Happy Grades

Workbook Companion Guide for Parents and Educators

by Tricia Underwood

Tired of watching your students/teenagers stuck in a cycle of stress, procrastination, and low self-efficacy?

Happy Grades will show what happens when students stop chasing good grades and all the procrastination, boredom, and burnout in the process, and start a different approach to success in school. Parents and educators are on to the fact that old lessons on time management, study skills, and organization just aren’t cutting it anymore. Happy Grades is a new approach to showing students how to succeed without trading in on their happiness, interests, or peace of mind.

With writing prompts in each section, you’ll learn how students:

  • Create meaningful habits
  • Use curiosity to stay engaged and tackle big tasks
  • Improve motivation, focus, and memory
  • Increase happiness and resilience
  • Connect with peers, improve relationships, and be accountable
  • Challenge the myths about success to cultivate personal values

Paperback: $17.95
eBook: $9.99

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Genre: Education: Parent and Teacher Mentoring, Education: Parent Participation, Parenting & Relationships
ISBN: 978-1-945783-23-4, 978-1-945783-28-9
Publication: September 29, 2023
Length: 148 pages

More About This Book

Speaking and Additional Free Resources

Check out Tricia’s website for:

  • The 3 Good Things Newsletter, where Tricia shares free resources, tips, and strategies
  • Free resource library
  • Links to recent podcast appearances and speaking engagements
  • Blog
  • And more!

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“I am deeply inspired by Tricia’s book Happy Grades. It is a clear, resounding call to educators and parents to look inward and find the joy we need to inspire and support our students, or what I like to call the “win-win.” Tricia has the rare ability to take lofty concepts grounded in research and make them approachable for parents and educators who want to positively impact the lives of their students and children but may not know where to start. Happy Grades is an enlightening work that will reshape how you perceive and nurture executive functioning skills.”
― Sean G. McCormick, Founder, The Executive Function Coaching Academy

“Tricia’s perspective, based on years of experience working with students, teachers, administrators, and parents, highlights her deep understanding of the emotional journey students undertake in their pursuit of education. Rather than being driven solely by the relentless quest for grades, she places paramount importance on how students perceive and experience their academic journey. This humanistic approach addresses the often-overlooked emotional side of education, acknowledging that student success goes beyond mere numerical evaluations.

“One of the book’s standout features is Tricia’s adept integration of the science of happiness. Drawing from research in psychology and well-being in addition to the science of learning and brain development, Tricia provides a compelling argument for the inseparable connection between student well-being and academic performance. Happy Grades offers actionable and accessible tools and tips that empower students to critically examine their approach to learning. By guiding students to reflect on their feelings, motivations, and learning strategies, Tricia equips them with a toolkit that is as invaluable in the classroom as it is in life.

“Tricia gently nudges readers towards self-awareness and positive change, facilitating the discovery of empathy and a deeper understanding of themselves and how they learn best.”
― Rachel Gomez Peterson, Former Dean of Students at The Paideia School in Atlanta, GA

“Finally, an easy, step-by-step roadmap for the whole family to create the healthy, happy relationships they want with each other as well as learn how to be productive, confident, and successful in school. I will be recommending Happy Grades to all the families I work with who feel like the stress and struggles of school are sucking all the joy out of their lives. There is another way, and Happy Grades shows you how.

“Every chapter of both the workbook and companion guide is filled with tips, strategies, and key takeaways, making this duo super actionable. Tricia’s whimsical, conversational writing style makes you feel like you’re talking with one of your closest friends who always has the best advice and knows exactly how to support you to be the best version of yourself.

Happy Grades is the “glue” that’s missing for so many teenagers who want to be successful in school. It not only tells us how to create more happiness, but it also gives us the tools we need to make happiness stick. The Happy Grades Workbook along with Happy Grades: Workbook Companion Guide for Parents and Educators are the perfect combo for every family with teenagers who, together, want to experience more peace, connection, and joy.”
― Susannah Cole, Co-Author, Flexible Mindsets in Schools: Channelling Brain Power for Critical Thinking, Complex Problem-Solving and Creativity

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