here, Professor Geisen gives students tips for creating the perfect study environment, offers them study techniques that fit with their unique learning style, and demonstrates ways to take truly effective notes.

32 min
Developing a Creative Mind

06: Developing a Creative Mind

Students take a closer look at play, risk, trust, and other mind-sets needed for creative thinking, as well as practical techniques for brainstorming, using a different viewpoint, and changing their environment.

35 min
Thinking Critically

07: Thinking Critically

Students turn to the second half of thinking: critical thinking, where they decide what to do with all their ideas. They explore how to evaluate evidence, recognize bias, distance themselves from emotions, use logic and reasoning, and much more.

34 min
Diving into Research

08: Diving into Research

The ability to research effectively is a huge factor in students' success. Professor Geisen guides them through the process of pre-searching, searching, evaluating, and organizing. They'll also get tips for working with the wide range of sources available to the 21st-century student.

34 min
Writing Well

09: Writing Well

Whatever kind of learning style students have, all it takes to strengthen and improve their writing is following a series of guidelines and techniques. They'll discover the secrets to choosing powerful words, building effective paragraphs, organizing entire essays, spending the right amount of time drafting and editing their work, and more.

30 min
Delivering Dynamic Presentations

10: Delivering Dynamic Presentations

Develop an opening hook that takes advantage of a startling image or fact. Organize your speech or presentation the way you would organize a research paper. Make sure to use visual aids sparingly but effectively. These are just three of the many strategies students will find here for delivering dynamic presentations.

36 min
Taking Control of Tests

11: Taking Control of Tests

In this lecture, students find out what it takes to perform at their best when the stakes are high: taking tests. They'll learn how to prepare themselves for various types of tests, focus their studying on what they need to know, combat test anxiety, attack tests with a clear strategy, learn from their wrong answers, and more.

34 min
Finding Balance

12: Finding Balance

Students learn the importance of maintaining balance in their lives. Professor Geisen's pointed advice includes getting more efficient with their time, cutting back on things that prevent them from achieving their goals, and diving deep into a couple of activities they really love to do.

34 min
Managing Your Child's Education

13: Managing Your Child's Education

The most important teacher in a student's life: his or her parents. Professor Geisen shows you how to become a true learner, why most learning happens outside the classroom, and how you can adapt to the continually changing landscape of 21st-century education.

34 min
Understanding How We Learn

14: Understanding How We Learn

Approach learning with wisdom from neuroscience and educational research. How do our brains assimilate information? What can you do when your student is out of his or her comfort zone on an assignment? How can you help your student embrace his or her learning style?

31 min
Helping with Homework

15: Helping with Homework

Discover how to create the perfect mood, space, and time for your student's academic success; how to help your student with homework-and how much help to give; and what to do when you don't have the answers.

30 min
Working with Teachers

16: Working with Teachers

Professor Geisen reveals the two foundations of a solid parent-teacher relationship, offers tips to improve communication, and provides options for effectively handling problems and complaints.

30 min
Preparing for College and the Future

17: Preparing for College and the Future

How you talk about and expose your student to college makes a huge difference in how he or she approaches this subject. Which post-high-school option is best for your child? What are colleges looking for in applicants? Find the answers to these questions and more.

30 min
Parenting with Balance

18: Parenting with Balance

Professor Geisen offers you candid advice on being the best parent you can be-all from the perspective of his role as a teacher. You'll find tips and exercises to ensure that you're inspiring, not forcing, your child to learn and live a responsible life.

33 min