Where's My Stuff? 2nd Edition

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There is a BIG need for better organizational and time management skills amongst students, but this text is not the answer in my opinion.  It might work for middle grade students (as Kirkus asserts in a review), but the tone is rather condescending and babyish for my high school students.  While I appreciate the opportunity to review WHERE'S MY STUFF? 2ND EDITION by Samantha Moss, Lesley Martin, and Michael Wertz, I will continue to look for alternatives. 2.5 stars
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I'd say most of the book is practical but not 100% helpful, because some advices seem a little too common-knowledge-y for teens, probably more suitable for younger kids (or not), but judging from the word count, it does seem like a book for teens. What I disliked the most about this book are the designs - page design, color schemes, font size changes, overall it's not very visually comfortable to read.
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This book was a fairly useful tool for my early teens who are preparing for a new grade at high school. While one of my children coped quite well with it, they are naturally organised anyway and enjoy making lists etc. My other child found it too wordy, too "hard", they wanted to "do it later", all of the other things that make them disorganised in the first place! There are many resources available at stationery shops and the like which are probably more convenient than this book e.g. not having to photocopy the planning pages in the book and that makes the book a little redundant in some ways. It also tries to cover an awful lot of ground with the organisation of schoolwork, school bag, school locker, bedroom and study space and both of my children found this a little overwhelming. Its focus on the American market was also a bit off-putting for my kids: talk of 3 hole binders, Ivy League school applications and so on were confusing. They also found some of the solutions confusing or impractical, such as bringing an accordion file with school work in it to class. I'm not sure that this book would be something I would buy my children. We might get it out of the library or look through it online but another book to add to the clutter of already messy bedrooms and brains isn't an option.
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Being a Mom of a middle school teen, I struggle with trying to help her keep organized. This is a simple book with helpful organizing tips for teens as well as adults. It was short and easy to follow. Bonus, there are example pictures.
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I appreciate the clear and concise layout of this book. Along with tips, the authors include checklists and and other helpful illustrations that allow you learn or remind yourself at a glance. Sometimes the side comments seem a little young for teens, but the information is valuable -- and adults could even learn a thing or two about organizing. Their section on digital organization, though brief, is an important inclusion - and gives readers a good starting point.
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I'm not sure I'd rate this for older teenagers it is so dumbed down for teenagers nowadays. Many older teens are already taking classes we took our first years on college are and I know my boys as teenagers wouldn't have liked the book.

It would be great for pre-teens transitioning into middle school when they first begin to get challenged and need to get in a routine. I do need to say the colors are just painful to look at. I like bright and cheerful but this actually hurt my eyes and I had to dim the screen so I could finish the book. I am also not a fan of the chapter headings constantly changing colors and font sizes. I found it distracting.

There are good organizational opportunities in the book but again all my kids were already using most of these in middle school once the classwork became challenging and most teachers expect their schoolwork to be organized in this manner.

I would say this book is best suited for the ages if 10-13 year old kids. At that age my children were already taking computer classes and were familiar with organizing digital submissions and writing basic papers. That particular chapter (6) would stay applicable to most any student because I've seen college students struggle with organizing files and using thumb drives.

However, making an all  encompassing list that includes buy soda, text my friend back, apply to college, sit down at a desk and read my homework assignment..... For one nobody wants to read an entire day of trivial information to buy stuff from the store. No teenager alive needs to be reminded to text friends. And adding walk over to a desk sit down at the desk and read my homework assignment is insulting.

I do realize this is just information to get them in the habit of making to-do lists but let's be realistic these are things that probably need to be on separate lists. But that's just me being nitpicky and Invisioning teenage boys to reading this and finding it helpful. Inknow they wouldn't want a tutorial on how to pack stuff into a backpack or organizing a locker but I could be wrong.

I do like chapter 12 dealing with deadlines it has good advice. Overall I guess what I'm saying is some parts of this book are great and some not so much. Each person will be different and on a different organizational level so there is something probably for all in this book. I guess embrace what you need and don't mind the rest. I recommend this book for middle school ages or first year of high school (if they are particularly unorganized) after that age I feel its too basic. I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
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3 stars

If I were a teenager, this book would be a great help! It's concise and limited to the important stuffs: material objects.
Although it contains digital objects & scheduling, my main take from the book is: give your stuffs a place. As easy as that, but I reckon not many do it.
Overall easy book to read without being patronizing, perfect for teenager 12-15 yo.
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I enjoyed this book, which is full of interesting and helpful tips for children. I wouldn't say this was aimed at teenagers, perhaps children who are transitioning from primary to secondary (in the UK so around 11-12 years old)  but I feel teenagers would feel patronised by it.
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Not really sure where to place this book as there's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it's just that it would definitely depend on the type of teen you're buying this for. For some kids this would be a 5 star, for others it would be a 1. I like the idea of this book and the tips. I like the use of the bright colours and I like the illustrations. I particularly like the few interactive sections that will help keep kids engaged, especially the quiz at the beginning. However, I'm just not sold on the idea that the 'average' teen would WANT to read this, and wouldn't just view this book like more homework. As I said, this would definitely be a great book for the right reader, but it's not for everyone.
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Upon looking at this book, the first impression it gives is "this is the offspring of a For Dummies book and a textbook." The colours are very bright and reminiscent of a Microsoft Word template, the layout a little bit like a textbook that's trying to be hip and trendy. I can't say I like that much, but I also can't say I hate it: I just think maybe it's trying a little too hard to appeal to teens and in the process appealing a little more to preteens who want to feel like teens. I mean, the book even starts off talking about "the s word" -- by which it actually means "stuff" and not the thing most of us assume.

That said, however, this book is quite useful in spite of its borderline-kitschy appearance (there's a lime green page with primary red writing and another with the exact inverse) and possibly trying a little too hard to be appealing (one section drones on about how kids these days have it so much worse than their parents because they have to keep track of digital files and not just physical notebooks). When you get past the subpar quiz, for which there are such limited and somewhat stereotypical answers that I often found myself unable to answer with complete honesty, this book provides tips on how to combat some of the most common issues which stand between teens (and in some cases people in general) and getting organized. In fact, one tip for using a repurposed tackle box to organize writing materials is one I used back in the mid-2000s when I was a teen! It felt nice to see something that I found super helpful get suggested for use in a organizational guide.

In addition to the methods of organization, this book offers a few tips on dealing with the overwhelming nature of having too much on one's mind, having a busy schedule, etc. I found these tips especially useful, even as an adult. That said, however, I imagine I'll never find the time to actually act on these tips... and I highly doubt most active youth will, either. It's one thing to suggest writing down and organizing all your thoughts and things you consider doing; it's another to actually have the time or energy for following through. But planners? Oh, yes, I plan (ha!) to make great use of the tips in that section. I've never understood how to make planners WORK, and with explanations and guides provided here I finally think I might understand a bit better. I sincerely think this will help me get my plethora of abandoned projects and last-minute appointments back in order. Hopefully. (Never know until you try, right?)

Overall, this is a somewhat overly stylized yet useful guide to learning how to organize, sort, plan, and otherwise try to be less overwhelmed by clutter of both mind and physical space. It's a quick and easy read which gets right to the point most of the time but doesn't leave too much guesswork. I strongly suggest getting a print copy instead of a digital copy, as it contains little worksheets where you're meant to write down your plans etc. while learning how to organize better.

(Note: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest and voluntary review. The opinions in my review are mine alone.)
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I received a free digital advanced review copy through NetGalley. The tips are great but the color scheme and illustrations are more tween than teen,
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