1. For Students
    • How to Study – 10 Minutes to an “A” • How to Study Part II – Critical Thinking • Freshman Year In College Need Not Be A Bummer • Making Proper Choices • Test Taking Techniques – Computer and class tests
  2. For Parents
    • How to Study – 10 Minutes to an “A” • Family Study Skills Night • When You Clean Your Room We Will Feed You • A Night of Memory Techniques
  3. For Teachers
    • What Do You Want Your Students To Tell Other Students About You? • How to Study – 10 Minutes to an “A” • What Works in the Classroom I,II,III • 54 Ways to Review Material • Self Esteem for Teachers and Students • Motivating the Unmotivated through Goal Setting • Memory Techniques
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About Dick Gallagher, CSP
            Dick firmly believes the difference between a “D” and an “A” is 10 quality minutes of work each night. He feels as though his purpose (his brother calls him a zealot) is to clear the mystery of studying for a many students, teachers and parents as possible. Dick doesn’t want to make just a living – he wants to make a difference.

            Everyone laughs and learns . Dick has been likened to Zig Ziglar (who is one of his clients) because of his motivational presentation of the information, Les Brown and a clean George Carlin because of his insights into school life. The presentations are fast-paced, fun-filled and informative.

            Dick states, “I do not talk to entertain, although you will laugh. I do not talk to inform, although you will learn a great deal. I do talk to motivate people to act!”

            Dick has never been out of school. He began teaching immediately upon graduation from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA in 1968. For 7 years he taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades in two Catholic elementary schools – all the different subjects at different times. This will make you good at Trivial Pursuit. Dick now wonders how much trivia he taught. Much more worrisome – how much did he test the students on? The following year he was a substitute teacher, which he found to be a real eye-opener! Dick then developed and taught his How to Study program through Learning Plus, an Intermediate Unit in South Philadelphia. From 1979 to the present he has presented his How to Study seminars in over 1500 schools from the elementary to the college level, from Boston to LA, to over 1,000,000 students, parents and teachers.

            Dick’s articles have appeared in USA Today, Better Homes& Gardens, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more than 100 newspapers from coast to coast.

            Dick has spoken professionally since 1979 and is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). In 1993 he earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). The CSP recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the speaking profession through proven speaking excellence. Less than 7% of the 4,000 NSA members have earned this prestigious designation.

            Dick has been a full time professional speaker since 1981 and has plenty of other references.  He has presented in almost every school in both the Philadelphia and Camden Dioceses.

           Dick is also a part-time Santa Claus.  In fact, he spends the holiday season bringing cheer to children at the Exton Square Mall!

  What is a CSP – Certified Speaking Professional?​  

CSP it the highest earned designation presented by the National Speakers Association. It recognizes a commitment to ongoing education, proven speaking experience and ethical behavior. It is awarded to individuals who have completed a comprehensive application process and met the criteria set by NSA.

CSP’s must:

  • Maintain membership in NSA for three consecutive years and subscribe to its Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Submit names of 100 different clients to whom they have presented in the past five years.
  • Submit a detailed listing of 250 speaking engagements for which they were compensated at a professional fee level during the previous five years, with no fewer than 20 presentations per year.
  • Submit at least 20 testimonial letters from clients who recommended them as a professional speaker.
  • Submit copies of professionally prepared promotional materials.
  • Continue education in the field of professional speaking through NSA Workshops, Conventions and Labs, and must have earned a minimum of 32 educational units within the previous five years.

A CSP is a dedicated professional with a proven track record of continued speaking excellence; therefore NSA requires CSP renewal every five years, showing continuity in the speaking profession.
How To Study - General Methods
When you are in the classroom: 
·                     Write down the teacher's questions. (They will be on the test.)
When you are at home:
·                     Remove all Distractions.
When you read your textbook:
·                     Read the Introduction. (You will know what is important to come.)
·                     Read the Conclusion. (You will know what was important.)
·                     Read the questions at the end of the chapter. (You will already have some of the answers from the introduction and conclusion.)
·                     Skim each page by reading everything printed differently or by reading the first sentence of each paragraph. (You will find more answers to the questions                                                            at the end of the chapter.)
·                     Read in small chunks and answer the question "What have I just read?"
You should look at your notes but really study:
·                     Color coded index cards. 
As you study the index cards:
·                     Say them aloud and make an Audio test of them.
When you are finished and you think you know it all:
·                     Write everything just to prove you know it.
Take the few index cards you do not know and:
·                     Study them in a different place. (You may remember what you studied by where you studied it.)
Now you know it all. Relax. Look at the difficult index cards and:
·                     Review them before you go to sleep.
If you have a timer, you can:
·                     Play the tape while you sleep.
When you awaken, to refresh your memory:
·                     Play the tape while you are getting dressed.
When you get into the classroom, you can:
·                     Associate a place in the room for the few items you still can't remember.
As soon as you receive a test:
·                     Write on the test paper itself what you are still having trouble remembering.
If it is an essay test:
·                     Write the essay the night before and the answer will flow from the pen during the test.
If it is a computer marked test, you must:
                      Ask if you should guess because on some test you can earn a better mark if you             leave blanks.