Assemblies for Students
How to Study – 10 Minutes to an “A”
Third Grade to High School
Making Proper Choices
Third Grade to High School
            All presentations are fast paced and content rich. I believe the difference between a “D” and an “A” is 10 quality minutes of work each night (using color-coded index card and writing it to prove you know it).

            Areas covered: never leave a blank on a teacher made test, reading a half hour a day, the 10 minute plan to an “A” and writing down the teacher’s questions. As the students walk in there is music playing and quotes and pictures on the screen. I get their attention right away. With the use of brainteasers, mentalists tricks (I predict 3 numbers three different students are thinking!)  and lots of funny one-lines and stories keep the students (the teachers, too) focused on the material. Follow-up material and exercises are given. Below are the notes.
              Most people, especially children, do not the time to think about the consequences of their actions. Conscious or unconscious decisions have the same consequences. This assembly will help the students to see the relationship between their choices and the subsequent results that arise from their actions (and sometime from their inaction).

                Areas covered: Student responsibility, logical consequences – long & short term, some funny & some not so funny, positive mental attitude, ways to say “No!”, and a poem  - The Wrong Kind of Laughter

How To Study Program
Any Ages

How to Study – Part II
Third Grade to High School
                 Many schools have Sports Camps in August Why not an Academic Camp? Each summer I present my How to Study seminar to the girls at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown Pa. This is a highly academic school. Dr. Judy Caviston (215-233-3178) will attest to the quality of the program:

                 Richard Gallagher is a professional “student of studying”.  In witnessing Richard’s “Study Skills Seminar” with students and faculty, I was most impressed with his ability to capture his audience.  He makes a vital educational process palatable to even the most reluctant.  By the end of the seminar, Richard’s multi-dimensional, entertaining approach has produced students who demonstrate a true grasp of different studying techniques.  Our students’ positive responses are testament to his effective approach.

Judith A. Caviston, Ed.D.
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
120 W. Wissahickon Ave.
Flourtown PA. 19031 

            Nobody wants to fail. Most people have no plan for success. That is the reason for this program. The AT RISK student needs a plan more than the average student, although all students need help at some time.

            Many teachers, coaches and parents will tell a student to “work harder,” whatever that means. Working hard is only part of success. You must work smart as well.
             Many times a student needs only one or two ideas that work to get
the “I can do it” feeling again. This is hard to believe but it happens every time! Using association techniques and as many senses as possible I will have the students memorize (fourth graders take about 45 minutes and twelfth graders about 30 minutes – the difference is that the older students write faster) the 8 things you do if somebody is having a stroke, (when I am in a religious school the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit), the 4 reasons the native Americans did not like the white man, and the first 17 states in alphabetical order. They all know them because during the 30 to 45 minutes they will write them to prove they know them, every class a student will tell them backwards. We will repeat the last 8 states just one time. Their eyes open and start to say “I Can Do It!” What a marvelous sound to hear!

            Now that they have experienced success again, hopefully they will be willing to use some of the more difficult ideas (writing down the teacher’s questions, using color-code index cards, the audio recorder, etc.).

            The first half of the program shows that everyone has a good memory. The second half deals with reading to remember, note taking, and test taking. Three tests are given. They are not testing on content but to show test taking skills.

            Anyone who has taken the seminar will tell you that they laugh and learn. A good time is had by all!
             As we enter the 21st century the schools are beginning to stress the three “C’s”: computing, critical thinking and the capacity for change. To be successful the students must learn to be knowledge navigators.

            Areas covered: a little bit about computers, a small portion about change but mostly about critical thinking. Many examples will be shown where there is not necessarily just one correct answer. A second, third or even a fourth answer is correct. It drives the students nuts when there is more than one way to get the right answer. It is a fact that the capital of New York is Albany. That is it. No questions asked. Outside of school there are more than one right answer to most problems. That is the focus of the program. Lots of student involvement. Many Brainteaser booklets are given away!

Freshman Year in College Need Not Be a Bummer
College-Bound Juniors and Seniors
               Too many students (myself included) are not aware of all the changes and choices they will encounter in their first year of college. This program will give do’s and don’ts to make the academic transition from high school to university life easier.

            Areas covered: choosing a major, competing with other students, the Slight Edge Principle, recommended readings, the use of color-coded flash cards, how to sell old textbooks for m ore than you paid, impressing the teacher, cutting your work load in half and much more.

            Especially good in the spring.

Test Taking
Third Grade to High School
               With all the state assessment tests the students need all the help they can get. In many instances knowing how to take a test will earn you a better grade even though you don’t really know any more of the material. To become test wise is the purpose of this assembly.​​

            Areas covered: Think & figure, “How am I going to take this test?”, schedule your time, read & follow the directions, write down what you will forget, skip the difficult ones (circle them), do the easier ones first (X them off), review the difficult ones first, review the easy ones as well, test anxiety, for a reading test read the first sentence of each paragraph and them read all the questions. A simple reading test is taken with much interaction with the students!
“I should have had this when I was in 4th grade. Best day of school – ever.  Enthusiasm was contagious…practical and easy to implement…down to earth…eye opener…enjoyable as well as educational…funny…exciting…learned more in one hour than form the entire Study Skills course in our school…inspirational to us all…stimulating…clear…concise…sense of confidence…Mr. Gallagher is a regular comedian…interest and comprehensive at an all time high…I like the way your hands talk…cut my study time in half…highest recommendation…makes students feel that they are capable of performing…easy to understand…de-mystifies studying…actively involves the audience…taught me to be the best student I can be…He’s goooood!”
Various Students