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Spire Study System: ASVAB Study Guide 2016-2017 Review

Updated on July 11, 2016
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ASVAB

ASVAB stands forArmed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery it is a multiple choice test, that is given by United States Military Entrance Processing Command. The goal of the test is to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.

Review

First off I want to let everyone know that I was sent a free copy of Spire Study System: ASVAB Study Guide 2016-2017 by Spire Study System for free for only my honest and unbiased review of Spire Study System: ASVAB Study Guide 2016-2017 by Spire Study System.

I have not nor am I planning to take the ASVAB test instead I decided to review this book because I found it interesting from a psychological perspective. This book not only helps prepare students for their ASVAB exam, but also teaches better studying. The book uses psychology in order to help students to study better instead of having to spend more time studying. The book is broken down into modules that allow readers to split their studying into well organized sessions. Besides providing the information and facts that one needs to pass their exam the book also includes practice tests that allow the reader to test themselves to determine if they are truly ready for their exam.

Overall this book is a must have for anyone planning on taking the ASVAB!


Author Interview

What inspired you to write this book?

A group of us started Spire Publishing with hopes of improving the entire test prep industry. We noticed that most test prep companies, including Kaplan, Princeton Review and For Dummies, give you a lot of information, but no instructions about how to use their books. After you purchase their book, you’re on your own. With the Spire Study System, we’re with you the entire way. We give students a 30-day system that tells them what to study, when to study and how to study. This eliminates the guesswork for students and lets them concentrate on learning. The best thing is that the Spire Study System is based on the most recent developments in scientific research and cognitive learning theories. Without going into all the details, most traditional study tips and methods are detrimental to students and do not help them learn the material. The Spire Study System has taken the latest science and applied it to studying, so students can learn better.

Which part was the hardest for you to write and why?

The hardest part was getting the study system right. We wanted to incorporate the best learning practices, but we also wanted to make it accessible. I think the balance we struck is an ideal medium for almost everybody.

Which part was the easiest for you to write and why?

I don’t know if there’s ever an easy part to write for any book. Every part of this book took a lot of time and effort. I’d have say the part we had the least trouble with was the copyright page. We’re so proud of this book that we didn’t hesitate to put the Spire Study System name behind it.

What made you choose to write a book on this topic?

We wanted to apply the Spire Study System to all sorts of exams, but we chose to write the ASVAB book first because we all had previous experience with this exam. We had a former marine working with us at the time, so it just made sense to start with the ASVAB.

What made you decide to become an author?

I think publishing is one of the most cost-effective ways of getting your thoughts into the public sphere. It lets you attach your name to information and get feedback from other people. Besides, writing is such a great way to disseminate information. Even in the age of smartphones and tablets, writing is still an important means of communication. Being an author lets me be part of that.

What makes you qualified to write a book on this topic?

I had worked on ASVAB study guides previously, so I was familiar with all the domains and subtests of the exam. Additionally, we worked with licensed educators and professionals with extensive ASVAB test prep experience, so we were confident that we had the foundation for a great study guide. I’m positive that once people read the book, they will appreciate the expertise and breadth of the information contained within the book.

Do you wish that you had a book like this available when you were a student?

I definitely wish I had a book like this when I was a student. I’ve always had trouble sitting down and reading for long periods of time, so the Spire Study System would have been a tremendous help to me. Since it breaks down studying into short sessions, it would have helped me get through the studying process much more easily.

What advice would you give to those that use this book?

My advice to people who use this book is this: follow the study system. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but the principles are sound. All the information you need is in this book. The difference between the Spire Study System and everything else is that the instructions are included. I like to compare it to building a house. You may have all the materials, but without a blueprint, you won’t get very far. The Spire Study System is the blueprint to digesting the information in a way that will maximize your studying effort.

Is there a specific way your book should be used?

Yes, definitely. I think students have become so accustomed to cramming that they think if they’re not studying all hours of the night, then they’re not studying right. But there’s a difference between studying harder and studying smarter. At Spire Publishing, we believe in studying smarter. With the Spire Study System, you simply follow the calendar in the book and try not to deviate from it. If you miss a day, it’s not the end of the world, but to get the most out of this book, you should follow the calendar as closely as possible. A really neat thing about the Spire Study System is that it meshes very well with the hectic lifestyle that many people lead. Because it breaks up studying into short sessions over 30 days, you maintain a lot of freedom while studying. You don’t need to miss anything fun or important because you’re studying all day. Well, unless you want to miss something (go ahead and use the “I have to study” excuse—we’ll take the fall).

Do you believe that this book will truly help students to get better grades?

Most definitely. The Spire Study System has both a short-term and long-term effect. The short-term effect is that students will remember the information they studied and do well on their exam. But you can’t just forget everything you learned after the test. You will need that information throughout your career. This is where the long-term effect comes into play. Because of the way you studied the material, that information is now filed differently in your brain than if you had crammed the night before the test, or even if you had read another study guide without our study system. Since the Spire Study System is designed to increase retention, you should be able to recall the information you read both in the short-term and the long-term.

What type of person would benefit the most from your book?

Anybody can benefit from the Spire Study System, but I think the people who will benefit most from this type of book are those who are looking for a fresh new approach to studying. You know, the free thinkers of the world who are willing to try new things and challenge conventional wisdom…and who also need to study for a test.

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