SMART! A Reading Tutor’s Guide

Helping Teens Read, Think, and Act Smarter

Paperback: 478 pages; Annotated Bibliography and detailed Index
Publisher: Keystone Court Press (July 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988532018
ISBN-13: 978-0988532014
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches


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About Smart!

SMART!Highly regarded by educators, SMART! A Reading Tutor’s Guide is a complete handbook for adults who want to help teens excel at reading and learning. SMART! is also an indispensable aid in setting up a tutoring practice. It covers all aspects of individual reading instruction from word recognition through in-depth understanding at the advanced high school level. With this guide, any educated person, even one who has never taught before, can help teens read well, love reading, and become motivated, independent learners.

While this book focuses on teaching teens, its use isn’t confined to one age group. Teachers who work with younger children are using the ideas in SMART! to help their students become more confident, enthusiastic readers. At the same time, instructors of college students and adults are finding practices here to help their students master the demands of higher level academic reading.

Learn to:

  • Set up a tutoring practice and do an informal evaluation.
  • Help teens understand and enjoy fiction reading by making mental movies and more.
  • Teach phonics effectively.
  • Help teens understand their textbooks without dying of boredom.
  • Show students how to get the big picture by focusing on main idea and metaphor.
  • Teach a complete speed reading course that will allow your students double or triple their reading speed and understand more.
  • Talk with teens about success, failure and perseverance in a way that engages and inspires. Let the section on Emotions, Attitudes, and Aptitude be your guide.

High-quality tutoring transforms students’ lives. As a tutor for more than three decades, Sylvia Keepers has had the opportunity and pleasure of playing a part in hundreds of such transformations. Teens and children no one has been able to help before now succeed regularly in school and in life as a result of her efforts. In SMART! Sylvia shares winning practices, attitudes and tips that will allow other tutors and homeschool parents to experience a new level of success with their own students.

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For additional information about Sylvia Keepers, this important book, and her tutoring work, including useful tips. Please visit the website dedicated to this important work, SMART! A Reading Tutor’s Guide.



This book is solid gold for reading tutors and teachers. Finally we have a text that spells out exactly what to do to meet the needs of our struggling readers. We’ve all had students we desperately wanted to help and had to rely on intuition and best guesses. No more. SMART! A Reading Tutor’s Guide provides a road map full of practical activities for reading assessment and instruction. Insightfully mixing practice, theory, and anecdote, this book is incredibly helpful for anyone charged with improving student reading. This will be our next book study with our secondary reading interventionists.

—Ramona Lowe, Ph.D.
Secondary Literacy Design Coach

Classroom teacher/reading tutor approved!!

As a teacher of language arts I find this book spot on when it comes to diagnosing and treating reading issues in adolescents. The practical nature of it had me wondering why I hadn’t thought of it before, and yet there are gems galore that I would never have put together. I have pondered starting a side business of one-on-one tutoring-can definitely see that as a retirement option—and have already plastered the book with sticky notes. Sylvia Keepers has done all the work for me. I can’t imagine how long it took for her to put this treasure chest together, but I am ever so grateful she did. —L.W. Smith

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