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Manipulate Your Marker: A Proactive Approach to Success in the HSC (English)

Manipulate Your Marker: A Proactive Approach to Success in the HSC (English)

Mitchell Grotte

This is the book the Board of Studies tried to censor.

Manipulate Your Marker is designed to assist all NSW and ACT students to achieve exemplary results. With useful study tips and step-by-step guides, it offers a complete approach to the study of English for the HSC.

It provides a vehicle through which the power structure within the classroom can be challenged. No longer will students feel oppressed. Our ideal is for students to feel empowered and confident in their ability to perform to their potential. Power to the students!


“As a conscientious and high-achieving English student, I would love to have had access to such a comprehensive and holistic guide when I was going through my HSC. Manipulate Your Marker is an all-in-one resource that combines content with technical elements, practical tips and real examples to coach students through all aspects of the Standard, Advanced and Extension Courses. An extremely valuable ‘how-to’ tool!” - Alex Borowsky, HSC Top Achiever 2007, 1st in English Advanced, 2nd in English Extension 1, 1st in English Extension 2

“Manipulate Your Marker works to explain and demystify the often misunderstood requirements that all markers are yearning to assess and reward.” - Ross Masters, Year Coordinator for an independent boy’s college in Sydney and teacher with 38 years experience (having taught an estimated 3,500 students)

“Thoughtful, detailed and clear, Mitchell Grotte’s book offers a substantial and carefully organised guide to studying English as an HSC subject. It will enhance the development of skills necessary for success.”
- Dr Tony Cousins, Professor in English, prolific author and respected academic

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Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Dr Michael J Bradley

A little resilience goes a long way...

Peel back the cheerful facade that parents present, and you'll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments… and it's no surprise that today's teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.   
Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counselling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humour, this book sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through
Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive.
What-to-do-when suggestions for common behaviour, school, and social issues.
Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more.

It's not easy being a teen - and it's certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide… and your kids may even thank you for it.

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9 Ways to a Resilient Child: Raising Kids Who'll Bounce Back from Adversity and Challenging Times

9 Ways to a Resilient Child: Raising Kids Who'll Bounce Back from Adversity and Challenging Times

Justin Coulson

Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and easily, moaning 'I can't'. Perhaps your child resists going to school because they don't like their teacher or their friend rejected them. Maybe they failed in a sporting contest or an exam.

One of the most frequent questions Kidspot parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is asked is 'How can I help my child become resilient?' Friendship problems, bullying, physical changes and parenting styles are just some of the issues that can affect our children's ability to bounce back from difficulty and adapt to challenging situations. Helping our children develop resilience can have lifelong positive effects.

9 Ways to a Resilient Child will help parents enable their children to cope with the challenges that life throws at us all. Discover why winners aren't always grinners, the problems with common advice like 'Toughen up, princess', the negative impact of helicopter parenting, and how praise can harm instead of help. Understand both the protective and the risk factors affecting resilience for better or for worse. And uncover the psychological secrets that will build your child's ability to bounce back, stronger and more resilient than ever: from the ability to think flexibly, make safe and healthy choices, and exercise self-control, to the powerful impact of family, relationships, school and community.

Dr. Coulson aims to bolster resilience - not just in our children, but also in ourselves. Because resilient parents are more likely to have resilient kids.

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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0: Surviving Adolescent Girls

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0: Surviving Adolescent Girls

Michael Carr-Gregg  ,  Elly Robinson

What do you do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who acts like a responsible adult one day and a rude, selfish brat the next? You stay calm, and consult the experts.

By the time they turn thirteen, adolescent girls look like they're ready for anything - but they're not. Our girls are growing up in a society that is rapidly changing and challenging the skills of even the most experienced parents. A roadmap is needed to guide parents through this new landscape, to ensure we bring up happy, healthy young women.

This indispensable book focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today, including:

● adolescent development in a new society
● pressures at school
● parenting strategies that work
● parenting in the digital age
● sex and drugs
● mental health

In this fully revised and expanded edition, leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and researcher Elly Robinson also discuss the single most prolific and influential factor of our times - technology.  If you feel like you're losing control when it comes to parenting your daughter, it's time to grab back the reins.

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1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

Thomas Phelan

From the author of the 1.7 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic comes 1-2-3 Magic Teen, which provides clear, practical advice tailored specifically to the challenges of parenting teenagers.

Dr. Thomas Phelan is an internationally renowned expert in his field and has broken down the elements of effective parenting into easy-to-understand advice that can work for any family.

Parents will learn how to tackle the unique challenges that come with parenting teenagers, including how to more effectively communicate with their teen, how to help their child manage risk, how to let go in certain situations, and when to seek professional advice.

Dr. Phelan's step-by-step approach is a concise, encouraging guide that walks parents through the ups and downs of parenting teenagers, allowing them to help their kids gain confidence and push toward independence.

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Spoonfed Generation

Spoonfed Generation

Michael Grose

It’s well established that parents in western countries such as Australia currently do too much for their kids, albeit with good intentions. Before driving their kids to school (or station or bus stop) each morning most parents would have woken their children up, made their breakfast and lunch, depositing the latter in their schoolbags, before reminding them to get dressed and brush their teeth. All this well-intentioned activity may make for an easier life at home but it encourages children to be dependent on adults for longer. This is the exact opposite of what parents have done in the past, which is to develop their children’s independence and achieve the most important parenting outcome of all – their own redundancy.

There are a number of reasons for this high level of dependency parenting, including family shrinkage (parents are able to do a great deal for kids in small families), older parents (often over-concerned about their children), busy lives (it’s easier to do than delegate) and a heightened fear that the world is a dangerous place for young people. While terms such as ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble-wrapping kids’ and ‘over-parenting’ are now common place, they are unhelpful and offer little direction for parents.

Spoonfed Generation will explain the importance of children’s independence and the vital stages to letting go. Never before has a generation been so dependent on their parents; now it’s time to remove the spoon and put it back in the drawer.

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Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child

Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child

George Lynn (George Lynn) ,  Cynthia C. Johnson (Cynthia C. Johnson)

An easy-to-follow guide that will help parents understand recreational screen media use at home.
Recreational screen media use is quickly replacing family time, by no fault of parents. They are doing the best they can based on the information available to them, which claims nothing can be done to stop their children's screen dependence.
Parents seeking change need a new framework for action. Breaking the Trance does not blame parents nor vilifies technology, but it does give parents clear and effective strategies to implement immediately. The results will restore a sense of care and connection within the family.

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Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age

Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age

Edmond Schoorel ,  Eduard Maas

Screens and digital devices are everywhere in our modern world and it's becoming increasingly common for even very young children to regularly use tablets and smart phones. Many parents struggle to know what's best for their children. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the pros and cons, to help parents make their own choices. It explores the health effects of screen time as well as the benefits of new technology. Much writing on this subject is one-sided and dogmatic. This thought-provoking book is not designed to make parents feel guilty, but to empower them to find their own balance.

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Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect

Neil D. Brown

In virtually all families, there are moments when teens are unhappy with parental limits, rules, and requests-as well as times when those kids are disobedient or noncompliant, or get caught up in the moment and make bad decisions. But the parent-teen control battle goes beyond this; it's a chronic relationship pattern that uses up the family's emotional resources and can seriously impact child identity, self-esteem, and development, and cause stress for everyone around.

This book offers a thorough understanding of the control battle and a clear prescription to end it. With Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, you'll learn about the three elements that support this chronic conflict- reactivity, negative emotional tone, and being  other-person oriented -and discover the two key changes that can be made to address the underlying issues, allowing you to move toward a more positive way of seeing your teen and working on behavioral change. Using tools based in structural family therapy (SFT), which targets the core relationship pattern driving the control battle, you'll be able to address specific issues and create a healthier pattern.

If you're tired of the constant battle for control and you're ready to cultivate a more loving, peaceful, and supportive environment for the whole family, this book has the skills and understanding you need to be successful, no matter what you and your teen face.

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Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship With Your Teen - Without Going Crazy

Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship With Your Teen - Without Going Crazy

Andrew Fuller

Well-known teen psychologist Andrew Fuller provides practical and humorous advice on how to ensure both you and your teen survive the teenage years.  

Tricky teens provides parents with a step-by-step guide to understanding what is really going on in the minds of their teenagers - and why; handling common conflict situations faced by every family with a teenager and successfully navigating common difficulties; creating a relatively peaceful happy family environment; and raising your teens so that they can successfully leave home, get a job and become wonderful adults.

A clinical psychologist, Fuller has spent years helping parents understand and assist their tricky teens to safely navigate adolescence. He says that the key to understanding teenagers is to realise that their behaviour is caused by two things: the routines and habits that are ingrained in their lives and their families' lives; and the neurochemicals and hormones washing around in the massive soup bowl called their brains.

Learning how to parent in ways that manage the heady heights and deep troughs of moods and acts caused by these neurochemicals is life saving and sanity preserving. Divided into four sections:
1. Neurochemistry and Habit: What really causes tricky teen behaviours
2. Overcoming Common Problems: helping teens successfully navigate common problems such as anxiety, arguments, computer addiction, the opposite sex, reclusive teenagers, sibling conflict, suicide prevention, zombies and zits
3. Changing patterns: A six-week program for re-establishing communications with your teenager
4. Essential Conversations: twelve essential talks to have with your teenager including:

How to be an adult.
How to develop a good reputation and keep it.
Honesty: why it is important.
Developing empathy and compassion.
Finding romance, saying no to romance you don't want and keeping romance alive.

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