Alyse Boaz left school at 15. She initially worked in offices and as a sales representative. At 21 she went back to part-time study, gaining a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma in Teaching, and a Diploma in Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties. Alyse has been involved with developing teaching standards, national moderation, and standards accreditation. Effective assessment writing is of particular interest to her. She has also taught international, mainstream and special learning needs students. This background led Alyse to develop this book with the aim of assisting students to understand their own learning needs so they can achieve positive educational experiences.